Like the pedigree of the Killer Bee, born of wild, exotic travels, our families boast a blend of cultures, continents and religions. My mother escaped Nazi Germany on the last boat before Hitler canceled all visas to Jews. My father was a Baptist who grew up in Southern Appalachia during the Depression. My wife’s father was a Turkish Muslim immigrant who met his Polish Catholic wife on a blind date at the University of Illinois.
Having faced and conquered adversity, Killer Bee descendants eventually made America their home. Similarly, my wife and I migrated through the urban landscapes of Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago before settling at the summit of a mountain in the Smokies. Except for the constant hum of millions of hard-working bees, we enjoy a quiet life. We gladly share our woods with wild turkey, deer, coyote, fox, bobcat and a noisy Pileated Woodpecker. Black bears occasion by. That’s when our Killer Bees put their inner scutellata to good use.
Our Killer Bees have a fascinating and varied genealogy. I wish I could translate the Queens' ancient humming and eavesdrop on the stories passed from hive to hive. Sadly, I am as deaf to their song as I was to the Yiddish curses that colored my mother’s speech when I was young. But we are confident that once you taste Killer Bees Honey, you too will appreciate our blend, which generations of bees have perfected.
Tour and Honey Tasting
The Killer Bees Honey apiary tour & honey tasting will introduce you to the elemental intensity of a hive, its queen, and her subjects. Included is an upfront and personal bee meet & greet, an opportunity to pour your own bottle of honey and culminating with a taste of the delicious fruits of their labor. Watch the bees as they tend their hives and forage for nectar. Learn what they are doing and why they do it! Each tour is limited to 12 people, allowing for a greater personal experience.
In a world overwhelmed by distractions, let our honeybees share their ancient routines with you. Lose yourself in the inner workings of a hive as thousands of bees commit to their daily regiments of caring for each other and the flora around them. Come to understand that a nurse bee taking care of larvae, or a foraging bee flying from a nectar source then returning to her colony are not arbitrary movements, but carefully choreographed, precisely defined duties. Honey bees are social insects. They are fiercely connected to their sisters and their queen. The only thing that separates them is their division of function and labor.