Welsh Mountain Apiaries
Named after their picturesque home base location in eastern Lancaster County, Welsh Mountain Apiaries is a locally thriving wild forage beekeeping operation. What began with one beehive as a Wenger family project in 2014, has incrementally grown to currently more than 140 production hives. To the happy delight of their growing list of discerning customers, they work tirelessly to ensure their honey is free from pesticides and GMO pollen. With great attention to detail, the Wenger’s keep their hives on organic farms, forests and wild meadows…allowing them to harvest and bottle local raw honey that is fresh and unfiltered.
Although it is common amongst large beekeepers, Welsh Mountain does not feed their bees high fructose corn syrup. And they keep their bees healthy by controlling mites without the use of chemicals. While it requires a lot of extra effort, instead of relying on pollination services, they consistently move their hives to locations that maximize wild forage opportunities.
Bottled honey varieties include raw basswood, buckwwheat, orange blossom, raspberry blossom, wildflower, clover, locust, & more…all available for purchase, see below Retail Locations Toggle.
Welsh Mountain Apiaries
(Not a Retail Location)
1585 Pine Grove Road
Bethel, PA 19507
From the Lamar Wenger Family…
“In 2014, our daughter wanted a beehive for her birthday gift. We did some research and visited a friend who has beehives, and we got our first hive that summer as a family project not a birthday gift. That hive made it through the winter, and that first spring 2015 we split that hive into three hives and gave one to each of my two oldest daughters. The three hives made five gallons of honey each. We sold the surplus at my brother’s dairy store.
In 2016 we increased that number to 12 hives, 7 of them were production hives, that year they made 450 pounds of surplus honey. We sold most of it in my brother’s store and also one other store. In the fall of 2016 we had people show interest in buying large quantities of our honey, so we decided to get more hives. In the spring of 2017, we increased to 75 production hives. And now, in 2018, we are hoping to have 140+ production hives.
Our vision is to have a business where our family can work together, and to provide our customers with exceptional honey. Following are some practices we follow that we feel are important to insure our customers get the best honey possible.
Our Retail Locations..
Welsh Mountain Apiaries honey is sold in the following stores:
Meadow View Jerseys Dairy Store, Shady Maple Farm Market, Fox Meadows Creamery, September Farms, Hartz Natural Food, Hillside Bulk Foods, Oregon Dairy, Community Natural Foods, Sav-more Grocery, Countryside Roadside Stand, Brandywine Produce, Stoltzfus Meats, Frienschaft Market, Welsh Mountain Canning, Village Farm Market, Lancaster Central Market (2 stands…Pure Plate and Amish Recipes with their own labels with “sourced from Welsh Mountain Apiaries”), Cecil B. Moore Farmers Market, Hunting Park Farmer’s Market, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, and via Swiss Villa Distribution.