Local Michigan Honey Farms: Where to Get the Best Raw, Beeswax, Great Lakes Honey, Unfiltered Honey + MI Honey Gifts, Gift Boxes, Honey Festival, Honeybee Experiences and How to Start Your Own Bee Colony

Local Michigan Honey Farms: Where to Get the best honeyLocal Michigan Honey Farms: Where to Get the best honey

Local Michigan Honey Farms: Where to Get the Best Raw, Beeswax, Great Lakes, Unfiltered Honey + MI Honey Gifts | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

Are you searching for local honey near you?  Honey makes such an incredible gift as it's so useful, you can buy local and it has wonderful health benefits.

Chris and I always have at least one jar of local honey in our pantry at all times as we it use in coffee, pancake mix, marinades, baked goods and whenever someone is coughing or has a sore throat!   

We are always adding to our honey page when we find new sources.

Michigan Honey Facts

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  • Michigan honey production for 2021 totaled 5.15 million pounds per the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region Office. Nationally, honey production in 2021 totaled 126 million pounds, 
  • Honey production is down 14 percent from 2020.
  • Michigan is ranked eighth in the United States for producing honey.
  • The lighter the honey, the milder the flavor.

Map of Where to Pick Up Local Michigan Honey

Want a Honeybee Experience? Check out Bees in the D!

I had an absolutely incredible honeybee hive experience with Bees in the D (from Detroit). They did a special presentation at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Armada Mi during Blake's Lavender Festival.  Bees in the D have several hives in the cherry orchard, how beautiful, right?!  We learned all about the hives and the queen. Did you know there are only about 5 drones (males) in each hive and the queen lives about 5 years?  If the queen isn't thriving, the hive isn't either.  

Bees in the D has several honeybee/honey related activities and volunteer experiences throughout the year. 

Where to Buy Local Michigan Honey-Perfect for Honey Gifts (Most Are Online Orders)

Below is a list of local Michigan Honey Farms. Many farms have online stores so you can buy direct and have it shipped to your home.

  • **I highly recommend checking business websites or Facebook pages if you plan to visit in person or pick up orders.  Always verify their hours of operation, location and availability with the farm before driving.

After speaking with a couple of the farms below, I was surprised to learn that they transport their bees to Florida in the winter and then in April they return to Michigan to continue their little bee jobs of pollinating!

Buell Bee Haven Farms -  4714 Bullard Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Roadside sign with Michigan local honey.  They will be open mid April.

Great Lakes Raw Michigan Honey - (Flint) Great Lakes Honey has tons of Michigan honey products including honey, skin salve, lip balm, puppy paw salve, sugar scrubs, shirts, bees wax and candles. Carries Hasselman's honey. You can purchase these fun honey products on their webpage or several retailers listed here.

Harvest Honeybee Farm produces, package, and sell locally-made, unfiltered honey. See their Facebook page for more info on purchasing their honey.

Harvey's Farm (2651 15 Mile Rd, Tekonsha, MI): They carry honey from Harvest Honeybee Farm (located in Hickory Corners, MI) at their farm. Variety of sizes from a 12 oz squeezable honey bear to a 60 pound bucket (by pre order only).

Hudsonville honey (8227 State Rd, Nunica, MI 49448)  Order some of their wildflower honey or honey lotion bar.  Shop their online shop or if you live in the West Michigan area just email them and you can pick it up when you order is ready. They are located in the Coopersville, MI area right between Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Local Buzz- (Livonia, MI) Cut comb honey, creamed honey and pure raw wildflower honey. Purchase at their online store.

McCoy's Sweet Bee Honey - (2275 Crockard Rd. Bad Axe, MI 48413) Pure honey, creamed honey.  You can phone, email or text orders-check their website for details on local orders. There is also a shop online to purchase honey products. You can also drop off containers at the big blue building on Crockard and they will fill them with honey and let you know when they are ready for pick up.  

Michigan Bee Company- Pure, raw Michigan honey. Purchase at their online store.

Midland Farmers Market - Opening day will be Saturday, May 7, 2022. The Midland Area Farmers Market will be located at Dow Diamond East parking lot for the 2022 season. 

Nebula Farms - Small family owned and operated farm in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.  They cultivate their raw honey from their colonies of Buckfast and Carniolan bees. Their hard working bees are kept in a 100-year-old apple orchard next to fields of strawberry and buckwheat as well as local wildflowers. Purchase their honey at their online store or at the Calumet Main Street market. You may find their thimbleberry jam, raw honey, pure maple syrup and beeswax candles! (Chris and I are a huge fan of their honey, we are received some as a gift from Chris's Mom!)

Rex Apiary - (Hartland, Michigan). Raw, unfiltered honey. Purchase at their online store.

Risk’s Apiary and Honey House - (7575 Hollister Rd.,Laingsburg,) MI 48848 Raw, local honey! Come on out!

S & L Honey Farm LLC - (9486 W Mt Morris Rd, Flushing, MI 48433) Bees wax, honey products etc. Honey is not pasteurized & nothing is added. ALL pure raw honey. Come on out!

Sister Bees - Located in Ludington Michigan, Sister Bees sells candles, raw Michigan wildflower honey, beeswax, lip balms, skin care, Michigan Cherry Creamed Honey. Sweet, delicious, and straight from the hive. Purchase their products at their online store.

Sleeping Bear Farms (971 S Pioneer Rd, Beulah, MI) - On-Line Store Only. They make 100% raw honey products at their farm in Beulah, Michigan. Star Thistle Michigan honey is available in their online store. For the best raw honey, and bulk honey, comb honey, beeswax, wild honey, honey sticks. They also have honey gift boxes.

Spencer's Apiaries (768 Pleasant Ridge, Lake Orion, MI. 48362) Raw honey, honey straws, lip balm, coffee, beeswax, sugar scrubs, candles and more! Order online.

Sweet Blossom Honey  (9084 Parke Rd Alanson, MI 49706) Contact Tina on their Facebook page to arrange honey purchases. They are open to the public.

Turtlebee Farms -(3415 E Cohoctah Rd, Howell, MI 48855) Check their website for products and they have a calendar of when they are open. They also have bee classes, so check it out!

Whitfield's Raw Honey -(9235 Windemere Court, Clarkston, MI  48348) All orders for their local Michigan honey can be made on their website and then picked up. No chemicals, heat processing or antibiotics. 

Willow Blossom Farms - (4872 N Canal Rd, Dimondale, MI 48821) They are beekeepers who run a honey business and sell various honey products including liquid honey, comb and chunk honey, honey creme and wax. So stop on out!

Windmill Hill Farm (1686 Sheridan Line, Croswell, MI): Produces only wildflower honey exclusively from the thumb of Michigan. Raw, not filtered, natural. They have over 3000 hives! They have an online store, store in Croswell and their honey is sold throughout the Thumb region. 

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Where to Pick Michigan (Best Farms for U Pick):

Michigan Honey Gifts from Local Michigan Honey Farms 

HoneyTree Great Lakes Raw Michigan Honey, 24-Ounce

  • 24oz container with wide mouth lid.
  • 100% Pure, Raw, Michigan sourced, natural honey.

Based in Onsted, Michigan, HoneyTree provides superior honey to its customers 

Sister Bees (from Ludington) Have Lots of Fantastic Products!

  • Michigan Bee Gift Set - Made in Michigan - Perfect honey gift set for family, friends or yourself! Support Michigan made products (from Ludington)

Sleeping Bear Farms Star Thistle Honey!

If you love Michigan honey, you will love Star Thistle Honey from Sleeping Bear Farms located in Beula, Michigan!

It's unpasteurized, unblended bulk honey with no additives! Pure Michigan honey

If you are looking for a more manageable size of Star Thistle honey from Sleeping Bear Farms beekeepers, check out this 32oz. bottle! 

Great Michigan honey gift!

Honey in its raw form has a ton of natural health benefits including:

  • Honey is a natural healthier sweetener for eating, cooking, baking.
  • Honey helps alleviate allergy symptoms by desensitizing ​seasonal pollen allergens
  • Honey can bee used as a topical treatment of wounds and burns
  • Honey is a natural cough suppressant and can help deduce sore throats-I use honey for this!

Michigan Honey Festival!

  • Attend the Michigan Honey Festival! 

The Michigan Honey Festival is an educational venue to get people together to learn about honeybees and honey, no matter what their skills or knowledge. Held July 16 & 17, 2022. $5.00 cash/vehicle/day entry. Location: 2900 Hibbard Rd. Corunna, MI 48817

Photo: Bianca AckermannPhoto: Bianca Ackermann

Where to Purchase Bee Colonies and How to Get Started

Local Buzz - Everything you need to start your own bee colony. Pickup in Livonia and Ann Arbor Michigan.

Turtlebee Farms -(3415 E Cohoctah Rd, Howell, MI 48855). Apiary products and bee classes.

Rex ApiaryHartland, Michigan. "We want to do our part to supply fellow beekeepers with the best bees and the best hives we can. We love working with new beekeepers and established apiarists alike!"

Is Honey Made in Michigan?

Yes, absolutely! Michigan has several bee farms throughout Michigan! Check out our list!

Can you sell honey in Michigan? Yes, of course!

Do I need to cook 'Raw' honey? Nope! Just enjoy raw honey as it is. 

Local Honey Retailers

  • Apple Valley Natural Foods in Holland, MI
  • Bill’s Shop N Save in Fremont, MI
  • Cafe 31 in Montague, MI
  • Central Park Market in Holland, MI
  • Flowerland in Alpine, Kentwood and Wyoming, MI
  • Frank’s Meat & Produce in Detroit, MI
  • Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars in Ann Arbor, Holland, Petoskey and Traverse City, MI
  • Green Wellness Life in Caledonia, MI
  • Health Hutt in North Muskegon, MI
  • Healthy Pantry in Whitehall, MI
  • Holt Farmers Market, Holt, MI
  • Horrocks, various locations
  • John’s Produce in Newaygo, MI
  • Ken’s Farm Market in Ionia, MI
  • Ken’s Fruit Markets in Grand Rapids and Wyoming, MI
  • Kingma’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kin of Hope Natural Health in Cedar Springs, MI
  • Monticello’s Market & Butcher Block, 16912 Marsh Rd, Haslett, MI 48840
  • Reserve Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Rockford Cheese Shop in Rockford, MI
  • Roosink’s Fruit Storage & Orchards in Fremont, MI
  • Spice Merchants in Ann Arbor, Galena, Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, MI
  • South Lansing Farmers’ Market, 800 W. Barnes Ave, Lansing, MI
  • Zerbo’s Health Food Store, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 

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