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Bill's Bees Wildflower HoneyHoney for Thanksgiving! Looking for delicious honey recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner? Support your local beekeeper and try these marvelous honey inspired recipes from The National Honey Board. They are extra special when made with Bill's Bees 100% Raw California Honey.

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November officially kicks off the holiday season, the time of year when families are getting together to enjoy each other’s company, catch up and share stories, or even play a backyard football game. And what brings people together like a good meal? We’re not sure about you, but there is just something about being home for the holidays that makes everything a little bit better, until it comes to the menu planning, that is. But fear not, we are here to make your Thanksgiving a little easier with these five delicious, honey-inspired recipes that are sure to be a hit with all the relatives and friends who are gathered around the family table!

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sticky Buns

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sticky Buns


  • 2 Tablespoons - butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 loaf - frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/3 cup – honey
  • 1 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1 cup - finely chopped pecans or walnuts

    Grease 12 muffin cups with butter. Roll out thawed dough on lightly floured board to 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Mix honey and cinnamon. Using back of spoon, spread in even layer over dough. Sprinkle with nuts. Roll up dough, starting from long edge and end with seam on bottom. Cut dough roll using a gentle sawing motion into 12 equal-size buns. Place buns, spiral side up, in muffin cups. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let rise 30 to 60 minutes or until buns puff and fill cups. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and carefully turn pan upside down onto board, letting syrup drip onto buns before removing them from pan.
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    Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    • 2 lbs. - sweet potatoes or yams
    • 2/3 cup - orange juice
    • 1/3 cup - honey
    • 1 Tablespoon - cornstarch
    • 1/2 teaspoon - ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon - ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon - salt
    • 1 Tablespoon - butter or margarine

    Wash and pierce potatoes or yams. Place on a piece of heavy-duty foil and bake at 375°F for 40 to 50 minutes until just tender. Cool, peel and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces. Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cooked potatoes or yams in dish; set aside. In small pan, combine orange juice, honey, cornstarch, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Stir until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat stirring until thick and mixture begins to boil. Stir and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Pour over potatoes or yams stirring to coat. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and potatoes are tender.

    Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce 

    Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce


    • 2 - cups - fresh cranberries
    • 2 - tart apples, peeled, if desired, cut in 1/4” slices
    • 1 cup - chopped onion
    • 1/3 cup - olive oil
    • 1/3 cup - honey
    • 4 teaspoons - red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon - ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon - ground cinnamon
    • Freshly ground black pepper

    In a medium saucpan stir all ingredients. Heat to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes; stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate.
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     Honey Cornbread Stuffing

    Honey Cornbread Stuffing

    • 4 cups - day-old Honey Cornbread
    • 1 (4 oz.) - Italian sausage
    • 1 cup - chopped green bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup - minced onion
    • 1/2 cup - chopped celery
    • 1 Tablespoon - minced parsley
    • 1 teaspoon - dried thyme leaves, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon - salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon - ground black pepper
    • 1/3 cup - chicken broth
    • 2 Tablespoons - honey

    In large bowl, place crumbled cornbread. Remove sausage from casing. In medium skillet, crumble and sauté sausage until brown. Using slotted spoon, remove sausage from skillet and add to cornbread. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of fat. Return skillet to medium-high heat; stir in bell pepper, onion and celery. Sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cool slightly, then add to cornbread. In small bowl, combine broth and honey. Pour over stuffing. Place stuffing in a greased 9x9-inch baking dish. Cover dish with foil and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes until stuffing is lightly browned. As an alternative, pack you may pack stuffing into poultry cavity before roasting.
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     Honey Pumpkin Pie

    Honey Pumpkin Pie

    • 3 - eggs
    • 1 - pastry for single 9-inch pie crust
    • 3/4 cup - honey
    • 1 can (15 oz.) - canned pumpkin
    • 1 cup - evaporated milk
    • 2 Tablespoons - flour
    • 1 teaspoon - cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon - ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon - nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon - salt

    Preheat oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Brush one teaspoon beaten egg on inside of pie crust. Place crust on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to remaining beaten eggs and whisk to combine. Remove pie crust from oven and carefully pour honey pumpkin mixture into hot crust; bake 5 minutes more at 425°F. Reduce heat to 350°F, and bake 30 to 40 minutes more, until filling is set. Cool completely and serve with Honey Whipped Cream.

    For Honey Walnut Pumpkin Pie, just before serving, combine 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Carefully spread over pie, cut and serve.
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    Thank you to The National Honey Board for these delicious honey inspired Thanksgiving recipes.

    Honey recipes are extra special when made with Bill's Bees 100% Raw California Honey. Honey - Just the Way the Bees Made It!


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    What's Brewing in Liane's Laboratory?

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Handmade Beeswax SoapPumpkin Spiced Latte Handmade Beeswax Soap. Autumn has arrived!!! For this season, Liane has created a delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and real organic pumpkin...enchanced with milk and honey. These lovely soap bars smell and look good enough to eat - but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Liane personally makes all our handmade beeswax soap bars right here in her lab at Bill's Bees Bee Farm. She develops her own recipes and uses beeswax and honey produced by our honey bees. She makes soap the old fashioned way, cold process in small 30 bar batches. It's always a mystery to me; I never know what she's going to come up with next. 

    Our Pumpkin Spiced Latte Handmade Beeswax Soap Bars are amazing, and they're seasonal. Get them while they last!!! Enjoy!

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    Bill's Bees HoneyStix


    Bill's Bees HoneyStix Floral Varieties are 100% Natural Pure Honey made by Bill's Bees honey bees when they gather nectar from California's Avocado and Orange groves, from California Buckwheat, and other native plants and wildflowers of the local San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County. Enjoy Avocado Blossom, Buckwheat, Orange Blossom, and Wildflower HoneyStix. No colors or flavors have been added. 

    Bill's Bees Honeystix Natural Flavored are straws filled with 100% pure sweet clover honey from Oregon and infused with real natural fruit and spice flavors: Cinnamon, Lemon, Lime. No colors or artificial flavors have been added.

    Bill's Bees Gourmet Flavored HoneyStix are bursting with flavor and come in a variety of brilliant colors. They're delightful to look at, fun to eat, and oh, so yummy! The straws are filled with pure sweet clover honey from Oregon then infused with natural and artificial flavorings and colors.

    HoneyStix are a sweet, healthy, taste treat! They’re great for snacks or a quick energy pick-me-up! Pack them in your kid’s lunch, pop them in your backpack, keep a package in your car, or your drawer at work. Bill ran a marathon with a fist full of HoneyStix - 1 stix evey 2 miles. 

    Bill’s Bees HoneyStix are filled with pure honey. Enjoy our Floral Honey Varieties, Natural Flavored HoneyStix, and Gourmet Flavored HoneyStix.

    Honey is an excellent source of healthy energy and are rich in amino acids, antioxidents, vitamins, and minerals. Sweeten your tea, drizzle over cereal, yogurt, or baked good. Squeeze the delicious honey straight from the straw into your mouth!

    To open: Just snip one end of the straw, or, pinch one end of the straw between your thumb and pointer, hold the honeystix so the edge is vertical, and bite down with your back teeth. Then squeeze the honey out and – enjoy! 

    HoneyStix are great as party and wedding favors, Halloween Treats, and Stocking Stuffers.

    Now Available for purchase online Bill's Bees HoneyStix. You can also find Bill's Bees at LA County Farmers Markets.

    We sell packs of 20 Stix for $4.00 (5 oz), (single variety) or packs of 100 Stix for $17.50 (24 oz), (single variety). This works out to the same price we sell them at farmers markets.

    All Bill's Bees HoneyStix are made with US Grade "A" Honey and are a product of USA. 

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    What's Up at Bill's Bees?

    What are they doing with that mannequin? 

    Come on out to the Bee Booth at the Los Angeles County Fair and see what Bill and Clyde have been up to.

    Pomona Fairgrounds
    1101 West McKinley Ave., 
    Pomona, CA 91768
    (Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')

    September 4-27, 2015

    (Wed-Sun/except for Labor Day Weekend when we're open on Monday)

    As if they didn't have enough to do with bees, beekeeping, honey, and sharing their experience with others about bees and beekeeping and honey, each year you'll find these two illustrious beekeepers up on the roof hanging out with Beekeeper Bob. Or perhaps we should say trying to get Beekeeper Bob up on the roof! 


    Bill and Clyde join other members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers of Southern California the weekend before Labor Day getting the Bee Booth ready for the Los Angeles County Fair. They bring in a large observation hive where thousands of school children and fair goers will have a chance to see honey bees up close, to find the honey bee queen, learn about honey bees, their importance in our lives, and what they can do to help honey bees. Clyde will take a break from his beekeeping duties the entire month of September to meet with the general public and share his experience and knowledge about honey bees.  



    After his hard work helping to get the Bee Booth in order, Bill will return to Bill's Bees Bee Farm to work with the bees, without Clyde, oh my!

    Here's Bill at last year's fair trying to catch a wayward bee with his itty bitty butterfly net! 

    We do take time out for fun!  Join us!

    Beekeeper Bob is ready to Welcome You!  



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    What Are You Doing For National Farmers Market Week?

    Bill's Bees joins the nation in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. The week of August 2 through 8, 2015 was declared “National Farmers Market Week” by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    Come celebrate your local farmers market. If you've never been to a farmers market - or you haven't been in a while, National Farmers Market Week is a perfect time to take a leisurely stroll through one of our Los Angeles County Farmers Markets.  

    You'll find an abundance of the freshest California fruits, herbs, nuts, and vegetables locally grown and brought to market by farmers who care about their product. Take the opportunity to talk to some of the vendors and find out where and how their produce is grown. Perhaps they'll share with you some of their health benefits, cooking tips, or recipes.

    Check out the homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, oils and vinegars, fresh eggs and cheeses, nursery plants and flowers.  

    Buzz by Bill's Bees at these Los Angeles County Farmers Markets and pick up California's finest honey. Bill's Bees honey is 100% pure raw local honey; unfiltered, unprocessed. We harvest, extract, and bottle our honey right here on Bill's Bees Bee Farm. Our honey varietals: Alfalfa, Avocado, Buckwheat, Orange Blossom, and Wildflower are Just the Way the Bees Made It! Honey- Direct from the Beekeeper to You! Be sure to try Bill's Bees Caramelized Honey. And the Wildflower Honeycomb, ummm, is out of this world delicious. Pick up sticks - Bill's Bees honeystix, that is! If you're in a hurry, you can order Bill's Bees honey online and pick up at these Farmers Market

    As you explore the market, see if you can identify the many ways honey bees are responsible for most of what you see. 

    Did you know:
    • Bees pollinate 80% of the world's plants including 90 different food crops.
    • 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.
    • The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
    • Honey is the only food that does not spoil (bacteria can’t grow in it, and because of it’s low moisture content and low pH – honey can last indefinitely).
    • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
    • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
    • Man’s first alcoholic beverage, mead, is a wine made with honey.
    By shopping at local farmers markets you'll get to support local farmers, you'll get to know the people who produce your food, you'll get to enjoy food that's truly fresh and delicious. You'll maybe get to dance a jig with one of the local bands. Our Los Angeles County Farmers Markets are truly fun for the whole family. Enjoy!

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    Bill Lewis previously served two terms and Clyde Steese is currently on the California State Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee. Bill Lewis is on the board of the Ventura County Certified Farmers Market Association.  Bill Lewis and Clyde Steese are long-time members and past presidents of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. They are long time members of the California State Beekeepers Association. Bill Lewis was the 2014 President and is currently on the board of the California State Beekeepers Association. Bill and Clyde are both members of the American Beekeeping Federation.

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    Best Honey Recipes for the 4th of July

    American Flag 4th of July Independence Day
    Independence Day
    of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the USA, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was when independence was declared from the tyranny of Great Britain[1]. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworksparades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. Independence Day itself has nothing to do with the military, or soldiers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States) 
    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence: A History

    In addition to Independence Day, July is a month for celebrations: Designated Grilling Month, National Baked Beans Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Postal Worker Day, National Country Music Day, National Hillbilly Day, National Chocolate With Almonds Day, National Hammock Day, and many more fun days for celebration. May you enjoy each and every one. 

    We'd like to thank the National Honey Board for creating a fabulous menu filled with honey recipes for your fun-filled days of celebration: http://goo.gl/WWN8OM.

    You can find all the honeys for these wonderful recipes online at: http://billsbees.com/collections/honey, and at our local LA County Farmers Markets, Restaurants, and Specialty Shops: http://billsbees.com/pages/farmers-markets


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    Beekeeping Class 101 - Class #5: Hive Management and Care of My Honey Bees

    Get ready for Class #5! Join us June 14th (9am-noon) at Bill’s Bees Bee Yard for Class #5 
    of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101. (Bee Suits Required)

    Honey Bee FrameJune bee class is traditionally our class for hunting mites, but every class from now on out will have a segment on testing for mites, monitoring mite levels, and safe mite treatments for honey bees.

    We will continue to follow the progress of packages installed in April.

    Also, a beekeeper from Long Beach is supposed to be bringing a hive with a problem. We plan to diagnose the problem and fix it.

    We may get a chance to take a look at an Africanized hive going through the re-queening process. For those of you who stayed very late last month, you may remember that the queen was introduced in a cage after removing the old queen. We now need to verify that she was accepted 'or not.'

    With good mentoring, monitoring, and continued learning of beekeeping skills, you're off to a good start. Enjoy!

    Happy Bee-ing!
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    Good Mythical Morning at Bill's Bees Farm

    10,000 Bees Beard With Rhett & Link!

    "A guy named Bill put 10,000 bees on my face." Rhett & Link, hosts of Good Mythical Morning, the daily morning comedy talk show, head off to Bill's Bees Bee Yard to see if they'd be good candidates as beekeepers.

    "Two crazy guys came to visit one day and wanted me to put bees on their face,” says Bill Lewis of Bill’s Bees. “Okay!!!” Bill's Bees does most anything to help the bees!

    Also on board was Rob McFarland of HoneyLove http://www.HoneyLove.org

    For colonies, honey and other bee products check out our website http://www.BillsBees.com

    Check out Good Mythical Morning’s YouTube Channel for daily episodes: http://bit.ly/subrl2

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    Italian Queen Bees For Sale

    Italian Queen Bees For SaleOur Italian Queen Bees are mated with known gentle genetics and are ready to lay eggs. They are ideal for the hobby beekeeper or the commercial beekeeper needing to re-queen. 

    Italian honey bees have been a favorite among beekeepers since they were first introduced to the New World in the 1850’s. They came to Los Angeles County in the mid-1850's and became the 'bee of choice' for local beekeepers. They are favored around the world.

    Italian honey bees are known to be gentle of temperament and easy to work with. They readily build comb and are very prolific. They are diligent housekeepers, continually working to keep their hives clean and hygienic. Italian honey bees have less tendency to swarm. They are wonderful foragers, excellent honey producers, and are highly valued for their pollination services in many of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables that grace our table. 

    Our Italian Queens come in a screened cage with attendants. Unmarked queens are $35. Queens can be marked for an additional $5. Just make sure you also order the 'Marked' Queen

    You can place your order for Italian Queen Bees and pick up at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. 

    Thank you!
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    New Harvest - California Orange Blossom Honey

    Bill's Bees Orange Blossom HoneyBill's Bees New Harvest of California's finest Orange Blossom Honey is available now! Simply the sweetest, most heavenly honey you can buy. Tastes like your in the middle of an orange grove in springtime.  

    Orange Blossom honey is considered one of the best honey's in the world.  In the spring we take our honey bees to the citrus groves of sunny Southern California where all you can see for miles is oranges trees, all you can smell is the heavenly aroma of waxy white orange blossoms, and all you can hear is the buzz of happy bees.

    We bring our bees home six week later with hives bursting with sweet 100% pure raw, Orange Blossom honey. Our honey is unprocessed, unfiltered - Just the Way the Bees Made It! We extract, bottle, and distribute our honey direct from Bill's Bees Bee Yard. 

    Bill's Bees Orange Blossom honey is lovely in tea.  You can drizzle it over berries and melon, pour it over pancakes, it's great for baking, and can be used in just about any recipe. 

    Buy in our online Shop or at our local LA County Farmers Markets.   

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