We don’t normally get involved in politics. We’re just honey farmers, right? But recent events have us very worried. And not just for ourselves – for everyone.

 

In addition to producing honey and beeswax, bees pollinate the plants that produce fruits, vegetables and nuts worldwide. Unfortunately pesticide use, parasites and Colony Collapse Disorder have reduced the number of bees available to carry out this important function.

 

While the population has been dwindling for years, the bee shortage is reaching alarming proportions.  In fact, because bees are vital to 30% of the food supply, some experts predict a global food production crisis. It’s gotten so bad that farmers have started “renting” bees to pollinate their crops, paying beekeepers to put hives right on their farms.

 

Beekeepers like us have had to step up our annual investment, buying new packages of bees, queens and splitting our hives every year. The recent droughts have made it necessary to feed our bees when there’s not enough natural foliage for them to feed on.

 

Although the bee die-off remains a scientific mystery, everyone agrees – it’s an ominous sign of an ecosystem in distress.

Middletown, Delaware

Gage Family Honey was established 2010 when we took beekeeping as a hobby to a whole new level. What began as a cottage craft distributed mostly as gifts for friends and family has grown into a booming  business. Today, Gafge Family  sells fresh, natural honey to individuals  and retailers in Delaware and Maryland.

Life Inside the Hive

Bees Under Siege!

Gage Family Honey​

In the last 6 years, Gage Family has gone from 4 backyard hives to an apiary of 150 hives! We are bringing the number of hives we manage to about 80 as we move away from pollination services. Our bees  feed on a variety of trees and flowers in our area.