A lifelong fascination and appreciation for bees and nature instilled within Nature's Way Farm owner Joel Klose by his grandmother, Polly Brimmer set the humble beginnings of Finger Lakes Beekeeping. Polly's deep connection to the earth and abundant knowledge of wild plants and edibles, as well as her affinity for the bees, became just as deeply instilled within her grandson Joel.
In 1989, 2nd generation beekeeper Joel created Nature's Way Farm, selling raw honey products produced in the pristine Finger Lakes and sold at local farmers markets. At as young as four years old, (as pictured,) Brian would accompany Joel with beekeeping presentations at local farmers markets and fairs, showing off his own love and appreciation for the bees and their honey while learning the ancient art of beekeeping. Eventually, Joel and Brian began taking their raw honey and honey products to New York City to sell at GrowNYC Greenmarkets.
Over the next two decades, Nature's Way Farm became a pioneering honey farm within the GrowNYC Greenmarket program, selling at over a dozen different farmers markets in all five boroughs of the Big Apple. The small honey farm soon grew to become a leading resource for beekeepers all over the country, providing monthly clinics at our storefront location with three generations of beekeeping expertise. We evolved beyond just selling at farmers markets to include queen rearing, nuc sales, pollination contracts, and other beekeeping adventures. With that evolution came an evolution from Nature's Way Farm to Finger Lakes Beekeeping, with the passing of the torch from Joel Klose to his son Brian. We invite you to enjoy our artisanal products, a day in our bee yards or getting our support in starting your own beekeeping chapter.
We look forward to seeing what evolves next!