Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey : Maple Falls
Farm & Field : Very Berry Raw Honey
from fields and farms in Whatcom County: northwest Washington
Mountain Wildflower Honey
from the northern Mount Baker region, Washington
Brookfield Farm Raw Honey:
Unheated, Unfiltered Honey
Naturally Treated Hives
Find Our Honey:
Free Delivery to
Locations along Mt. Baker Highway
Brookfield Farm’s Farm & Field Raw Honey comes from plants that grow in and around independent farms in Whatcom County, in northwest Washington. The honey produced in these areas carries the flavors of the myriad of vegetables, raspberries, blueberries, and cultivated flowers blended with wild blackberry from the dense hedges beyond the farms’ boundaries.
Our Mountain Wildflower Honey comes from our hives in the Mount Baker foothills. the light, yet complex flavor of this honey reflects the blend of wilderness plants from Big Leaf Maple and salmonberries to thistles and fireweed.
In both eastern and western Whatcom County, the weather, crops and the flowers vary with every year, which gives each harvest of Brookfield Farm’s honey a unique flavor.
The hives are maintained with natural treatments, no antibiotics are used in the hives. The honey also carries a Predator Friendly Certification from Keystone Conservation
Sharing their mountain farm with wildlife is important to Karen Bean and Ian Balsillie, who are Brookfield Farm. Their land is home to creatures which range from bears and cougars to opossums and mice. Bean and Balsillie have never harmed or killed any predator, except mice. “Our livestock guard dog protects the goats and bee hives from the bears and mid-sized predators, but the ‘bee guard cat’ can’t always keep up with the mice,” Bean sighs. She keeps mouse guards on her hives year round.
Brookfield Farm began as a fiber farm nearly 20 years ago. In 2003 Bean was introduced to beekeeping and acquired two hives of Russian bees. “I fell in love with the bees,” she explains. “Beekeeping is science and nature and art and just plain luck all rolled together. And you don’t have to muck out the barn.”
Today Bean averages 50 hives, with a goal to have 100 hives. “Beekeeping’s a challenge, that’s what makes it fun,” she says. “For me, one of the most fascinating things about beekeeping is how the bees adapt to their constantly changing environment, be it reduction of egg-laying when there’s no nectar or the ‘I’m not dead yet’ scenes as the girls heave the drones out the door as winter approaches.”
Bean has expanded her apiary primarily through splits (creating a new hive by using eggs, brood, and nurse bees from a parent hive). She allows the majority of her hives to raise their own queens. New queens are also purchased to expand the genetic stock in the bee yard. The surviving hives requeen themselves through open mating. “My goal,” Bean says,” is to have bees that are adapted to the cold, wet environment here near Mt. Baker, and can survive diseases and parasites without the use of chemicals and antibiotics.”