UPdate as of Sunday, April 10
Although our package and NUC days for 2022 have passed, our bee supplier, Beez Needz, will continue to have NUCs through the summer. You can call them directly to make arrangements 336-431-2339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Melinda will be driving to Beez Needz a couple of times a month through the summer to get supplies for the store and could possibly pick up NUCs at the same time if it works out.
Reserving Packages, NUCs, and Queens!
We are partnering with Beez Needz to provide our local beekeepers with packages, NUCs, and queens. Beez Needz will supply us with the bees. Country Farm and Home will handle all reservations and collect payment. Pick up will be at the store. Here are the details…
2022 Package Day - Sunday April 10
Sunday, April 10 or Monday, April 11- Package Day (Weather Pending) – We are booking 3 lb. Italian bee packages from Georgia NOW! .
Although our store is closed on Sundays, the plan currently is for us to receive bees late Sunday afternoon, April 10. We can be open for a small window of time on Sunday afternoon after bees are dropped off to accommodate anyone who wants to pick up and install their bees on Sunday. Everyone else can pick up Monday morning. Packages are $129 each and include a MARKED queen. Reserve packages now to hold your space. Packages need to be prepaid at time of reservation, or at the very latest by March 1. Package sales are first come first serve. We will continue taking package orders until we run out of availability.
2022 NUC Day
Our NUC Day - TBA mid to late March (Weather Pending)
We are reserving NUCs NOW! Our NUCs are coming from northern Florida with the hope that raising bees in warmer weather there will allow us to get an earlier start here. By setting up your bees earlier in the season and starting with a NUC, you will have an opportunity to establish a stronger hive in the first year! Call the store or email us to reserve yours. NUCs are $200 and include five frames of bees with a mated queen in a wooden NUC box that has a $49 retail value (included in the cost of your NUC). A wooden NUC box can be useful for catching swarms and dividing bees later in the season so consider this an added bonus that your bees are coming in this box at no added charge! NUCS need to be prepaid by March 1.
How do I Reserve My Bees?
Call the store at (919) 542-3353 or email Kyle at email@example.com to reserve packages or NUCs! All staff members have been trained to take reservations. Payment needs to be made in advance to reserve bees and can be done by either calling in a credit card number, mailing a check, or stopping by the store. We need all payments by March 1.
Please note that we are still operating off of last year's Beekeeping Supply List (attached below). We do anticipate price changes once we receive our large spring orders in the coming weeks.
Feel free to use this list to help you plan. This may not be a complete list of everything we offer in our beekeeping area, but it gives you the basics. (It's hard to keep up!) For larger orders, some customers find it useful to use this supply list as an order form and submit it to our store in advance of pick up so we have an opportunity to pull supplies together for you. This can make your shopping experience a bit more efficient and also ensures that everything you need will be in stock, assembled, and ready for you when you come to pick up.