With a worrisome decrease in population of bees, Hunter’s Honey Farm – a family owned and operated farm about 30 miles (as the bee flies) south of Indianapolis – isn’t just a state treasure, it’s a national asset.
The farm is managed by the fourth generation of beekeepers who have been producing honey and honey related products in Indiana for over 100 years. Gilbert Perigo caught the bee bug as a high schooler in Boonville, Indiana. By 1910, he was managing several hives to pollinate his father’s apple orchard. He eventually built his apiary to 800 hives while at the same time teaching school. In 1951, he retired from teaching to take on the position of Chief Apiary Inspector for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and moved his apiary and family to Mooresville.
By the Spring of 2004, then-10 yr old Ross Hunter, great-grandson of Gilbert, started his first swarm in Martinsville. Ross has since become the farm’s “number one queen grafter,” according to the site. Today, the Hunter family manages several hundred hives throughout the state to pollinate apples, melons, strawberries, pumpkins, and other similar crops.
To keep their honey as pure and natural as possible, it’s never flash heated or pressure filtered insuring that customers get the finest and most flavorful honey that nature has to offer.
Even though honey keeps the farm buzzing, Hunters Honey Farm also produces beeswax, bee pollen, and propolis to make (take a deep breath here) beeswax candles, beeswax soap, beeswax moisturizing cream, beeswax lip balm, honey teriyaki sauce, honey barbecue sauce, honey mustard sauce, honey vinaigrette, honey hot wing sauce, honey chocolate sauce, honey caramel corn, honey dried apple slices, spun honey, honey pecans, honey mustard pretzels, honey baklava and many other honey treats. We also have 32 different flavored honey stix and 6 varieties of honey candy.
The farm also manages 65 acres of hardwood timber and 4,000 Christmas trees.
The gift shop is open daily and is stocked with the many productsthey produce at the farm. Tours of the farm, which include honey tasting, beekeeping discussion, candle making, honey extraction (seasonal), and honey bottling can be scheduled upon request.