Messner Bee Farm is your one-stop shop for a sweet selection of local artisan products, all made from local honey and beeswax. Owners Erik and Rachael Messner harvest both straight from their own hives, as well as sourcing from nearby beekeepers. Using all-natural beekeeping practices, the couple keeps their hives on their property in Raytown, Missouri, and will even rescue hives that are in distress or need a new home; you’ll also find their retail shop open to the public Thursday through Saturday. The shop, which opened last October, features warm, rustic décor and gorgeous honey-colored wood walls with hexagonal hive shaped shelves featuring their products. Erik, an engineer, is the head beekeeper; Rachael, a Kansas City Art Institute graduate, develops the products, designs the labels and packaging, and runs the shop.
Rachael makes scented lip balms, beard oils, deodorants and solid perfumes from the beeswax. Creative flavors include black walnut-honey, lavender lemonade, lemon grass-mint, ginger-peach, masala chai, caramel apple spice, Earl Grey, strawberry-rhubarb and wild cherry-rose, plus two new flavors for summer: hibiscus-lime and pineapple-lychee. Messner Bee Farm also sells raw honey, bee pollen and honey sticks. This summer, look for an expanded product selection when the Messners gain access to a commercial kitchen; they also plan to sell beekeeping equipment. In addition to the Messners’ own products, you’ll find a fine selection of locally made products such as loose-leaf tea from Hugo Tea Co., handmade mugs from Bekah Bliss Pottery and handmade ceramic honey pots from local artist Kate Schroeder.
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Messner Bee Farm, 8301 Westridge Road, Raytown, Missouri, 816.585.6814, messnerbeefarm.com