Who We Are
Welcome to our store! We're the Mullins family, and we're so glad you're shopping with us!
We started BeeGreatLocal.com because we found it hard to find local, quality honey from small beekeepers that we trusted, especially online. We wanted honey in containers that were easy to open and not spill or break! We also wanted to be environmentally friendly, so all our containers are recyclable, and we even use recycled packing material for shipping. We use reusable paper sacks for home deliveries and at farmers markets and craft shows. Our honey spread containers can even go into the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher!
We opened BeeGreatLocal.com April 1, 2019. David started working full-time for the business May of 2020. Who knew there'd be a global pandemic? But our customers were fantastic and saw us through the closing of so many venues where we sell our products. We cannot thank everyone enough for your support!
Like everyone else, we want our purchases delivered fast. So, we deliver to your house the next day or sooner - for FREE. We also offer free shipping outside the Fort Wayne area - just make a minimum purchase of $45.00 or pay a portion of the shipping if your total order is less than that minimum.
Why not just buy your honey and all natural skin care products at the big stores? Well, there's a lot we don't like - and honestly didn't know - about honey at the big stores:
*It's super heated. (That's how they get it to flow through their bottling machines, but it really affects the taste and destroys the beneficial enzymes). We never heat our honey to high temperatures. All honey crystalizes. In the summer, we put it outside and let the sun liquify it naturally. In the winter, we wrap a warming blanket over it and cover the bucket with one of David's mom's handmade blankets for a couple of days. (She was very practical, so she'd be glad to know that blanket was being put to good use!).
*It's filtered (This removes the pollen, propolis, and other hive components. They remove the healthiest ingredients from the honey!)
*The big guys combine so many different types of honey that it loses it's local flavor and quality. (Every batch of our honey tastes different based on the time of year it's harvested and the growing season for wildflowers).
Lots of honey isn't even honey. They also import honey from around the world. Although importing honey from China to the U.S. is illegal, many countries use Chinese honey that often has corn syrup added and then export it to the U.S. A recent study mentioned by the American Honey Producers Association, of which Bee Great is a member, stated that as much as one 3rd of honey in the big stores in their study was adulterated with sweeteners that are cheaper than honey. Look at the ingredients on this "honey sauce". It's all corn syrup! What the heck is honey sauce anyway?!
Finally, we love our bees and do everything we can to take care of them. Imagine our surprise when we learned that Burt's Bees is owned by Clorox!
BeeGreatLocal.com is the answer!
*We're licensed by the Indiana Department of Health.
*We support the local community. We bottle our products at the Whitley County 4H grounds in their commercial, inspected kitchen.
*We make everything in small batches, by hand! (We don't extract in the garage. This is just a cool picture of David and Gabi before we started selling our honey and beeswax products).
*I make all the hives we use. The lumber is cut from dead trees on Dad's property. Even our hives are local and handmade!
*Everyone helps in our family. Tammy designs the pictures and the displays for our farmers markets and craft shows. David tends the bees and makes the honey products. We all help make the hand lotions, foot balms, and lip salves. Gabi does most of the soap making - with mom and dad's help. And, Gabi is in charge of labeling. She loves stickers!
This is Who We Are:
*We only sell the highest quality products.
*We delivery for free, and we ship anywhere.
*We're not some mega corporation that exploits workers and the environment.
*We care about our family and yours.
*We care about community. That's why you can donate to Riley Children's Hospital at checkout or directly through our website with no purchase required. We donate every year too, and we support other local charitable causes and WJHS the radio station at Columbia City High School.
*We want to help you buy quality, trusted honey and skin care products online!
Feel free to email us at info@BeeGreatLocal.com, or call David's cell at 260-229-8356. He'll be happy to answer any questions you have about our products and our business!
Honey Bee Removal: We do NOT remove honey bee swarms. Please go to www.neiba.info and scroll down to the swarm list. Call them and they'll put you in contact with a beekeeper who removes bees.
Bee Great today!