Having spent most of my life in the food business, I know the value of quality ingredients and the beauty of nature's bounty. I was inspired to sell my restaurant in Milford, PA and focus on my 10 acre farm in Walton, NY, where I planted my first vegetable  garden and fruit trees, bought a couple of wonderful goats, and a few egg-laying chickens. My family suggested I should start  bee keeping after noticing processed honey in our local food stores didn't offer the same taste and benefits as that produced in nature itself. I started a bee hive and the rest is history.

MELISSA APIARY LLC, provides natural local honey and honey products. We produce, pack and distribute our natural honey. What makes Melissa Golden Honey so special? We don't add anything to the honey to weaken these unique natural flavor profiles. It's all up to Mother Nature and the Honey Bees. It's 100% Pure and Raw Natural Golden Honey, harvested from our own Bee Hives at Catskill Mountains of Walton,  New York USA 13856

God save the Queen!

The Queen Bee


Honey bee colony life revolves around the queen honey bee. Without the eggs that she lays the entire colony would die. She begins life as an ordinary female worker larvae, but by feeding on an extremely rich mixture of food, provided by young worker honey bees called royal jelly, becomes a queen. A new queen can be produced at any time, if the young workers choose, by feeding any female larvae less than 48 hours old with royal jelly.

The queen’s function is to lay eggs. Day after day the queen lays thousands of eggs which will develop into more honey bees. She is continually surrounded, protected and fed by young worker honey bees.

The Worker Bee

The female worker honey bee is the laborer of the colony. Workers gather all the nectar and pollen, feed young larvae, warm and protect eggs, larvae and pupae, supply water, secrete beeswax, build comb and do many other tasks.

The worker starts as a fertilized egg, which hatches into a larva. The larva grows, matures and soon changes into the next form called a pupa. The pupa then matures into an adult worker honey bee. The entire metamorphosis takes only 21 days.

During the summer honey flow, June through August, worker honey bees travel about 55,000 miles to gather enough nectar to produce one pound of honey. Each individual worker will only produce about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey and about 1/80 of a teaspoon of beeswax. However, an entire colony will produce up to 200 pounds of honey annually!



The Drone Bee

The drone is the male honey bee. He is larger than the worker and smaller than the queen.

Except for mating, the drone is an expendable member of the colony. Drones do not collect nectar or pollen nor do they make beeswax. In fact they are driven from the colony as winter approaches where they perish from cold and starvation.