For a really sweet and unique hands-on tour, visit Killer Bees Honey Farm high in the mountains adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, located in Lake Toxaway, near Brevard, Cashiers and Highlands. What makes this bee farm so special is their commitmet to protecting the biodiversity of surrounding forests through ethical bee stewardship as they produce the purest artisanal honey you'll find anywhere.
Certified Beekeeper & Honey Sommelier Sean and wife Denise open their home and welcome you like longtime friends. Due to their remote ridgetop location, you'll need to sign up for a group tour (their steep one-mile driveway is one way, so you arrive via a van). Sean is the only American beekeeper certified with both the Italian Registry of Honey Sensory Experts and UC Davis in the Sensory Analysis of Honey.
Surrounded by thousands of farm-free acres in Pisgah National Forest, their bees collect nectar untouched by neonics or other toxins found in most yards and farms. Derived from the abundant natural goodness of the forest, their honey is analyzed by independent labs for purity and to ensure the true nectar value. The honey tests free from adulteration and agricultural toxins.
During your tasting, your tastebuds will be thrilled with all the fresh flavors. Pairings compliment each honey. Taste different honey varietals and discover what makes them differ in flavor and color. Their honey is never blended, flavored, heated, or pasteurized. They harvest and bottle it on their farm. Go to Killer Bees website to see and buy their products.
Be a beekeeper for a day! Sean will take great care of you. No experience needed - and it's very safe. Tours of the apiary allow visitors an upclose experience to fully appreciate and savor the results of the bees' hard work.
2020 Tours: “Bee Farm & Honey Culinary Experience:" Book in advance. Tours are Friday and Saturday, May through August, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
- Learn about the lives of honeybees, their caste system, division of labor and hive equipment.
- Put on a bee suit, veil and gloves to journey into the world of a bee colony with the beekeeper.
- Enjoy a honey tasting from their hives paired with different foods for a light lunch.
- Visit the honey processing center to see how pure artisanal honey is managed
- Pouring your own 4 oz bottle of honey.
$105/person. Plus private tours (minimum 6 people or $660). Go to Killer Bees Web site for details and online booking. Limited spots, so book ASAP. Due to their mountaintop location, you will meet at the bottom of the mountain and ride a shuttle to the top.
Your last stop on the tour is their farm store. Take home some souvenirs. Go to Killer Bees Web site to see and buy their products.