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  • Honey Buzz

    Oregon Bee Store stocks shelves with jars, vials, sticks of golden goodness
  • Producing honey for going on 50 years, Mike and Angelika Curtis' Eagle Point farm now has a sweet spot for sales.
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      What: Oregon Bee Store
      When: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 23
      Where: 14356 Highway 62, Eagle Point
      For more information: See www.oregonbeestore.com or ...
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      If you go
      What: Oregon Bee Store

      When: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 23

      Where: 14356 Highway 62, Eagle Point

      For more information: See www.oregonbeestore.com or call 541-826-7621.
  • Producing honey for going on 50 years, Mike and Angelika Curtis' Eagle Point farm now has a sweet spot for sales.
    The couple's Wild Bee Honey Farm opened the doors of its Oregon Bee Store last month but has more plans for stocking it with organic produce grown on the property. A new strawberry patch due for planting next week in front of the store will be ready for U-pickers later this summer.
    "It's always gonna get bigger and bigger," says Angelika Curtis.
    Fashioned from an old farm stand, the store boasts original pole-barn ceiling beams juxtaposed against shiny, new corrugated steel. The inventory is small, with more shelves and cases due to showcase a variety of farm goods. Front and center are jars and vials of honey, as well as handmade beeswax candles.
    The merits of local, raw honey have become more recognized in health and gourmet circles, says Mike Curtis. Wild Bee Honey retains traces of beeswax and pollen while many commercial brands have been filtered, pasteurized, even diluted with water, says Curtis. Unbeknownst to many consumers, he adds, much of the country's honey comes from China.
    Oregon Bee Store does sell a bit of honey produced in neighboring states and packed into honey sticks, and Angelika Curtis mingles other beekeepers' wax in her candles. But Wild Bee's 400 to 500 hives generate more than 12,500 pounds of honey annually, says Mike Curtis.
    Food 4 Less, Ashland Food Co-op, Big R and Grange Coop stores stock Wild Bee Honey, and the Curtises are vendors at Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market, which accounts for about half the farm's income, says Mike Curtis.
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