In 2010, The Beez Kneez, LLC was born out of a sticky marriage between bikes and bees of delivering honey to the sweet beeople of Minneapolis. In 2011, The Beez Kneez LLC was gifted a broken hand-crank extractor. After some cumbersome attempts to make it go with a drill on her first honey harvest, owner Kristy Lynn Allen had an idea. What about making a pedal-powered honey extractor? Your legs are stronger than your back. Anyway, we can use bicycles to power the business, lessen our carbon footprint and make for a fun way to harvest liquid gold. Win win win! Look for the Beez Kneez Pedal-Powered Honey Extractor to hit the market this summer!
Local Raw Honey
We have several varieties of raw honey to offer on our website and for sale at our shop, The Beez Kneez Honey House. Including Dandelion, Country Wildflower, Camp Beez Kneez Wildflower, Clover Basswood, and Buckwheat. All of our honeys are raw and crystalize with time. This means we never heat it hotter than the bees keep their hives maintaining the natural flavors from the flower and the enzymes added by the bees.
We manage around 150 hives in the metro area and in the St. Croix Valley on partnering farms for both production and education purposes. We are actively breeding from our own stock to improve the genetics of our bees that overwinter in the north, we focus on best management practices for maintaining a sustainable apiaries and use organic mite treatments only when necessary.
Camp Beez Kneez
We started teaching sustainable beekeeping classes in 2015 and are entering our 4th year of this wonderful 14 week community beekeeping program.
We are now an official dealer of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm to supply our local beekeepers with equipment conveniently located at our retail location in the middle of Mpls at 2204 Minnehaha Ave Mpls, MN 55404
Advocacy-Healthy Bees Healthy Lives
In 2016-2017 we partnered with the city of Mpls Health Department to plant 150 pollinator patches.
Urban Apiary Partners
We partner with universities, museums, restaurants, food co-ops and other organizations to establish and maintain honey bee hives. Every site works with us to make their grounds as bee friendly as possible to support all pollinators and animals dependent on a healthy landscape. The honey we produce from these hives is called Honey-apolis Wildflower "Zip-sourced" Honey.