The Bigham beekeeping tradition dates back more than a hundred years to Roland Bigham. A cotton farmer living in North Georgia, Roland began keeping bees in the late 1800’s to help feed his family when the times were difficult.
There was no commercially produced lumber available at that time so his original hives were made of hollow tree trunks that were cut into short lengths, with tops and bottoms constructed of hand sawn boards. To provide a foundation for the bees to build on, sticks were laced across the hollow opening and the honey was harvested by cutting out the comb in large chunks.
In the 1900’s Roland's son Grady Bigham used home-built square boxes before adopting the Langstroth hives that we still use today.
The experience and guidance gained from past generations is an important part of our company. Family owned and operated, Honey Creek Bee Farm maintains 75 honey bee colonies throughout Georgia where our bees can gather nectar from all the local plants. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional raw, locally produced honey and strive to continue bringing the highest standard of quality to all of our products.
Clear yellow with a greenish tint, Tupelo honey is a premium honey produced in northwest Florida and southern Georgia from the Tupelo trees growing in swamps. Tupelo has a sweet and very distinctive flavor. Because of the high fructose content, Tupelo honey is one of the sweetest honey varieties and it rarely granulates.
Also known as "multifloral" or "mixed floral" honey, Wildflower is often used to describe honey varieties from miscellaneous and undefined nectar sources very near the hive location. Its color can vary from very light to dark and flavor range from light and fruity to tangy and rich, depending on the mix from the different seasonal wildflowers. This honey is most affective for the treatment of allergies.
Orange blossom honey, often a combination of citrus sources, is usually light in color and mild in flavor with a fresh fruity scent, and a fragrant citrus taste. Orange blossom honey is produced in many states including Florida, Southern California and Texas.
Contrary to its name, Sourwood honey is not sour, but sweet like any honey. The nectar is collected from the sourwood trees in the north Georgia mountains. This light-colored, delicate, subtle honey has an almost caramel or buttery flavor, and a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Sourwood honey from Clarksville Georgia won Best in Show at the World Honey Competition in Paris France in 1996. This is truly a Premium honey.
PURPLE STAR THISTLE
This honey has the flavor of Anise and comes from the Great Lakes Region. Purple star thistle is a pesky weed and a great source for honey nectar.