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New Classes Available!

In Depth Workshops

Country Barn Farm offers beekeeping and poultry workshops! Our family farm has trained hundreds of beekeepers and is thoroughly committed to agricultural education.  We are teaching the beekeeping workshops to fulfill our mission to create more beekeepers in Western PA.  We also offer a backyard chickens workshop.  Space is limited in these workshops, so please email Joe for a registration form and more detailed information ASAP. For a listing of our upcoming workshops, please go to our Classes page.

Free Bee Huddles

To further our commitment to beekeeper education Country Barn Farm is offering a series of one hour Free Bee Huddles on several Sundays this year from 1 pm to 2 pm at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.  These are brief one house sessions led by master beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski that are meant to review key skills for both beginning and experienced beekeepers.  Stop by, get some quick information, and get back in the apiary!  Pre-registration via Meetup.com is required.  To register for our Free Bee Huddles, please visit http://www.meetup.com/Country-Barn-Farm-Meetup/

June 1, 2014       Queen Rearing Methods
June 22, 2014    Honey Harvest Methods
July 20, 2014      Varroa Mite Treatments

 

Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski regularly offers first year beekeeping classes and workshops on specific beekeeping related skills.  His first year class is designed to teach you everything you need to know to get through the first year of beekeeping. Click here for more information.

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Bee Tour

Are you interested in seeing our hives? Take a photographically tour of our hives through our Bee Tour.

 

Fall 2014 Honey - In select stores only!

We had a great fall honey harvest at Country Barn Farm.  Most hives produced a varietal grade knotweed honey.  The National Honey Board advises that a varietal honey must be 85% from a single nectar source.  That was easy to do this year with the knotweed honey, which always impresses customers with its dark red color and mild flavor. 

Our 2014 Country Barn Farm maple syrup is available in 8 ounce bottles at the four Giant Eagle Market District stores.  If you have never had pure, local maple syrup it is worth at try.  We tap a large number of sugar maple trees here at the farm and that gives our syrup a distinctive vanilla flavor.  The Market District brought our whole crop so when it’s gone it will not be available again until 2015.  You may want to call ahead if you are making a special trip.

Our honey harvests will only be available this year only at the Giant Eagle Market District® stores in Bethel Park, Wexford, Shadyside, and Settlers Ridge.  The Market District Stores are also stocking our honey soap and beeswax lip balm!  Please see the Products page for a full listing of our products and retail partners.

Who has the Pink Hive?

Our children each have their own hive; each painted their favorite color of course!  So if you are fortunate enough to get a jar with a Pink, Blue, Purple or Yellow cap label, you will have a unique single hive source honey.  We bottle the kids honey separately so they can enter the honey in farm competitions, but it is always interesting to see the variations between the individual hives.  One hive may produce a darker honey though it was only a few feet from the other.  The differences are largely determined by how the hive population peaks in relation to the available nectar sources.  It’s a thrill to see whose hive produces the most honey or has the most distinct flavor!  

Our Honey Products

We produce raw honey that is lightly filtered and never heated, so we are able to offer the sweetest natural food in the world at peak flavor and nutritional benefit.

Our honey is typically harvested in the months of July and September. The timing and size of the harvest depends on the weather and, of course, the bees.

We also offer honey-based products year-round such as all natural lip balm, honey soap, and beeswax candles. These products are made in small batches to ensure freshness.

We have a selection of great products that make wonderful gifts. Please visit our Products page for ordering information.

All of our products are made on the premises of County Barn Farm. You can find our items at local stores or we will ship them to you. Simply email us or call (412) 225-0930 to place your order. Please visit our Products page for more information.

 


Country Barn Farm's owner and operator is Joe Zgurzynski. He is a Master Beekeeper. You can see his interview discussing the Plight of the Honey Bees on CBS-Pittsburgh.

The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner.

Joseph Zgurzynski is second generation beekeeper who grew up on a small farm in New Jersey. He was president of the local 4-H beekeeping club as a teenager and has had a lifelong interest in beekeeping and entomology.

Joe is a member many beekeeping organizations and takes an active role mentoring new beekeepers.  He regularly teaches beekeeping classes.  Please email him to find out about his next class or click here register for the Country Barn Farm beekeepers email list.

Don't forget to visit our Beekeeping and Resources pages as they have been updated with some great information.

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Beekeeper ID# 4590

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