We are now taking orders for package bees for delivery in April 2018. We offer 2# and 3# packages. You have a choice of Carniolan or Italian queens for your packages. Orders are coming in quickly this year so get your packages ordered today! We are required to charge Iowa sales tax (7%) on package bees.
Please note that we do not mail any package bees. Package bees are for pickup only at the Lynnville, Iowa location.
Checkout our Package Bees page for prices and options.
At Ebert Queens we are offering Nucs and Singles for May 2018. We are especially excited to offer, for the first time, Complete Single Hive Units complete with workers, laying queen, frames, lid, bottom, and winter wrap! (See the product descriptions when ordering for further details).
We also distribute queens for beekeepers across America, beginning around May 1. We normally only have Carniolans in stock. Carniolans are excellent producers, winter hardy, and gentle. Sometimes we have Italians available. Italians are gentle and productive as well, but they often require much more feeding in the fall due to prolonged brood rearing.
Nucs and Singles are for pickup only. Nuc orders made at EbertQueens.com are only for our location at 1090 Hwy 1 N, Mount Vernon, IA (not Lynnville). The date of availability listed at the time of purchase is approximate–we have to monitor their maturation and arrange a specific pickup time when they are ready.
If you have any questions or problems, please use the “contact us” link (at the EbertQueens.com website) or text 319-430-3514. Email is usually the best way to get a prompt reply during the beekeeping season April-October.
REMEMBER: Please provide a phone number with your order. It really helps USPS notify you when your queens arrive.
A Family Business
Phil Ebert began Ebert Honey in 1980 with only about ten colonies in the backyard of his Fairfield, Iowa home. At the time, one five gallon bucket of honey seemed like a large amount. Once the honey was bottled, it was mainly sold from the house. What started out as a hobby later grew into a family business. Throughout the years all four of Phil’s sons have worked in the honey business. Currently Phil and two sons, Adam and Alex continue to expand the business.
Today, Ebert Honey is located in Lynnville, Iowa and maintains about 1000 beehives. They no longer fit in the backyard. In 1996 a steel building had been built to process, bottle, and store the honey. With the increased number of beehives came a large increase in honey production and sales. The 60 pounds in a bucket has now reached up to around 180,000 pounds of honey sold each year. Most of the honey is sold to over 40 different grocery stores and bakeries though out the Des Moines, Iowa area.
Honey production is the main goal of the business. Our beehives are set across the Iowa countryside. Most of the beehives are only 35-40 miles away from home. In Iowa the m
ain floral source is clover. Clover honey has a light color and a pleasant sweet taste. There are three varieties of clover that the bees will gather their nectar from during the honey season. There is the Dutch clover, the yellow sweet clover, and the white sweet clover. Clover flowers make a great tasting honey.
The honey flow in Iowa can begin as early as June. Most years the honey harvest begins in mid-July through August. Once the honeycomb is harvested it is brought back to our processing building to be extracted. The extracted honey is put into 55 gallon drums which can then be moved into the bottling room. All of our filtering and bottling processes us a minimum of warming. We want a quality product and do not want to damage the honey with overheating.
Ebert Honey can be found in many central and eastern Iowa grocery stores. While most of our honey is delivered to Des Moines, we also have stores in Ankeny, Ames, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City/Coralville, Oskaloosa, and Pella Iowa.
Every year we also produce honeycomb. This is the most natural honey you can get. It is still in the comb just like how the bees eat it. One of the highlights of our honeycomb production is sending hundreds of squares to the Iowa Honey Producers sales booth at the Iowa State Fair. Around 1 million people attend the fair each year.
Expanding the Business
In addition to the large expansion in honey production, we have also expanded into other honeybee products and services. Filtered and raw beeswax have been growing in popularity over the last several years. Each April we sell packaged bees to people just getting started in beekeeping or replacing beehives lost during the winter. Adam has now opened up a second location south of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to facilitate the queen bee production in June. Alex will take bees to pollinate three local orchards each spring. These things keep Phil and everybody very busy though out the year, but the result is a very enjoyable family business. Ebert Honey.
Ebert Honey Mt. Vernon, Iowa
Ebert Honey LLC
1090 Highway 1 N.
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314
The home of Ebert Queens. If you are looking for queens this is the place. Check out www.EbertQueens.com for availability.
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