Things We Love: Bee Gear - Modern Farmer

Things We Love: Bee Gear

From those who raise bees to those who simply appreciate the products that bees have to offer, there's something for everyone who wants a little honey in their lives.

From those who raise bees to those who simply appreciate the products that bees have to offer, there’s something for everyone who wants a little honey in their lives.

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Beehive Starter Kit, Mann Lake, $182.55

Has Bee Week whipped you into a frenzy and you’re ready to start keeping your own bees? This kit will get you started, with a hive, leather gloves, smoker, veil and guide book.

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Golden Bee Suit, Golden Bee Products, $229-$249

The Golden Bee Suit means business. It’s ventilated, “virtually sting proof,” flame retardant, equipped with chap and knee pads, made in the U.S., tested “successfully” on Africanized bees, and are made to order.

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Beekeeping Jacket, Thread Sports, $59.99

But maybe the standard bee suit isn’t for you. Maybe you prefer to make more of a statement when tending to your hives. In addition to being extremely pink, this jacket has practical features like elastic at the wrists and a fencing-style veil that zips open and shut.

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New Zealand Wound Honey, Lehman’s, $19.95

Manuka honey from New Zealand is valued for its antibacterial properties and ability to treat wounds. Reach for this tube next time you have a cut.

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Murrays Beeswax, Murray’s, $1.99

Tamp down your locks (or perhaps prop up your beehive?) with pure beeswax from Australia.

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Guide to Building Your Own Beekeeping Equipment, Storey Publishing, $14.45

Beekeeping equipment can be pricey. For the handy, this book shows you how to construct your own and keep costs down. Beekeeper Tony Pisano walks you through 35 projects.

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The Beehaus, Omlet, $859

The Omlet Beehaus was designed specifically with the design-conscious rooftop or backyard beekeeper in mind. It offers function in a sleek (if pricey) package. The lightweight Beehaus accommodates up to 22 frames and is the equivalent of two hives.

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Modern Honey Pot, Blomus, $23.39

Forget ceramic beehives or little bears, this streamlined modern honeypot will hold your honey in style and comes with an easy-to-clean silicone spoon.

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Worker B Cream, Stone Barns Center, $11.95

The Stone Barn Center for Food and Agriculture in Upstate New York makes this cream, infused with conditioning products from the hive like wax, raw honey, and propolis (a substance bees produce to close up holes in the hive).

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Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, 3 pack, $14.01

This beeswax-based lip balm is never sticky, fits in your pocket, and when you’ve used it all up, you’re left with a cute tin.

This is part of Modern Farmer’s Bee Week. Click here to see everything from our entire week of coverage all things honeybee. Bee Week: It’s like Shark Week, but with bees.

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