Please note this article was written prior to the pandemic.  While you may have to wait to do a garden tour or a tasting, you may still purchase from their online stores.

There are a lot of reasons to support local businesses and buying local honey directly from the source not only supports local agriculture but also has plenty of benefits for you. Why not spend a little time with any of these great Savannah beekeepers, gain some knowledge, have some fun and protect the environment?

Savannah Bee Company Bee Garden Tours Tours are given at their Wilmington Island location from March to October. You must call ahead to arrange as walk-ins are not accommodated. The cost is around $10 per person. The tour starts in the showroom with an observation beehive and then progresses outside where you will wear a beekeeper’s hat and veil while you learn about honeybees’ behaviors and habits. They also have products to browse and  honey to taste.

The Bearded Bee Company While this woman-owned small business is a couple of hours away in Hawkinsville, Georgia there are plenty of ways to interact locally. The start-up story is worth a read and the natural, zero waste products receive rave reviews. Check out Etsy to buy directly from the source. There is also a great article on how to start a pollinator garden, as well as, a monthly herb club.

Capital Bee Company Do you often find yourself wanting to buy honey but are confused by the different varieties? Why not stop by the honey boutique and taste while you learn. With over 15 different types of honey, you are sure to find a favorite.