Meadow Blazingstar Honey
raw wildflower honey; creamed honey (no flavors added); various beeswax products including candles & filtered beeswax; propolis tincture |
We are beekeepers in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa caring for around 150-200 hives (depending on the year or the season) in & around Polk County including Madison, Warren, & Dallas Counties. We sell our pure raw unfiltered honey, unflavored creamed honey, handmade beeswax items, and propolis tincture. Everything we produce is harvested from our own hives: honey, beeswax, & propolis.
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We offer our 100% raw unfiltered wildflower honey and filtered beeswax and propolis from our hives.
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
We care for our hives in & around Des Moines & operate our small family business out of our home in Beaverdale.
Our honey is pure, raw wildflower honey, a blend of honey the bees produced as they foraged on the various blooms available throughout the seasons of the year. We usually harvest in September each year & coarse-filter the honey. It is as straight-from-the-hive as possible!
Our handmade beeswax products are 100% natural beeswax rendered from our own hives. We render the wax cappings collected during honey harvest by giving them 3 water baths to remove debris as well as some of the embedded honey & pollen. This results in a clean wax that is suitable for use in cosmetics & candlemaking, yet it retains the beneficial properties of natural beeswax. We then fine filter the wax a minimum of one more time.
The propolis we use in our tincture is harvested from our own hives using plastic propolis traps. The traps provide a way to harvest clean propolis (rather than scraping propolis from equipment such as the wooden hive boxes & frames). After collecting the propolis, we carefully sort out & filter by hand any physical impurities.
What is raw wildflower honey?
Our pure, raw wildflower honey is as close to honey straight from the hive as possible.
Our honey is extracted, run through a coarse filter, & bottled for you!
The bees forage on a mix of wildflowers that come into bloom at different times over the seasons, so our resulting honey has a taste, flavor, & aroma that is a blend of the variety of flower species growing near the hives; these attributes will vary from extraction to extraction within a year as well as from year to year.
Why use 100% beeswax candles?
* all natural
* beautiful color
* subtle, honey-like scent
* slow- & clean-burning
* burns brightly, providing more light than other candles
* dripless & smokeless (in a draft-free environment)
* cleans the air as it burns (it emits negative ions, capturing & neutralizing dust, odors, mold, bacteria, other toxins)
* non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic
Highlights this Month
Hello & thank you for supporting local Iowa producers especially during these difficult times! We are glad we can continue to provide you with our products & so appreciate the IFC for giving us an outlet with which to do so.
2019 was our best sales year yet with the IFC, & we are so grateful for your support.
We finished extracting our honey for the season last September & came in at about 10,000 pounds (our...and the bees'...) personal best! Our raw honey is a blend of what our bees foraged on throughout the seasons of 2019.
We have added a 3-lb plastic squeeze jar to our offerings based on your comments. Some people prefer a larger amount of honey but want the convenience of a squeezable container. It is $16.50.
We are excited to offer propolis tincture. It is something we have wanted to make for quite a while, & an IFC member asking for it is what finally prompted us to get it done. There are details about the product in it's listing on the IFC ordering site, but do contact us if you have any questions.
We also have new shapes & sizes of our filtered 100% beeswax.
THANK YOU for bringing our glass honey jars (don't worry about the lids) back to the IFC; we can sanitize them for reuse. We greatly appreciate the efforts & your friendliness toward the environment.
If you'd like to leave your name or IFC member number with what you bring back for us, we would love to include you in our regular drawings to receive a free jar of our honey or a beeswax item...a small way for us to thank you!
*PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION, THE IFC MUST TEMPORARILY STOP TAKING BACK USED JARS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!*
We package our candles carefully to protect them from dust & dings & also so they make a nice presentation whether going home to you or to someone you are giving them as a gift to. However, if you wish to forgo fancier packaging, just leave us a comment when you order. We can package them simply & safely while saving on paper or plastic.
A selection of our honey, candles, & other beeswax products are on the shelves at the IFC at the Franklin Plaza, so you can get a hands-on look at some of our products there when you stop by to pick up your order.
If you ever need anything in a larger quantity than is listed on the IFC website, you are welcome to contact us. With enough notice, larger orders can certainly be accommodated. That is true, too, if you are interested in a certain size of honey container or shape of candle that is not currently listed--we are always happy to consider special orders.
Thank you for your interest! --Andy, Catherine, and Harlan
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Beeswax Pastilles Honey Bear-Shaped - pound
2 pounds available. Order number of pounds.
These honey bear-shaped beeswax "pastilles" are made from 100% pure beeswax from our hives.
This clean beeswax has been filtered a minimum of 4 times & retains a golden color & subtle honey scent.
Each beeswax pastille is hand-poured into a food-grade mold & weighs approximately .1 oz (2-3 g).
Once ounce of pastilles equates to about 12-15 beeswax "honey bears."
A large chunk of beeswax can be daunting to chop or grate!
These smaller pieces are handy to use, making it easier to measure & apportion the amount of beeswax needed for smaller projects.
Smaller pieces of beeswax also shorten melting time.
If you need a smaller amount of pastilles, please see our separate listing by the ounce.
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Beeswax Star Shaped
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These petite, fragrant stars can be used as decor or can be used in your next project that calls for beeswax...or both!
100% beeswax - no added color or scent.
These small, star-shaped beeswax pieces weigh about 0.40 ounce each.
This is clean beeswax that has been filtered a minimum of 4 times & retains a golden color & subtle honey scent.
They are packaged in a paper or plastic bag to keep them clean.
Each piece is hand poured, so please expect slight variations in size or shape.
More popular uses for beeswax include: candles, soap, cosmetics, lip balms, artwork, ornaments, lubricating doors, windows, & sewing thread, waterproofing leather, preventing rust on tools, & as a wood filler.
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Pine Cone Fire Starter
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This is a pine cone that has been dipped multiple times in our beeswax.
A beeswax-dipped cotton wick is wound through the pine cone.
To help light a fire, simply place the pine cone among your kindling & light the wick.
This works well with a traditional indoor wood fireplace or outdoor campfire or fire pit.
The pine cones were gathered in Dallas & Polk Counties & vary slightly in size. (If a pine cone happens to be very small, we will give you two for the price of one!)