Windswept Farm Apiary is nestled among wildflowers and fruit trees in the Northern Panhandle of beautiful West Virginia. We have been keeping bees for over ten years and take great pride in our efforts. We personally collect and bottle the honey from our beehives. It is pure, raw, unheated and unfiltered and still contains the local beneficial pollens. Our honey is only processed by the honey bees! The taste of this rich, smooth honey is influenced by the many blossoms that our bees visit during the spring, summer and fall.
From now through the end of October, you can stop by our booth at the Wheeling Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8am to noon (located at the St. Michael's Church Parking lot). We can also be found at the Oglebay Park Fresh Air Market on Mondays, from 4pm to 6pm, as well as the Warwood Farmers' Market on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm. If you prefer, you can always use the contact us page on our site to make other arrangements, or visit any of our retail partners.
One of our favorite activities is to create personalized honey themed favors for your special event. We have created and designed many wedding, baby shower, and other event favors and would love to have the opportunity to make your day even more special.
John and Gail Welty have lived on Windswept Farm for over twenty years. The farm was first named by John's grandparents in the early 1900's. John, a Certified Master Beekeeper, has been keeping bees for the past ten years and recently retired from the automotive business. He now spends his time enjoying his farm chores and tending to his 30+- bee hives. Gail is a retired Veterinarian who keeps herself busy looking after the farm horses, ponies, mini donkeys, chickens, dogs, cats...etc!!!
Windswept Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown Apiary which offers peer-reviewed certification for our Bee yard. This ensures that our honey is ethically harvested, leaving enough honey behind to nourish the colony, and that our bees are raised naturally, without synthetic chemicals or high fructose corn syrup.
At Windswept Farm Apiary, we judge our success not by the quantity of honey we produce but by it's quality and, ultimately, by our customer's satisfaction!!!
Our seasonal wildflower honey can be ordered in either "spring" (light), or "summer" (amber) varieties. We also have limited quantities of our delicous, dark Japanese Knotweed honey.
These adorable mini bears hold 2oz of our Wildflower Honey. A perfect size to slip into your pocket or purse for that emergency Honey Fix!!
This Muth, corked jar, contains 4oz of our Wildflower honey. Beautiful presentation and great as a "gift from West Virginia".
This 8oz Muth jar is a larger version of the 4oz. Also a great gift item or to simply pamper yourself....
Our most popular. This beautifully packaged 8oz glass jar with screw on cap is perfect for everyday use and as a gift to that special someone.
For the honey addict...this 16oz jar is sure to supply you sweetness at least for a couple of days!! :)
Creamed Honey is a controlled form of granulation. Essentially, we take our Windswept liquid honey, and accelerate the granulation process. A smooth velvety texture and more robust taste is the result. There is absolutely nothing added or taken away. It is still our signature raw wildflower honey, taken one step further.
Our yummy Wildflower honey filled straws are just the perfect answer for that quick Honey Fix. They are great to put into lunchboxes!!! Straws come in a pack of 5 for $1.00.
The pollen, collected from our bees, is 100% natural and unprocessed. This earthy, semi sweet, delicious pollen is a favorite among those who seek a great nutritional supplement.
9oz of Natural Windswept Farm Wildflower Pollen
We personally collect natural beeswax from our hives and create beautiful candles and wax items for you to enjoy.
Our products can also be found at the following local Wheeling retailers:
Good Mansion Wines www.goodmansionwines.com
Under the Elder Tree Apothecary and Healing Arts www.undertheeldertree.vpweb.com
Oglebay Park Samara Shop www.oionline.com/samara-shop-nature-themed-gifts/
Hughes Design and Gift Gallery www.hughesdsgn.com
Wheeling Coffee Shoppe
Miklas Meat Market https://www.facebook.com/Miklas-Meat-Market-150230090819/
"Absolutely the BEST honey I have ever tasted!!! LOVE it"...April K., Moundsville, WV
"I really love honey in general and have purchased several brands and several local varieties of it. This honey in particular is the first time I’ve tried the creamy spreadable form and it definitely has a great use that I did not foresee. Fantastic!!! " . Linda G, Wheeling WV
"THANK YOU ...THANK YOU...THANK YOU...The Baby Shower "Sweet for you to Come" favors were PERFECT! Everyone loved them and it made our day even more special". Jessie W., Wheeling, WV
"I love this honey! I just can't decide if I like the light or darker better!!! The pollen in it helped cure my allergies. I use a teaspoon in my tea in the morning". Josh L., West Liberty, WV
" Windswept Farm not only has the best honey you'll ever taste, but they have a love for teaching anyone who is interested about the complex world of the bees and our beautiful environment. They are making a difference in the local food industry in our area. Thanks Gail and John! ". Milt G., Wheeling, WV
Q: What is the difference between your light and your dark honey?
A: The color and flavor of honeys differ depending upon the nectar source visited by the honey bees. As a general rule, lighter honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.
Q: How long will my honey "keep" before "going bad"?
A: Actually, if honey is stored well it should last years and even decades. Please note that it might lose a little of its flavor and appearance over time. The chemical properties of honey retard bacterial growth and can mean a lifetime of sweetness. (Did you know that they have actually discovered honey stored in bottles buried in Egyptian tombs that was STILL EDIBLE!!!)
Q: If honey doesn't go bad, why did my honey get all cloudy and become solid?
A: Honey, and especially raw honey, will crystallize over time. Some varieties will crystallize faster than others. This is a natural process that occurs between various sugars reacting in a super saturated liquid. You can re-liquefy your honey by simply warming it in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water for a period of time. It is NOT suggested to warm honey in the microwave as this can easily scorch the honey effecting its taste and properties.
Q: Can I feed honey to my 6 month old baby?
A: No. It is recommended that you do not feed honey to infants under the age of twelve months. As with any raw, unprocessed foods, honey is not recommended for infants whose immune systems are not fully developed. Honey may contain spores that can cause botulism. This doesn't mean the honey supply is contaminated- these spores are harmless to adults and children over one.
Q: What is "raw" honey?
A: All of Windswept Farm's honey is "Raw". Raw honey is natural, unpasteurized honey, nothing added or taken away. It is what bees produce in the hive. It is ready to eat after it has been extracted and run through a fine sieve to remove foreign particles that may have found their way into the honey in the extracting process (such as wax). All pure unpasteurized, unadulterated honey is considered "raw" honey.
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