We strive to do everything as natural as possible to provide the best life for our honey bees and to offer you the best all natural product we can.
Funny Farm Apiaries is a small apiary located in the beautiful mountains of Berks County Pennsylvania. Just minutes from Reading or Allentown but far enough to make you feel like you're a lifetime away.
We have over 30 hives scattered over Berks county. Our beautiful property is the home of many wonderful hard working bee hives, a beautiful dogs, 3 crazy goats, over 20 silly chickens & a few turkeys from time to time.
Our honey is extracted here on site. It is always raw and unpasteurized. When extracted, our honey is run through a stainless steel screen to separate the honey and any large particles of wax and bees but this does not remove pollen. Our honey is a pure and wholesome product full of natures beneficial pollens, wax, propolis, minerals, and enzymes.
This is natures finest natural sweetener available. Stop by and taste the goodness!
We offer many additional products from the hive such as beeswax, bee pollen, and Propolis. Cut comb honey squares, raw unstrained / unfiltered honey, creamed honey, and naturally flavored honey. Also, fresh chicken eggs are also available for your favorite recipes.
We also provide Hot Wax Dipping for new Beehives. For more information see our Wax Dipping Beehives Page.
Honey bee swarm extraction.
Our honey is sold on the farm as well as farm markets and retail locations with 100% customer satisfaction.
Wendy is the owner of Funny Farm Apiaries. She is afraid of bees and freaks out everytime she sees one. Well, that's the way it was a couple years ago. Never in a million years would she have thought she would be running her own business let alone a business that had to do with bees. But, life takes you on amazing paths sometimes.
In 2014, she lost my corporate job and was having trouble finding another one. Her husband, Mark, was working extra hours and had very little time to take care of his bees. Wendy was afraid of bees and wouldn't go near them but, she was also afraid they were going lose them. So one day she figured she should put her"big girl pants" on and help out.
Wendy made the announcement at dinner one night that she was going to help with the bees. She almost thought Mark was going to choke on his food. He looked at her and said "who are you and what did you do with my wife?" Mark bought her a beekeeping suit and all she could think of was "Oh my gosh this is for real". Still nervous, Mark took her into a hive and from then on she was hooked. "These little creatures are absolutely amazing" she couldn't tear herself away. She was amazed by the wax foundation they built and how perfect each little cell was. The way they work together and all get along and know exactly what they are supposed to do. Everything they do, they do for the survival of the hive. They all know what their jobs are and work together to do what needs to be done. She was amazed and completely hooked and has been beekeeping ever since.
In 2016, she decided to start Funny Farm Apiaries, LLC and sell their honey at a couple local retail shops and farm markets. They decided that they would work on building a small business so they had something when they retired. Both Mark & Wendy worked full-time jobs but increased the amount of hives they had and sold more honey. By the end of 2017, Wendy's contract ended for her job yet again. She continued to build the business while looking for another job.
In January 2018, Wendy was turned down for a position she had applied for and was hoping to get. She decided to work harder at building her business. She picked up more retail customers, events, and set small goals for herself every week. One day she received a call about the job she had been turned down for. They wanted to offer her the position. She struggled with what to do. She was so happy running the business and had worked so hard over the past several months building it up. So, Wendy took a leap of faith and turned the position down. She just couldn't imagine going back to an office job when she loved being outside working bees, attending events, teaching people about honey bees and selling honey.
Wendy has never regretted her decision and absolutely loves what she does. She works long hours and during the active beekeeping season longer and harder. She is so passionate about bees and everything that goes along with them that it doesn't even bother her when she gets stung.
Mark is the "face of honey." Wendy says "he is my partner in crime and best friend." He is the whole reason Wendy started with bees and she is so thankful for that.
Mark loves going to the markets, events and meeting new people. He loves chatting with people and getting them to taste test the many flavors they have.
Mark has been beekeeping since 2014. He started with a few hives and then grew into many. He makes sure their bees stay healthy by treating them with oxalic acid vapor.
Karen answered an ad on facebook when we were looking for a part-time sales associate. Karen and her husband were looking to start beekeeping and thought helping us with the business would help them to start their adventure in beekeeping. Karen is a great asset to the Funny Farm. She brings great ideas, lots of fun and happy personality to our events.
Kevin is Mark and Wendy's son. Kevin helps out as much as he can and just enjoys being at the farm. He is full of great ideas and is actually the one that came up with the name for the business. He is always thinking of ways to improve the way things are done. Wendy hopes he will be a full-time employee in the very near future. Wendy says "besides Mark, Kevin is my biggest supporter."
Dylan is Mark and Wendy's Grandson. Dylan helps out during the summer months or whenever he can. He helps bottle, label and tends to the bees. Dylan is a very gentle beekeeper always making sure he doesn't pinch any of the bees.
Bella is really the boss. She is the one that makes everything run smoothly. She tells everyone what to do and makes sure it gets done correctly. Bella is best at knowing when it is time to take a break to eat and demands snacks on a regular basis. She is not the biggest fan of the bees but does allow everyone time to tend to them.