"Fresh from the hive since 1985" is our motto. We have no hidden agenda. With over 50 years of experience in the honey & pollination world, we have experienced it all.
From a young age, Alan kept bees in his backyard. He was introduced to beekeeping through 4H club in Chula Vista as a young boy. His passion for bees started young. Alan began working for a family friend who ran a commercial scale bee operation in his early teens and the rest is history.
Alan Mikolich, age 9, with his first beehive in Chula Vista, CA.
Alan & his twin brother Andy Mikolich in their backyard.
Alan Mikolich, age 14, inspecting hives in Julian, CA.
In 1985, Alan made the decision to go independent. He had been working under other beekeepers and felt like it was time to venture off on his own. While pregnant with their third child, Alan and his wife Mary decided to start their own bee business. During this year Mary lost her job so the pressure was on! Over the years, their children spent many summers extracting honey, moving bees and helping with lending a hand with bee work. From time to time, you may see them helping customers at our local farmers' markets.
Fast forward 25 years, their daughter Erika left her job in hospitality to join forces in the family operation. She has been a vital role in moving a majority of our product directly to the consumer and in the local marketplace.
As a small business, we appreciate all of the customers who have supported our journey over the years. We have had the opportunity to meet and work with such talented local businesses in the culinary space.
Good Food Awards in San Francisco, CA.
Alan and Erika Mikolich showcasing their honey for a news segment on KUSI San Diego morning news.
Alan and Mary Mikolich showcasing their honey at
the 2015 Good Food Awards in San Francisco!
The shift in todays honey industry is rapidly changing the way we look at our business. We pride ourselves on bringing you the best quality honey available.
At a time when there is a loss of transparency and trust in the commercial marketplace, we work hard to provide a clear and simple explanation regarding our operation.
From Temecula through San Diego County, we have several locations that provide us with seasonal floral sources. We do everything in our nature to ensure safe and sustainable bee practices.
As with most beekeepers, a lot of love and passion goes into our business. Each jar of honey is bottled by hand with love. We take sincere pride in our products thank you for taking the time to support us!
The Mikolich Family has been a Member of the Sioux Honey Association Co-Op for many years.
Alan has served on the Board of Directors for both Sioux Honey Association and the California State Beekeepers Association.
He is actively involved in pollination placement for the almond growers in California's central valley.
Alan Mikolich performing a routine hive inspection