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Merrimack Valley Apiaries

Merrimack Valley Apiaries Merrimack Valley Apiaries: 50+ Golden Years of Bee Keeping! Merrimack Valley Apiaries was incorporated in 1958 to provide a honeybee pollination service to apple growers in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

As we proudly celebrate our 50th anniversary, service has expanded to include apples in New York State, blueberries in Maine and New Jersey, Cranberries in Massachusetts, and almonds in California. We also raise bees to supply beekeepers nationwide and sell NUCs (replacement hives) for commercial and hobby uses.

Operating as usual

05/22/2022

If you have purchased a nuc from us you should have received and email to schedule to pickup. If not please let us know.

For those that joined us yesterday in Westord, thank you! Our nuc winner is coming to pick up today. Thank you for suppo...
05/01/2022

For those that joined us yesterday in Westord, thank you! Our nuc winner is coming to pick up today. Thank you for supporting 4-H!

Thank you for making an amazing first ever Showcase Extravaganza. All of our volunteers, youth, 4-H supporters and families, you are amazing and we greatly appreciate all of your time and effort put forth. Thank you!

Did you forget to order your Nuc? Come on down to the 4-H Showcase Extravaganza tomorrow and bid last on a nuc donated f...
04/29/2022

Did you forget to order your Nuc? Come on down to the 4-H Showcase Extravaganza tomorrow and bid last on a nuc donated from Merrimack Valley Apiaries. There will plenty of other things to see as well, from animals to crafts. Please join us and support 4-H in Middlesex County Massachusetts.

We greatly appreciate the support of Merrimack Valley Apiaries TheBFarm, and Glenn Card. They have generously donated a nucleus hive to our silent auction. The nucleus will be available for pick up in mid May at the farm in Billerica.

Sustaninable beekeeping: Pol line bees and winter survival.  Can we breed our way out of this mess?https://content.govde...
04/08/2022
ARS-Developed Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees Better Winter Survivors

Sustaninable beekeeping: Pol line bees and winter survival. Can we breed our way out of this mess?
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAARS/bulletins/31236cc

ARS-Developed Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees Better Winter Survivors USDA Agricultural Research Service sent this bulletin at 04/07/2022 05:10 AM EDT View as a webpage ARS News Service An ARS-developed line of bees that naturally has low levels of Varroa mites is more than twice as likely to survive th...

Come Check out this silent auction item at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Westford MA on April 30th.
04/04/2022

Come Check out this silent auction item at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Westford MA on April 30th.

Thank you to the amazing Mann Lake Bee & Ag Supply for the donation of a Traditional Complete Hive Kit! This also includes a hive tool and stainless steel smoker.

Thank you for your donation to 4-H!
03/18/2022

Thank you for your donation to 4-H!

We greatly appreciate the support of Merrimack Valley Apiaries TheBFarm, and Glenn Card. They have generously donated a nucleus hive to our silent auction. The nucleus will be available for pick up in mid May at the farm in Billerica.

12/31/2021

We will be CLOSED
New Years Day

06/01/2021

Last call! If you ordered and haven’t picked up reach out and we can get you scheduled for pickup.

Where does your honey come from?
05/04/2021

Where does your honey come from?

Honey labels differ by brand. When you’re buying honey, flip the bottle up, down, front and back, looking for its country of origin. Remember, USDA grade does not guarantee it’s a honey produced in the U.S.

Join our movement to Know Where Your Honey Comes From: https://www.abfnet.org/

We have queens up for sale by week starting April 13th. Order them now while they are still available.  https://thebfarm...
03/11/2021
Queens

We have queens up for sale by week starting April 13th. Order them now while they are still available.

https://thebfarm.com/collections/queens

As commercial beekeepers we maintain 35-40,000 colonies for honey production, crop pollination, and nucleus building. Over the past 20 years we have built our own queen program, raising 50 to 60,000 queens each year to support and replace our stock. During this time we have developed a close relatio...

First round of cells 2021!
03/07/2021

First round of cells 2021!

01/05/2021

🍯Always check the ingredients list and look for Country of Origin on the label! Buying pure, raw, US honey is the best way to go.🐝

#honey #pure #raw #americanhoney #supportsmallbusiness #usbeekeepers #beekeeping #beekeeper #commercialbeekeeping #ag #agriculture #honeybees #honeybear #worker #americanhoneyproducersassociation

Happy Halloween 🎃
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween 🎃

09/26/2020

First Jar of Vermont Wildflower

09/26/2020
09/26/2020

2020 Fall extraction has begun!

Honey pull 2020 has started!
09/17/2020

Honey pull 2020 has started!

Congratulations Bob,  thank you for all the great work you have done helping the beekeeeping industry.
07/31/2020

Congratulations Bob, thank you for all the great work you have done helping the beekeeeping industry.

We are happy to announce our we have placed our first bee yards into Vermont this spring.  We are excited about this new...
06/09/2020

We are happy to announce our we have placed our first bee yards into Vermont this spring. We are excited about this new venture and what sweet treats it will bring!

Queens available for pickup in Billerica $35Pickup in Jennings, LA $25We also can ship next day!https://crystalsrawhoney...
06/05/2020
Queens

Queens available for pickup in Billerica $35
Pickup in Jennings, LA $25
We also can ship next day!

https://crystalsrawhoney.com/collections/queens

All our raw honey products come from hives placed in specific Northeast regions to highlight unique flavor profiles, such as blueberry and wildflower. Shop now!

Checking some nucs today.  We have been battling these cold temps but the girls are still working hard.
05/13/2020

Checking some nucs today. We have been battling these cold temps but the girls are still working hard.

We have VSH queens for sale picked up in Billerica.  Starting at $40. Send me a message if you want to pick some up.  Su...
04/25/2020

We have VSH queens for sale picked up in Billerica. Starting at $40. Send me a message if you want to pick some up. Supplies are limited.

03/24/2020
03/24/2020
VSH Queen Stock We have grafted our own queens for nearly twenty years. From it’s beginning, our breeding program has em...
03/24/2020

VSH Queen Stock

We have grafted our own queens for nearly twenty years. From it’s beginning, our breeding program has emphasized varroa mite resistance. We have enjoyed a close relationship with the USDA-ARS lab. in Baton Rouge La. due in part to it’s close proximity to our production farms in Bunkie and Jennings Louisiana.

We were early participants in the Russian bee breeding program developed at the Baton Rouge Lab. We were also early recipients of breeders from Marla Spivak’s Minnesota Hygienic program. The VSH POL LINE project is named in part for our early participation in providing a high stress proving environment from multiple crop pollinations in the north east and California. To this day we continue to have a close relationship with the lab, providing stock to VP QUEENS, and testing for the Hawaiian Honey Co., a VSH Queen provider based in Hilo, Hawaii. For more information about our history with VSH stock please refer to the article written by Andy Card in the August 2019 Bee Culture magazine

Today we raise and install over 50,000 queens for our own use and for our nuc program. With over 25,000 colonies and 10,000 nucs, dispersed over 300 locations in Louisiana we are able to influence the genetic make up of our bees through aggressive re-queening and flooding of our outyards with stock of our choosing.

We are familiar enough with VSH queens and bees to know their advantages and limitations. Often, colonies which show a high expression of varroa sensitive hygiene produce up to 25% less honey than others. For a number of years we have included breeders from Latshaw Apiaries, known for their large tight brood patterns resulting in high honey production. We currently sift our own stock for high production coupled with mite resistance. With over 20,000 hives to choose from we select the two highest producing colonies from 300 yards, approx.. 600, and perform alcohol washes, locating those with low mite counts (0-1 final selection 6-7 months after treatment).The overall quality of our selection is greatly enhanced by our breeding program itself and having over 20,000 colonies to choose from each year.

Our goal is to provide our customers with queens we would choose to use ourselves. While we recognize the challenge varroa crossover ( varroa jacobsonii. to v. destructor) presents to honeybees, our mission is to provide bees which require minimal treatment.

02/24/2020

Clover honey is back in stock

02/24/2020

Knotweed honey now available in 20 and 10 lb pails!

Address

96 Dudley Rd
Billerica, MA
01821

General information

At Merrimack Valley Apiaries, we also take pride in producing Crystal's All-Natural & Varietal Honey, refined beeswax, and bulk ingredient honey (available from five-gallon containers to tank truckloads).

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 12pm
12:30pm - 2pm
Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

Telephone

(978) 667-5380

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We greatly appreciate the support of Merrimack Valley Apiaries TheBFarm, and Glenn Card. They have generously donated a nucleus hive to our silent auction. The nucleus will be available for pick up in mid May at the farm in Billerica.
We are getting there. . . Thank you to all of our supporters! Two more tanks will be filled soon with #knotw**dhoney from Merrimack Valley Apiaries 🐝 and tomorrow we are still at Attleboro Farmers Market Come by. . . We have 9 stocked flavors including a #smallbatch of peach!
Returned with 780lbs of honey from Merrimack Valley Apiaries Tank #3 next week and a second 40 gallon batch of Creme Brulee will be started! Tomorrow is Attleboro Farmers Market 9-1 and Sunday is Wrentham Artisan Market 10-2!
This is what using local ingredients looks like. We love supporting our farmers and our beekeepers - thank you for helping us make great mead! Russell Orchards Marini Farm Cider Hill Farm Nourse Farms Red Fire Farm Butternut Farm Merrimack Valley Apiaries @CrystalBeeApiary among others! #MadeInMA #LocalIngredients #Mead #HoneyWine #SupportLocal #supportyourlocalfarmers
It's World Bee Day! We're acknowledging the role of bees and other pollinators have on our ecosystem! Support our local bee businesses as well: Beverly Bees in Beverly, MA, Boston Honey Company in Holliston, MA, Little Beehive Farm in Holliston, MA, Tomten Beeworks in Ipswich, MA, Al's Hives and Honey in Wenham, MA, Merrimack Valley Apiaries in Billerica, MA and Honey Pot Maple Farm in Wilmington, MA #buylocal
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Solar Electric Fence: A question came up recently about running an electric fence through the winter (which I have used for several years). During the summer it is okay to use a "portable" fence on a roll, for protecting the hive. In the winter, as you can expect to get snow at any time the portable fences will become ineffective so it would be advisable to use the post and wire type of fencing, with wires at varying heights off the ground from 4 - 6" inches apart horizontally as it is necessary to turn off the lower wires that are below the snow line as otherwise the wires will discharge through the snow to the ground and drain the battery and be ineffective. The battery is not affected by the cold as the natural charging of the battery and the electrolyte does not tend to freeze through normal winters. I have no association with this company in the link that follows, but they have a good web page dealing with cold-weather electric fence use.
My final harvest from my 6 frame nuc I bought this spring from MVA. My Honeybee hive was destroyed by yellow jackets. My girls lost that battle. I will not be starting another hive next year unless i catch a swarm. I just finished vacuum sealing the jars i managed to salvage. I saw a very strong thriving hive in September when I opened it and saw no issues.. Then last weekend all i saw were yellow jackets. My adventures as a beekeeper for several years have come to an end. It is not the first time i have lost a beehive. It is a rewarding hobby with risks that you may never stop. I will not start another hive again next season.The bees from Merrimack Valley Apiaries are very good quality. I could not believe the amount of yellow jackets that attacked my hive. Almost all the bees were chewed up into little parts. I never expected this would happen. A sad week for me because love beekeeping.
HAPPENING TOMORROW 10/6!!! GREENWOOD Farm at GRIGGS Farm!!! Learn about Alpaca, Goats, Cows, Chickens, Bees, more!! Next Sunday, October 6th, 10a-12p. All ages welcome! Check out Greenwood Christmas Tree Farm and Merrimack Valley Apiaries
This week, CCCGA met with Representative Carolyn Dykema on Matt Beaton’s Eagle Holt Bogs in Wareham along with Glenn Card of Merrimack Valley Apiaries to discuss cranberry pollination. While that is a very broad topic, the discussion covered grower’s stewardship of bees, bee health, forage opportunities, honey industry, benefits of locally sourced honey, positive relationship between cranberry growers and commercial beekeepers...just to name a few! Thank you Rep. Dykema for visiting and learning about the work growers are doing.
Okay here it goes...Menu for tomorrow at the Attleboro Farmers Market Cookies - Oatmeal Crispy Chews (gf,v) Chocolate Chip Dual (gf,v) Peanut Butter Dream (gf) Dark Chocolate Oatmeal (gf) Brown Butter Oatmeal (gf) Quinoa Chocolate Chip (gf,v) Oatmeal Creme Sandwich (gf) Chocolate Chip Originator Sugar Fixation Cowboy Cookie Oatmeal Raisin Lemon Coconut Collision Ginger Snaps Maple Chai Latte *NEW flavor Blueberry Lemon Shortbread *NEW flavor Rainbow Blitz Delectadoodle Chocolate Peanut Butter Paradise *NEW flavor (wg, ef, df) Brownies - Black Bean (gf,v) Nutty Brown Butter (gf) Zucchini *First of the season!! Thank you Flying Carrot Farm Coffee Cake - Cinnamon (gf) Strawberry Walnut *First of the season!! Thank you Four Town Farm Cinnamon *Original 4th generation recipe!! Thank you to all my local suppliers for helping me to make D' Lish locally sourced products!! Eggs - DaSilva Farm Maple Syrup/Sugar - Ackermann Maple Farm Honey - Bee's Knees Apiary & Merrimack Valley Apiaries Peanut Butter & Nuts - Virginia & Spanish Peanut Co. Coffee Beans - Borealis Coffee Roasters