It’s a passion that spans nearly a century.
with Esra Barkman in the 1920s. His love of bees prompted him to hop a train from Kansas to Oregon, where he mastered his craft working in the bee yards. He returned to Hillsboro, Kansas, and started a family tradition of selling honey beginning in World War II when sugar was rationed.
In the late 50s Esra shared beekeeping with his son, Richard. With increased demand, they founded Barkman Honey Company in 1960. Its flagship brand, Busy Bee, promised customers: “Clearly Nature’s Finest.” And they delivered with each bottle.
at the heart of our company. Today, Barkman Honey continues to be a beekeeper-owned family business that maintains operations in Artesian, South Dakota, a 60-year tradition that has helped the family grow their honeybee advocacy and preserve bee culture for future generations.