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Bill's Bees

Bill Lewis

tel: 818.312.1691

Market Days:

Saturday - Downtown

County of Production: Los Angeles, Tulare
Years Farming: since 1970 


Winter: honey, pollen, beeswax, almond blossom harvest, eucalyptus harvest
Spring: honey, pollen, beeswax, orange blossom harvest, sage wildflower harvest, avocado blossom harvest, blueberry blossom harvest
Summer: honey, pollen, beeswax, wildflower harvest, buckwheat harvest, cotton blossom harvest, sometimes lavender blossom    
Fall: honey, pollen, beeswax

Farm History:

I started keeping honey bees in the Boy Scouts in 1970. Then I abandoned my bees in my parents' backyard, went off to college and earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I moved to CA in 1980 and worked in the Aerospace Industry for 10 years. In 1991, I quit Aerospace for a maintenance job on a ranch that brought me back outdoors and the bees found me again by moving into the wall of my house.  I adopted these bees and 10 colonies found abandoned on the neighbors' property. With those I have grown to close to 400 colonies with many ups and downs. 

I think Warren Buffett said it best: "You have achieved success when you can't tell the difference between work and play."