Hello. We are Mary and Ed Kosenski. We live Central Jersey in Tinton Falls, NJ that is located between Asbury Park and Red Bank in Monmouth County and we are 5 miles from the Jersey Shore. On a Sunday morning we can drive directly to Times Square in about 45 minutes but we live in a county where there is 40,000 agriculture and woodland acres. And it is in this area that we keep and manage 100 beehives.
We have been keeping and managing Honeybees for twenty years, just about the same number of years we have lived in Tinton Falls. After we purchased our 2.5 acres we couldn’t decide how we were going to use our land; plant Christmas tress or keep draft horses. But then we saw the movie UIee’s Gold and we where totally hooked on the honeybee. The next day Ed found a beekeeper in Vineland, NJ who was willing to sell us our 1st beehive and the following week we picked it up.
Since that 1st beehive we have grown to a full time small Beekeeping business of 100 beehives. Ten years ago we converted our 3-car garage into a full Honey House and also modified our basement into a beeswax candle workshop. And ten years ago we began a queen rearing operation.
In 2002 we made commitment to develop a stronger local honeybee. In 2005 we began grafting queens after Ed completed Sue Cobey’s queen rearing course. In 2007 and 2008 Mary attended Sue Cobey’s beginning and advanced instrumental insemination courses. For the past 10 years we have been breeding Carniolan and VSH queens which Mary breeds from the 1st week of May to the 1st week of August. Normally she grafts 300 queens and from them she picks the best queens for our operation.
Mary and her intern manage our production hives and also our queen rearing operation. Our honey is harvested from late May to the end of July and during that period, Mary, her intern and Ed harvest the honey which is then brought back to the Honey House. We have had many late night extraction sessions where the temperature in the Honey House exceeded 100 degrees.
We offer New Jersey Spring Wildflower and Summer Wildflower, Cranberry, Blueberry and Clover Honeys. In addition Mary creates Beeswax Pillar, Taper, Votive and Figurine Candles and we also offer bulk beeswax blocks and Beeswax Bars. We also make Raw Honey Food Gift Boxes and Honey Gift Sets.
About 8 years ago five of our customers asked if we could produce Honey Favors for their Weddings. From those five Brides-to-Bees we have over these past eight years worked with another 1,700 Brides-to-Bees. In addition we offer custom tags and labels for our Wedding Favors and Baby Shower favors. We have been voted by our Brides-to-Bees the Best of The Knot Wedding Pick for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017! We are very proud of these awards and we really love working with our Brides!
We are members of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NJBA), the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association (CJBA), the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA), Eastern Apiculture Society and the National Honey Board (NHB). In addition we give educational talks and presentations at schools, associations and county fairs.
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