NJ Beekeepers - E&M Gold Beekeepers
Hello, we are Ed and Mary Kosenski from E&M Gold Beekeepers, a family NJ beekeeping business, which produces local raw honey & naturally selects strong honeybees and honeybee queens. We began our beekeeping journey in 1997 shortly after seeing the movie Ulee’s Gold. The next day Ed purchased our 1st beehive from a Beekeeper in Vineland, NJ. Since that first hive, 22 years ago, we have grown to a 100-hive beekeeping operation.
In late 2002 we made a commitment to develop a stronger local honeybee after half of our hives died. In 2005 we began grafting queens after Ed completed Sue Cobey’s Queen Rearing course at the University of Ohio. In 2007 and 2008 Mary attended Sue Cobey’s beginning and advanced Instrumental Insemination courses at UC Davis.
Listed below, year-by-year are the races of the Western Honey Bee stock which we have added to our operation:
2003 – introduced Russian queens from Bob Brachman(NY) and Hubert Tubs Apiaries (MS).
2004– brought in Russian queens from Bob Brachman (NY) and Ray Revis(NC).
2005– brought in Russian queens from Ray Revis (NC).
2006 -conducted 1st grafting; brought in Russian queens from Bob Brachman(NY) and Ray Revis(NC). Introduced a Russian Breeder queen from Glenn Apiaries(CA).
2007 – began regular queen grafting sessions from May through August; brought in a Russian breeder queen from Glenn Apiaries(CA) and introduced Kirk Webster(VT) Russian winter nucs.
2008– brought in Glenn Aiaries (CA)Russian and Carniolan breeder queens. Conducted queen grafting sessions.
2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 – brought in Sue Cobey (CA,WA) NWC Breeder Queens and Charlie Harper(LA) Russian queens each year.Continued seasonal grafting sessions from May through August
2013 -brought in a Sue Cobey (WA) NWC breeder queen. Continued seasonal grafting sessions from May through August
2014 -brought in a Sue Cobey NWC breeder queen. Established hives with VSH John Harbo daughter queens. Continued seasonal grafting sessions from May through August
2015 - brought in VSH Queens. Continued seasonal grafting sessions from May through August
2016 - brought in VSH Queens and Strachan NWC queens
2017 - brought in Strachan NWC queens
2018 - brought in Strachan NWC queens
2019 - brought in Strachan NWC queens
Honeybee Races we have added to our operation since 2003:
(NWC) New World Carniolan Honeybee
(VSH) Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Honeybee
E&M Gold Beekeepers Honey
Our honey is harvested from early June to the end of July and during that period, Mary 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.
About ten years ago five of our customers asked if we could produce Honey Favors for their Weddings. From those five Brides-to-Bees we have worked with over 2,000 Brides-to-Bees. In addition we offer personalized 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, 2017, 2018 and 2019! 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 National Honey Board (NHB) , the New Jersey Farm Bureau and take part in the NJ Jersey Fresh program.
Thanks for visiting us!
Please contact us so we can discuss your Honey and Beeswax needs.