Is your farm USDA Certified Organic?
YES! We're proud to say that every square inch of our 76-acre farm is 100% USDA Certified Organic. We were Petoskey's first USDA Certified Organic farm and continue to be the only 100% Certified Organic Farm in Petoskey. Our certifier is Nature's International Certification Services based in Viroqua, WI and we have been certified organic since our farm's inception in 2013.
Is your honey certified organic, too?
Unfortunately, no. Because we cannot control where our honeybees forage, it is almost impossible to certify honey as organic in the continental United States. An often overlooked fact in keeping bees is that much of their chemical exposure occurs IN the hive with beekeeper-applied pesticides. We NEVER use pesticides inside of the hive, period. We are proud of this fact, and unique in our management practices - we also think it is one reason our customers always comment on how crisp, smooth, and delicious our honey tastes! We call it Pure. Raw. Bliss. for a reason!
Why is your honey raw?
Our honey is raw because that's how the bees prepare it! Raw honey means that it has never been pasteurized, filtered, or purged of its nutrients! Raw honey contains numerous vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes that our bodies need. Heating it up kills off those beneficial attributes and turns it into little more than a liquid sweetener. Raw honey is different - it naturally crystallizes over time, never goes bad, and can be used on everything from tea and toast to lip balms and wound care.
Do you have a CSA?
At this point we do not operate a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Instead, we created the Bear Creek Loyalty Program. If you'd like to join a CSA - we strongly suggest checking out the CSA program operated by our friends at Bluestem Farm. It's so good, we're members of their egg and pork CSA!
What is the Bear Creek Loyalty Program?
Think of it like a membership to an exclusive club of farm customers who want access to exclusive offers, get discounts on their purchases, and want to support a thriving local farm! For only $15 you can join the loyalty program. You will immediately get a custom Bear Creek reusable shopping bag, with which, you enable discounts when shopping at the farmers market, buying in bulk, or pre-ordering. When you show up to the farmers market with the Bear Creek Bag, you will receive 10% off of your produce purchases, 10% off of potted herb and sunflower purchases, and the ability to buy 3 jars of honey and receive a 4th one free (a savings of 25%)! There is no limit to these savings.
Additionally, by joining the Bear Creek Loyalty Program, you will get on our loyalty email list and be the first to know about bulk veggie availability (tomatoes, basil, etc).
Do you have an on-farm market?
Not yet. We are so close to town and conveniently located for many of our customers that we see this option in the future - but we're not quite there yet. If you'd like to stop by to pick something up, feel free to drop us a line (231)-340-0104, message us on Facebook, or shoot us an email at email@example.com. We are often able to coordinate on-farm pickup for many orders, large or small.
Do you offer any classes on your farm?
You bet! While we informally host folks out to the farm all the time, we recently built a summertime on-farm classroom. This innovative farm-based classroom allows us the opportunity to share the wonders of farming, honeybees, art, and nature in a wonderful atmosphere right here on the farm! We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to our community and are organizing our 2017 class listing right now - stay tuned for more details. We anticipate offering over 25 classes and workshops over the summer months.