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Hometown Farmer - Mallett Bees

Hometown Farmer - Mallett Bees

What's one of the hardest things about keeping bees?

If you talk with Aaron Mallett, he might say it's the fact you have to let them do their own thing and only check in on them every once-in-a-while.

There are about 400 people in Salix, IA, but you could still say things there are buzzin'!

If you hear a hum on the edge of town, it's probably coming from thousands of bees!

They're owned by Aaron Mallet, of Mallett Bees.

He's 23-years-old and mostly makes a living with honey!

"We've been doing it off and on for ten years, but the last two years I've been doing it to produce to sell at markets and stuff," said Mallett.

His mom got him started in this hobby-turned career.

"First time I got stung, it was right on the dome," said Mallett, pointing to his head. "It got inside my veil and I couldn't get it out, it was caught inside my hair."

That's why you won't catch him without his beekeeping suit.

It doesn't keep everything out, though.

"Sometimes you can kind of feel their legs tickling your hair," said Mallett, pointing to the vent in his helmet.

He'd like to get up to 600 hives someday.

He says one of the hardest things about beekeeping?

You can only check on'em about once a week at most.

"You don't know what's happening, you want to peek, but you know you probably shouldn't," said Mallett.

One of his hives is pretty new, it came from a swarm, basically a free-flying group of bees.

If you find one on your property, go ahead and call a beekeeper: they love'em.

"Free bees," said Mallett with a laugh. "Freebies."

So, what does he do with his honey?

It sells as everything from creamed honey to honey caramel corn.

"That's been a hot, hot item," said Mallett, talking about the corn.

Aaron sells his produce and honey at several Farmer's Markets around Siouxland.

He's usually at the Vermillion Farm Market, the Lyons, Nebraska market and the South Sioux Farmer's Market.

You can also buy some of his honey products online at:

igothives.com

Or

etsy.com/shop/MallettBees

If you think of a farmer you'd like to see featured here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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