Monique Lafleur didn’t hesitate to start a honey business with her husband, Stefen Zauner. Five years after packaging the first batch of raw honey from their apiaries in Beaver County, the couple sees a happy future of continuing to supply their sweet products to people in Edmonton.
“Honeybees are the best bees. We live with them every day, try to be part of the hives,” says Lafleur, co-owner of Beaver Creek Apiaries Co.
After tackling the past few dry summers with raging wildfire smoke, Zauner sure put his chef instinct into designing his cold-smoked honey.
Apart from naturally sourced raw honey and signature smoked honey, Lafleur and Zauner also sell products that could go into curated gift boxes: handcrafted honey lip balms, heart shaped goat milk and honey soap, beeswax candles and more.
As acres of pollen ripen in the summer breeze, Lafleur and Zauner are ready for another busy season of honey collecting and battling the uninvited wasps.