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Karen and Brian Thomson are graduates from Iowa State University with degrees in Horticulture. North Barrington, IL has been their home for 20 years. Karen & Brian have two sons who are also Iowa State University graduates. One is working in Washington D.C. and the other in Chicago.
In 1975, Brian volunteered at the Cranbrook Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, tending to the beehives. When he was 16, he started Thomson Assembled Beehives and sold beekeeping equipment ready to be used. At the time, ready to use equipment was was a new concept. He continued the business and maintained 10+ hives while teaching classes about beekeeping until 1984. Shortly after that time, Brian was busy with internships in his field of study (Turfgrass management) and had to sell the beehives and put his passion for bees on hold.
In 2016, Ray and Brenda Bailey (Karen's sister), started keeping bees in Texas. Brian could not let his brother-in-law start keeping bees without him starting a few hives himself! The first year, Brian and Karen started 2 hives and by the second year they were up to 8 hives, with plans to add more the next year. As of 2022, the Thomson's have 120 hives and growing. It is now a full time business. Karen and Brian attend many farmers markets in the area along with selling their products online and teaching classes.
Honey Lake, the inspiration behind our name, is a real lake in North Barrington, IL .The lake is located outside of Chicago. It is a 65 acre glacial lake. All of our beehives are located in and around North Barrington, IL.
For Complete info on Famers Markets, see our Farmers Market page. Most Farmers Market have now started.
Bee Pollen is NOW available!
Honeycomb available mid July
Creamed Honey ready mid July
Spring/Summer and Fall honey:
We now have FRESH Spring/Summer honey that we are harvesting right now and we do still have our Fall honey!
If you are ordering honey, let us know which you would like in the comments at checkout and we will do our best!
For the beekeeper:
We now have Queens raised by us ready for pickup.
Thank you for supporting us and our honeybees!
Brian and Karen