The Beefarmer’s Wife, Sudbury, Suffolk
In 2016, following 30 years in Banking, I decided I wanted a change! My husband, Kevin Thorn, had been offered early retirement 6 months previously and I was no longer enjoying getting up at 530am and commuting. (There wasn’t much housework being done either while I was in the office!)
Kevin was expanding his Bee Keeping hobby into becoming a Commercial Bee Farmer and suggested I help him market his honey and do a bit of book-keeping. I knew nothing about Bee Keeping but I knew I had a lot of different skills from my time at the Bank, working with Small Businesses in London and leading a team of Business Relationship Managers in Norfolk.
We had seen lots of mixes of seeds for Bumble Bees and Butterflies and my husband Kevin, the Bee Farmer, really wanted to find a mix of seeds specifically for Honey Bees. We were delighted to have sourced Wild Flower Seeds and packaged these into lovely linen gift bags. The 20g of mixed seeds contains Borage, Red Clover, Phacelia, Crimson Clover & Birdsfoot Trefoil and when planted in Spring is designed to provide season long pollen and nectar for Honey Bees.
Next was our natural Wood Polish and during Lockdown made lots of our scented Beeswax & Honey Soap. My first Soap, safely assessed, was Bergamot & Lime with Turmeric added to our Beeswax & Honey and we now make and sell all of our Soaps with Lemongrass & Eucalyptus, Rose Geranium & Pink Peppercorns, Lavender with Propolis, Tea Tree & Rosemary, Mint & Chervil, Pine & Patchouli with Morning Detox Herbs and one Unscented.
I love personalising lots of colourful Gift Box sets with our Beeswax products.
It’s amazing how our little business grows each year and we love hearing about happy shop owners and happy customers. My husband Kevin is busy with our Bees, making equipment in the Winter and then collecting Swarms in May & June and pouring honey for me! We Gift Wrap lots of our Jars with colourful seasonal ribbons and honey spoons. We are delighted that we have an amaxing lady Roxie join our team. Roxie helped out Christmas 2019 adding our labels and ribbons to everything we made and now works with us every week making our beeswax recipes with such enthusiasm. I love helping customers and being organised and organising everything and everyone …. so I am happy!
January 2023 and I am working on our Handcream recipe and making Candles. We are exhibiting at the Beekeeping Show this year to talk to other Beekeepers and we are also looking to see who we can help in London with our new English Honey. It’s going to be another busy year!