Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 12

Jerry Logan bottles honey from his bees for retail sale by Honey Hill sweets. ‘Liquid Gold’ A Sweet Endeavor for Edmond Man BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE J erry Logan says he lost count of the number of times he has been stung by bees over the last 50 years. But, that hasn’t stopped the Edmond resident from continuing his love of bees and extracting their honey which he sells through his Honey Hill Farm business. “There is nothing more exciting to me than to open up a hive and see all the fresh wax in the beehive,” Logan said. “I just enjoy it.” Logan, 76, retired from Millwood Public Schools in 1992 where he served as the school district’s transportation director. He was Oklahoma Beekeeper of the Year in 12 May 2018 | The Business Times 2003 and President of the Oklahoma State Beekeepers’ Association from 2004-2006. Honey Hill Farm is part of the Made in Oklahoma Program which works with Oklahoma agribusinesses at local, regional and national levels to promote retail, institutional and gourmet sales. Activities include marketing programs targeted to increase consumer awareness about the availability and quality of Oklahoma agriculture products. Promotional methods include cooperative participation at trade shows and media advertising. Logan said he sells his honey to a variety of retailers and restaurants in the metro area including Cool Greens in Edmond and Oklahoma City, and Jumbo Foods in Enid, and local health food stores. Logan started in the honey business after making beehives for a friend who traded some work for beehives. “I had a friend that was a taxidermist and he was wanting some bees,” Logan said. “I made him some beehives and I started making some for myself also. I have been in it for 50 years now. I started out with five hives and I got up to 150 hives. I ended up with extra honey and I started selling it.”