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Meet Lydia Reese of Meljess Bees in Riverside County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Reese.

Lydia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My husband is a beekeeper. As a young person, my husband had worked for a honey company and from there, he then later helped his brother with his beekeeping. Shortly after, we got married and he had two different jobs before going back to beekeeping. Ten years ago, he decided to get back into the business of beekeeping and it was not easy to start anew but he worked hard to build his business back from the ground up.

I had been a language evaluator for about 15 years and I would see that my husband would sell barrels of honey to various companies. I loved shopping at farmer’s markets and one day, I asked my husband if I could have some of the honey to sell at a farmers market and he immediately said yes. I started by going to one farmer’s market at a time as I was still working at a school district and my youngest daughter was a senior in high school. I saw the interest and how people loved our honey, therefore I decided to attend another farmers market on the weekends, we started meeting people and we were getting invited to other markets, so when my daughter graduated from high school, I decided to quit my job and work at the farmer’s markets selling our honey.

We began to meet people at the various markets that had small stores, restaurants, breweries, etc. Now my husband continues to work with his bees and my youngest daughter’s husband became part of the team as well. My children work at farmer’s markets and my oldest daughter and I do the bottling, paperwork and sometimes deliveries. We are a happy beekeeping family and we definitely make sure our customers are provided with the best quality honey directly from our beehives.

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel that it has been a smooth road, the only times I find a little difficult is when my husband has to move the bees to a different location. He transports the bees at night because that is the time they are all back into their beehive. Sometimes the bee yards are in locations that don’t have phone service and the roads are difficult to get to and if it is during the rainy season, the bee truck can get stuck.

Another difficulty is finding bee yards. The bees are forbidden at locations near residential areas. Sometimes there are still complaints in rural areas because the bees can fly into peoples’ yards in search for flowers or water making location finding a difficult task.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Meljess Bees story. Tell us more about the business.
I have an online store where I take care of orders. I occasionally order any supplies needed at our shop for bottling. I make crafts like candles from our beeswax. I also do paperwork, payroll, and accounting, etc.

My husband is the beekeeper and he specializes in pollinating and collecting honey from his bees. What I am most proud of is that we only sell what our bees collect and I feel that we have great quality honey. We price our items at reasonable cost for the value and we try to help out otherwise in various ways particularly when working with new upcoming fellow business partners. We try our best to work with our customers to accommodate them with their needs.


  • 18 oz of Wildflower honey is $10.00
  • 1.5 lbs of Wildflower Honey is $12.00
  • 3 lbs of Wildflower Honey are $22.00
  • 12 lbs = 1 gallon of Wildflower Honey is $70.00
  • 5 gallons Of Wildflower Honey $220

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