Idaho Beekeepers Featured In ‘Who Does Your Honey Come From’ Drive
Two Idaho beekeepers are being featured in a national drive for Americans to know who their honey comes from. Amongst its 270 members, Sioux Honey Association Co-op selected Bob and Michael Newswander of Preston to be faces of the “Who Does Your Honey Come From” campaign, which started December 17, 2018
“It’s not just where your honey comes from that matters. It’s who,” said Rob Buhmann, chair of the Sioux Honey Board. “Sioux Honey comes from people like the Newswanders who are producing top-notch Idaho honey. These families are running solid operations and they are committed to making only the highest quality product.”
Beyond introducing local beekeepers through the campaign, the co-op is advocating for consumers to look at the label when buying honey, know who and where it comes from, and keep an eye out for the “Grade A” and “Product of the U.S.A.” designations. “Grade A” is the highest grade awarded by the UDSA and “Product of the U.S.A.” is a guarantee of the country of origin. Combined, the labels confirm honey is pure, with nothing added, and of the highest quality, according to Buhmann.
“Our philosophy is to give the bees all of our attention,” Bob Newswander said.
Bob operates Newswander Apiaries along with his son Michael who quit his engineering job to join the family business. His family joined the co-op in 1970 to get their honey to the market and allow them to focus on taking care of the bees.
Both Bob and Michael appear in the middle of the nationwide ad which highlights the challenges of beekeeping and the persevering nature of America’s beekeepers.
“There’s nothing like working for yourself and dealing with a wonderful creation of nature,” Michael Newswander said. “I don’t know what’s better than being outside digging in a beehive, building beehives, pulling the honey off at the end of the year.”
Newswander Apiaries manages 8,000+ beehives that are spread out across southeastern Idaho and northern Utah, with their base of operations in Preston, Idaho, in the Cache Valley.
As a co-op, not a corporation, Sioux Honey Association was formed to operate based on what’s best for its beekeepers, its honey and its customers. Established in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1921, the co-op distributes pure, “Product of the U.S.A.,” Grade A honey to retailers nationwide on behalf of its 270 independent beekeeper members. From classic Sue Bee to unfiltered Aunt Sue’s, the co-op has a honey for every preference and use.