Sunday Honey Provides Local Honey and Urban Beekeeping Classes

Sunday Honey is your local resource for beekeeping education, and completely local, raw, unpasteurized honey.We produce exemplary quality local honey from our bees kept right here in our community. Our bees stay put and are kept with the utmost care for the health of the bees, the environment and humans.

We are your source for urban pollination services for our local gardeners to increase fruit production.  Just one hive of honeybees can greatly increase the productivity of your fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

Now with two locations:

San Jose, CA – Willow Glen Area

Sunday Honey World Headquarters in Willow Glen

Sunday Honey World Headquarters in Willow Glen

Sunday Honey’s original location is in heart of Willow Glen in sunny San Jose. We have hands on beekeeping classes here in Willow Glen, CA. Come spend a Sunday afternoon with the bees.

Northwest Montana

Sunday Honey's newest location - in Montana

Sunday Honey’s newest location – in Montana

In 2012 we added our second location in Northwest Montana.

Coming soon:
Bee Friendly Landscape Design Services

Sunday Honey in the News

Article in May, 2011 Metroactive Magazine:
Catching the Buzz – Urban Beekeepers Swarm Silicon Valley

Gail Rieg, owner of Sunday Honey and Queen Bee

{Excerpt} Tall and fashion-model pretty (until she dons her head-to-toe protective gear), Gail Rieg says she became interested in bees when she studied beneficial pollinators. Rieg, who looks exactly the part of the hip hair stylist she is at Alchemy in Willow Glen, says she obtained her first hives shortly after buying a house five years ago. The bees so fascinated her that all she wanted to do was sit in her backyard and watch them.

She now teaches beekeeping classes at Love Apple Farm and at her San Jose home, and she has started an online resource, www.SundayHoneyBees.com.

Her Victorian, with its white picket fence, “Bee Crossing” sign and lush lavender bushes, looks better kept than some other houses on her street, but a neighbor’s complaint lead to a visit by the city of San Jose’s Animal Care and Services Division.

Rieg says that given her large backyard, she had no problem proving to the animal-control officer that she could comply with San Jose’s ordinance, but she believes that law is too restrictive.  {Read More…}

Article in August, 2012 SFGate Magazine:
Beehives of activity generate big buzz

honeybees Photo: Heribert Proepper, Associated Press / SFIf not for honeybees and other pollinators, there would be no chocolate. In fact, without bees, we would lose one-third of the foods we eat, including many of our fruits and vegetables. To bee or not to bee is not a question at all – we need bees and all the fresh fruits, veggies and cocoa beans they pollinate. Yes, sometimes they sting, but the ancient Greeks understood their importance and considered the little flying creatures to be mythical nymphs. Here are a few hives where bees are, well, buzzing:

Sunday Honey, Willow Glen in San Jose

Beekeeping classes range from beginning and advanced beekeeping to hive building with “bee installation.” Another class covers attracting native bees and solitary pollinators to an urban garden without all the rigmarole of dealing with honeybees. Its participants build a “bee house” – or, really, “bee condos” – out of native woods.  (831) 818-4109, sundayhoneybees.com. {Read More…}

Comments from our students:

Just over a year ago I started beekeeping after taking a workshop with you at Love Apple Farm. I am the lady who was in Israel and you helped me by using my hive to instruct a class in installing the bees. I was uncertain in the beginning but so much more confident now.

I want you to know that my one hive did so very well over its first year. This second year I have 2 hives. I “split” the first hive. I have had 2 swarms! Pretty soon I will be able to catch more own swarms. I see the swarming as a sign of how strong the hive is.

Anyway, I thank you for my start and hope you are happy with this news.

– Hillary

OK, I know you are busy and you said to make the question a good one. So here’s one for you from a novice. I just took your class yesterday and initial costs to start up a bee hive were around $1000.

I just saw an active hive with the brood box, and super with queen for sale for $180. Would it bee crazy not to buy that if it was a healthy hive? I’d just need some accessories but I’d still be saving a pile of cash and have an instant hive.

GREAT class by the way! You are clearly knowledgeable in the bee business.

Thanks, Wade

After taking your class, I took over beekeeping duties at the ranch property I work at last fall. We had 6 hives at that time. This spring, I tried to prevent swarming by removing swarm cells (I did this to all 6 hives about 8 weeks ago). about 3 weeks ago, 3 of the hives swarmed. we were able to keep 2 of them hived and one absconded.

I got into the hives again and attempted to wipe out all of the swarm cells (2 weeks ago). We had a week of wet weather, and when it warmed up again this week, we had 3 more swarms!! We were able to catch all 3 of those as well. So now we have 11 hives (!!!).

– Tyson