Princeton Edition: Blue Ridge Bee Company

By Candace Nelson - 12:14 PM

Blue Ridge Bee Company

One of my favorite new-ish stores in West Virginia is the Blue Ridge Bee Company in Princeton.

Blue Ridge Bee Company

"Blue Ridge Bee Company is based in the heart of the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. When we started hearing of the mass honey bee die-off we became interested in saving this valuable creature. After much studying, we started our honey operation in 2014 and have expanded each year since.

Blue Ridge Bee Company

In December 2019, we opened our store on Mercer Street in the Grassroots District. We came to this district with a vision of opening a store that was reminiscent of an old-timey general store, selling local bread, meats, honey, jewelry, soap, and more, while also supplying customers with beekeeping equipment and training. Our main goal is to teach people to keep bees properly, helping them thrive throughout the year and rebuild the bee populations."

Blue Ridge Bee Company

This lovely storefront, in addition to selling a wide variety of local honey, has so many local goods. There are old-fashioned candies,  local breads and baked goods an even ice cream.

Blue Ridge Bee Company

Of course, I had to try the honey - but specifically the WV Wildflower honey. You may think that all honey tastes the same, but when you try a few, you can notice the floral notes or woody notes or whatever type it may be.

Blue Ridge Bee Company

One really cool thing they also have here is a line of canned specialty goods under their brand name. Chow chow, dilly beans, jams, jellies, relish - I love these items because they have that Appalachian twist and are not always something you can find in a grocery store. 

Blue Ridge Bee Company

In addition to getting some of the name brand products (which are all delicious!), I went for some other local ones, like this Moonstruck Maple Syrup. Which is SO tasty.

Blue Ridge Bee Company

This makes me think... I need to do a whole list on WV honey and maple syrups. 

Blue Ridge Bee Company

Have you been here before? 

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