Waupaca's Dancing Bear Honey
Since 1976 when our beekeeper Kent was just 16 years old, we've offered pure, raw, unfiltered honey straight from our own bees to your table!
We are a small family-owned beekeeping farm in central Wisconsin. For over 40 years, we've been taking the greatest care in producing and harvesting our local raw honey (we also offer orange blossom and buckwheat honey from a couple of trusted beekeeper friends).
Carefully bottling our honey for sale exclusively at Main Street Marketplace (our store in Downtown Waupaca) and our online store, we ensure every jar of honey is in perfect condition right up to handing it over to you.
What is Creamed Honey?
All honey naturally granulates but some granulates smoothly and some honey’s granules are more course. We save our smoothest granulated honey to make creamed honey using a cold method. By not heating the honey. the cold method protects the honey and all the benefits it contains.
We seed our extracted honey with our smooth granulated honey. Over 48 hours, we stir this mixture for 15 minutes every hour. Actually we have a mixing machine that does this for us. This process creates smoother and smooth creamy honey. For our original plain creamed honey, we stop there and bottle it For our flavored creamed honeys, we mix our creamed honey with real lemon oil, orange oil, cinnamon oil, mint oil or Vietnamese cinnamon creating our smooth, luxurious Creamed Honeys.
Just 2 ingredients in each jar – honey and the natural flavor. That’s it.
The result is a smooth creamy spread that goes great on buttered toast or bagels. A great no-drip way to enjoy our pure honey!
Real raw local honey
We'd love for you to try our comb honey, which is our favorite bee product to produce. Owner and beekeeper Kent Pegorsch likes to say "Comb honey really is the only raw honey. It is the best tasting honey and it is beautiful. If I only did one thing with my bees, it would be comb honey."
Kent is not the only one who loves comb honey, and we think you'll be surprised if you try it!
"I put some comb honey on a cracker with some blue cheese and holy jumpin' Moses was it ever good. I did not expect that combination to work, but it was crazy with flavor like nothing I've tasted before."
Created entirely by nature
We place our hives in woodland areas so our bees can collect nectar from naturally growing wildflowers. By keeping our hives out in nature, we’re able to share with you a pure, raw honey just as the bees intended it.
Our honey is never heated warmer than a beehive. We never filter our honey (only lightly straining it to remove beeswax particles).
We handle our honey from hive to bottle, keeping a rich, fulfilling taste with all the nutritious benefits. Pure honey has vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. All the flavor and healthful things that bees work so hard to put into the honey are still there. What could be more natural?
Bee & Solar Powered
A bee's life revolves around the sun. Not only does the sun bring with it the flowers they visit for food, but they also use the sun for navigation.
Even when the sun is hidden by clouds, they've been shown to find their way by inferring the sun's position from patterns of light. They also adjust for the sun's movement during the day, ensuring they find their way home, and give good directions to other bees in the hive.
So we're thrilled that our Dancing Bear Apiary is powered by our 9kW solar system, which provides all of the electricity for our honey house and more. The excess it produces is used to offset our electricity costs at our historic store Main Street Marketplace in downtown Waupaca, Wisconsin.