Rich Valley Apiary: Turning organic honey into self-care products
Cameron County | Elk Country of the PA Wilds
By LaKeshia Knarr
Rich Valley Apiary can best be described as a family affair.
Ryan Magaro, his wife Brandi, and their children are beekeepers in Cameron County, PA – and together they not only raise bees; they harvest the bees’ sweet honey into various byproducts.
The family’s bees are raised organically in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, without treatment of chemicals or exposure to pesticides.
In addition to raising bees on their own property, the family works with a neighboring farmer to raise another set of bees nearby.
From the hives, the Magaros harvest local raw wildflower honey to produce the beeswax candles, homemade soaps, lotions, and lip balms that Rich Valley Apiary is known for.
And their production process has recently changed.
After years of making their products out of their home kitchen – where, when dinnertime came, space got tight – the family has invested in a new studio.
A former church nearby now serves as the hub of Rich Valley Apiary activities.
The basement is the workshop – where the Magaros can be found mixing their ingredients, curing products and preparing them for sale. And big plans are in store for the main floor of the former church down the road as well.
The larger work area allows for new methods of making.
Ryan explained that, now, the family will be able to up production and create even more of their honey-based products.
Learn more about Rich Valley Apiary or leave the company a recommendation on their Wilds Cooperative of PA profile!
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