For three generations, Honeyville’s “beekeeping and honey bottling family business” has been going strong.  It is situated just outside of Durango, CO and started by Vernon Culhane in the 1920’s.  Vernon began his venture by taking away some of the honey bees from a tree close to his house to initiate his own hive.  The honey these bees were creating tasted amazing and soon the whole area heard about Vernon’s honey.  He started selling his honey in and around Durango which gained him the nickname of “The Falfa Honey Man”.  He started out taking honey to downtown Durango on his old flatbed truck where the town’s folks would be able to fill up their jars with honey.  After a while, people started coming to the Honey House for honey where people not only filled up their containers but was greeted with a tour of the farm.  Vernon’s pastime with honey turned out to be a flourishing business.

Today, you can shop at the Honeyville factory store, watch them make the honey, observe the bees, and buy a variety of products created from the honey.  My husband and I went crazy and not only bought their raw honey but whipped cinnamon, chocolate buzz, honey caramel, apple butter, bumbleberry jam, honey peach wine, and chocolate raspberry honey wine.  Everything was mouth-watering good.


  1. What a neat place! And, I can almost taste that yummy honey. :)


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