A family business as sweet as honey
By Mackenzie Carmen
lindsay – Sweet golden honey has enticed the palates of characters such as Winnie the Pooh as well as residents of the Central Valley and beyond. But did you know the city of Lindsay has its own family-operated apiary? Now, you can get a hold of their award-winning honey, because Sample Family Apiaries announced this month that they are launching a new honey company called True Gold Honey.
“With many people wanting to buy high quality, pure, raw, and local honey for their families, but not knowing where to go, we knew that the honey our bees make was needed in the marketplace,” said Sarah Sample who operates the business with her son Tyler Sample.
Beekeeping is a family tradition for the Sample family. Sarah’s parents and grandparents began beekeeping in the 1970s. Her husband, Dave, caught the beekeeping bug as well and passed the tradition down to their children. In 2006, the Sample family took a leap of faith and founded the Sample Family Apiary.
In 2012, Sarah and Dave’s son Tyler returned to Lindsay to foster the family business. Tyler is no “newbee” to beekeeping. He has been beekeeping since he was only 13 years old. However, two years ago, Tyler was involved in an a car accident that left him with two bulging disks in his lower back. He soon realizing he could no longer hand bottle the product or care for the bees himself, and he knew that he had to be involved in the family tradition in a new way.
That was when Sarah and Tyler decide to partner together to make True Gold Honey. Now, Tyler intends to expand the family’s successful apiary operation as the vice president of marketing. Tyler wishes to share his family’s honey with the valley by driving retail distribution and bringing their locally sourced honey to the regional market.
True Gold Honey isn’t just a sweet story. Their honey is pure, raw and unfiltered and is never cooked or diluted which, they say, allows the honey to retain its health benefits and is filled with live antibodies, enzymes and minerals. Not only that, but the family cares for the bees to make sure they are rewarded for their hard work.
“Some of our bees are at our house in the spring when the orange trees are blooming. But what we do is we move our bees and follow the flowers because we would prefer them to have the natural real pollen and nectar from the flowers that they need to be healthy,” said Sarah.
There are five varieties of this unique homemade honey. These varieties include the California Honey Festival’s first-place-winning buckwheat honey, avocado honey, summer valley flower honey, coastal mountain sage honey and orange blossom honey.
If you want to get your hands on this one-of-a-kind honey, check out the family business’ web site at www.truegoldhoney.com. Here, they list local venues where their products are stocked and you can even purchase honey directly from them.