Many of Long Island’s beekeepers are in it for the relaxation – but some, like the Spy Coast beeman (aka Wayne Vitale) of Setauket, have turned the hobby into a business.
And Vitale’s Spy Coast Bee Farm is now gearing up for its spring-season production.
The farm is taking orders of this spring's bees, honey and other products for delivery in July.
His jars of organic Queenline Setauket Gold honey sell for $7 for a half-pound and $12 a pound. Pollen is $4 for 1.5 oz., and $8 for $3.5 oz.
He also sells beeswax candles, "nucs" (nucleus beehives, with a queen), bees, hives, queens.
Sideline businesses include wedding favors, bee farm tours and pollination.