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Sweet Summer Solstice Time!

This has been an excellent Spring for beekeeping in Chicago. So far we have seen record blooms of Black Locust, Honey Locust and Yellow Sweet Clover, all excellent honey plants. This makes it all the better to celebrate our extended Spring weather with the 2013 edition of Sweet Summer Solstice.

On June 21, bring some chairs, a potluck dish to share and join Chicago Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago at Christy Webber Landscapes for our annual Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck Supper.  Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck is a community picnic at Rancho Verde, the LEED-certified headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes.

In addition to tours of the Chicago Honey Co-op hives on the green roof, there will be a raffle with lots of great prizes, including many from our fellow vendors at Logan Square Farmers Market.

Slow Food Chicago will provide a main course and beverages, including wines generously donated by our friends at Candid Wines beer from Goose Island, and bread from Crumb,   More details on those tasty treats to follow soon!

Music will be provided by classical guitarist Neal Dixon Smith.


Pre-order tickets here!

$10 SFC or CHC members / $15 general admission / children under 12 are free
Donate an extra $5 to help send a delegate to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre in 2014!
Tickets will also be available at the door.


Raffle prize round up so far with more to come!

Private cooking class for 6 at Whole Foods Sauganash

Tour of Goose Island Brewery

Gift set from Coop Sauce 

Syrups from Jo Snow 

Salsa Sampler from Tomato Mountain Farm

Copy of Graze Magazine

Acupuncture treatment from Essential Acupuncture

Wine from Candid Wines

Mead from Chicago Honey Co-op


Proceeds from the Potluck benefit the Chicago Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago.


A Video Visit to Our Apiary

Chicago's ABC 7 news paid us a visit for a short feature about Chicago Honey Co-op and our products. Thanks to Sharon Hoyer of Dill Pickle Food Co-op.


Back at Market!

We know our customers have been waiting a long time for us to return to the farmers markets. We always want to come sooner but don't like to start markets until we know we have enough honey to stay awhile. The early spring warm weather and the drought have slowed things up a bit but we are now selling  at Green City Market in Lincoln Park on Saturdays and Logan Square Market on Sundays. We will have 12, 6 and 3 oz jars of honey, honey mustard, and some new beeswax candles.


Join Us for the Sweet Summer Solstice!

Saturday June 23, 6pm to 9pm


The most affordable fundraiser in Chicago is back again!

Bring a dish to share and come celebrate the Solstice with us at Rancho Verde, the LEED-certified headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes.  Enjoy a tour of the Chicago Honey Co-op hives recently installed on the green roof.  Proceeds from the Potluck will benefit the Chicago Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago's preSERVE garden in North Lawndale. 

Thanks to Slow Food Chicago


Enjoy food and drink donated by some of Chicago's finest local purveyors.  


Beer from Revolution Brewing

Cider by Virtue Cider - including a special firkin of unblended cider, not available anywhere else!

Wine from Candid Wines

Bread by Crumb

Salmon donated by Fortune Fish Company and prepared by Chef Jeannine Wise, Slow Food Chicago Board Member

And a Raffle! (Update)

Bottles of wine from Candid Wines, Bottles of Virtue Cider Red Streak (Not available to the public!)
Gift certificates from Goddess and Grocer, Dill Pickle Foo Co-op, Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, 

Restaurant gift certificates to Real Tenochtitlan and Ke' Torta  
Winter Beekeeping Class with Chicago Honey Co-op
1 lb jar of brand new 2012 Chicago Honey Co-op honey
Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or 6 tickets for $20


Bring your chairs or a blanket, and a potluck dish for sharing.

  To purchase tickets:


$10 SFC or CHC members / $15 general admission  

Children under 12 are free

Donate an extra $5 to help send a delegate to 

Slow Food International's Terra Madre!


Tickets will also be available at the door. 

NOTE: Rain date is Sunday, June 24.  If weather is an issue, we will call the event on Friday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.  Please check SLow Food Chicago website for updates 

Bee Etiquette:  Please wear light colored clothing and a hat. Don't wear perfumes, colognes, or scents.


Directions:  Rancho Verde is located at 2900 W. Ferdinand Street.


By Bike:

By Train: Take the Green line to the California and Lake stop.  Walk west along Lake to Sacramento, then north on Sacramento 5 blocks to Franklin Boulevard.  Rancho Verde is on the east side of Sacramento at Franklin Blvd.

We can't wait to see you there!

Three New Apiaries!

We want to first thank everyone who made suggestions, connections and offers of land. Also thanks to everyone who made a donation or came out to a fundraising event and who spread the word about our need for a new home. 

This experience was scary and exciting all at once and we are very grateful to know there is such good will toward us from all over Chicago.

Now that we are all settled in, we have a chance to let everyone know about the 3 new apiaries we have moved to after losing our longtime home in North Lawndale. 
Last Hive unloading at Testa Produce
In late March we moved about 24 surviving hives to Testa Produce in Back of the Yards. Many thanks to Peter Testa for the generous offer of space on the East side of their property. The bees are doing great there with access to the river and some great neighborhood trees. There is also quite a bit of white sweet clover growing on the land.

Landscaper Christy Webber also offered us space on the roof of Rancho Verde, her North side location. We installed 12 new hives there in mid April. Those of you who are beekeepers may be happy to know that her retail store now carries beekeeping supplies.

Finally, thanks to Mark Henning and the Island neighborhood we have 21 new hives on abandoned tracks just South of I-290 and Columbus Park.

Again, we are so thankful for the support and kindness shown toward us during this time and we look forward to new experiences and new friends.

Installing Packages on the rooftop of Christy Webber LandscapingHives on the railroad tracks