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Made in Eastern Iowa: Battling bee and bottling honey in South Amana


SOUTH AMANA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Matt Stewart said that he got the curiosity ... You’ve got 'this much' shelf space at a grocery store, very expensive real estate for them. They don’t want to stock it themselves. Every week, we take to these stores."


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SOUTH AMANA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Matt Stewart said that he got the curiosity for honey in a time where learning about it was a bit more "low tech" than firing up YouTube. Matt and Patty Stewart have run Noble Bee Honey since 1990 He got into it, at first, for the pollination Now the honey is all over grocery stores in Eastern Iowa. He watched a video in the late 1980's on beekeeping VHS-style. All because of his wife, Patty, who wanted chickens instead on their South Amana property. "She said 'I want to have chickens.' I don’t know nothing about chickens Then I noticed our gardens aren’t doing anything so we needed honey beesThen they said, “why don’t you just get your own?” That led to Noble Bee Honey, the end product of hundreds of thousands of bees and Matt's quick work to try and check up on their output Their white truck and white van, with the distinctive Noble Bee logo, are making the constant runs at grocery stories all throughout Eastern Iowa. "It’s just like when they see me at the grocery store and say 'do you work for those people?' and I say 'we are those people!'," said Stewart "Patty and I do it all from start to finish and we deliver our product because you can pay a distributor You’ve got 'this much' shelf space at a grocery store, very expensive real estate for them They don’t want to stock it themselves Every week, we take to these stores."

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