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Brushy Mountain Bee Farm



Brushy Mountain Bee Farm was established by Steve and Sandy Forrest and opened for business in 1977. It began as a part time business with the office and wood shop in the home of Steve and Sandy. In 1980 it grew into a full time business.

Brushy Mountain continues to expand and provide products from coast to coast and beyond. Since 1998 we have had our catalog on-line and an e-commerce site for the convenience of our customers.

Each year we seek ways to make the products we make better, and to increase our knowledge to provide the best information to our beekeeping customers. Beekeeping has become more challenging in today’s world but we are constantly seeking new remedies, innovative products and ideas to keep you successful with your bees. Our knowledgeable and courteous staff is available to provide you with the latest information. The future of the Bee Farm is invested in supplying the best quality, best service, and best support in the beekeeping industry.



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I give them 6 out of 10 acorns.

I would speculate there will be 99 good reviews to my one bad, so don't let the one bad review discourage from buying.

Shipping cost was very high. A complete box with frames (smaller 8 frame box assembled) was $30 for a $50 product. I didnt delete acorns for this because it is known up front at checkout.

The reason i paid this was that i wanted matching boxes. I bought a 2 box 8 frame unpainted hive from the Mother Earth News fair. It was so beautiful (copper roof and burned in mfgr logo) that i oiled it instead of painting. Needing extra boxes for the future, i placed an order on the website.

I think it took 3 weeks to get it. While the box wasn't needed quickly, the other stuff was. I think the whole shipment was held because of one backorder. This is speculation as the order sat as "processing" or similar word when i checked status. Given that the entire order was probably $70 in shipping, 2 shipments would have been appreciated.

The order comes in and the box is painted, not unfinished. I sent an email asking if i ordered wrong, because i was expecting it unfinished. I got no response  (apology, or options, or explanation that they dont differentiate). I did get a shipment notification and a couple days later an unpainted box showed up that was a 10 frame, not an 8 frame. I cant use it. I kind of gave up at that point.

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I give this bee supplier 9 out of 10 acorns.

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

I've bought some bees from them twice. The bees have always been healthy & well behaved. The bees have performed well. Part of my bee gene pool now. The company has an excellent selection of bee equipment & supplies. Prices are comparable or better than other suppliers. The staff is very helpful. Fast shipping. Might rate them a 10 if they would come catch all the swarms from my zone 5.

They need some more bee reviews like this for the bee review grid. Post them if you've got them.
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