The sweeter side of organic

Visit with organic bee keepers at Aug. 6 Michigan Honey Fest



Red Headed Honey was originally founded in Willow Creek, Calif. in 2005 after Niki Backes started the company because of her passion for working with honeybees. Soon after, the demand for the honey she was producing, as well as her skincare line, grew.

While working in Costa Rica, Backes met the now CEO of the company, Jeff Dayton. He understood her dream of working with honeybees and decided to join the team. Since the pair first met, they have focused on growing their company sustainably and having fun while doing it.

“Our focus is on trying to bring more awareness to the declining honeybee population while providing all-natural body care products that are a derivative or direct byproduct of the honeybee hive,” explained Backes.

Red Headed Honey products are crafted from honeybee byproducts that Red Headed Honey sustainably harvests from their hives in Southern Michigan. The honeybees enjoy hundreds of acres of land, surrounded by forests, wildflowers, fruit trees and a natural spring lake.

While making all natural skin care products for customers to enjoy is their main focus, the organization’s members also share a mission to bring more awareness to declining honeybee populations and pledge 1 percent of all sales to honeybee preservation.

Red Headed Honey will be one of the dozens of vendors at this year’s 5th Annual Michigan Honey Festival, which returns to Frankenmuth on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Harvey Kern Pavilion. Funds raised at the event go back into surrounding communities to help educate all ages on the importance of the honeybee.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harvey Kern Pavilion and, along with plenty of learning opportunities, features hands-on fun, a number of vendors, a children’s area, Master Gardeners and more. Visitors will get a chance to see custom built bee hives, check out bees wax lotions, soaps and candles, join a local bee club, check out several different demonstrations, learn how to help honeybees, learn how to brew honey mead and much more including sampling many types of honey.

Those interested are encouraged to visit often as new content is always being added. Tickets to the festival are $5 for ages 14 and up and free for those younger than 14. For more information, call 810-241-6308. For more info at Red Headed Honey visit

— Alex Petrie

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