Urban Beekeeper Economics: Can You Beat The Stock Market With A Rooftop Swarm?
The commercial U.S. honey industry grosses approximately $332 million per year. An additional $260 million worth is imported. The majority of U.S. honey production is based in the South and produced via a migratory system: Hundreds of hives are trucked around the country, following massive blooms on commercial farms. One week may be spent parked in Florida for the orange harvest, and the next week the bees are packed up and trucked across the country to catch the almond blooms in California.