MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — The art of beekeeping is the honey that keeps this family together at their Heritage Bee Farm.

What You Need To Know

  • The Vazquez family is always a buzz at their Heritage Bee Farm

  • They teach others why it’s important to bee mindful of the trade

“We have Italian breeds too,” owner Chris Vazquez said as he tended to his apiaries. 

Vasquez and his sons tend to their apiaries daily. It is just the first step in the process of a busy day on the farm in Myakka City in Manatee County. 

They take the honey and queen bees across the farm, where they cultivate and produce. 

Each of Vazquez's seven children is a part of the business. On the farm, they bottle their very own honey that they ship around the country. 

They even raise and breed honey bee queens, teaching others interested in beekeeping the tricks of the trade. 

“We love what we do and we love to welcome anyone and everyone on to the farm with us,” Vasquez said. 

The entire family is gifted in the art of beekeeping and are eager and willing to share this beautiful craft and bond with nature.

Heritage Bee Farm is open seven days a week and they have a small shop onsite and also offer tours of their bee operation.