The bees of Stewart's Apiaries originated from a swarm that was caught under a mailbox in Vineland, New Jersey in the spring of 2006. Since then, our bees have been greatly enhanced with more stock from local swarms, as well as queens from some of the most prestigious queen breeders in the U.S.--and Canada. Our operation was miticide free until the fall of 2011, when formic acid, a naturally occurring soft chemical that is produced by ants, and is even found in the food we eat, was used in the new form of the Mite Away Quick Strip. This alone has lead to an extreme selection for healthy hives which are better able to withstand and outgrow the mites, thence our great productive hives. Our bees are on the move throughout the state, with most being in the Estell Manor area of Atlantic County. They pollinate blueberries in April and May, then make honey from the holly trees along rivers in the southern part of the county. After that they may pollinate pumpkins or squash, and are then moved back to the yards they will go through the winter in. Besides this, we sell lots of nucleus hives to other beekeepers, and raise our own South Jersey queens.