Golden Valley Apiaries L.L.C. is a family owned and operated, Belvidere, South Dakota based "Bee" business. South Beekota is the registered trademark of Golden Valley's retail product line. Our primary products are pure raw "sweet clover" honey with beeswax candles, pollination and Russian bee sales for additional income. This natural, raw honey is made from predominately yellow "sweet clover" plants.
The photos you see in the slide show are of Chris Baldwin, the "bee guy", working a number of "sweet clover" bee yards. Golden Valley Apiary's bee yard locations cover five West River, South Dakota counties. This area produces an extremely thick, light colored, and mild flavored honey, which makes the carefully packaged, raw and unfiltered product of the company's South Beekota label. Our goal is to be chemical free and develop a strain of bees with survivor capabilities to move toward sustainable agriculture.
Wife and candlemaker, Terry, with a generous supply of honey and beeswax, coordinates the production of South Beekota's simple,aromatic, and tasty line of products. Both Terry and the 'Bee Guy" believe in their pure, raw, and natural honey and beeswax products. There are no perfumes, additives, or bleach used. We do not micro-filter or pasteurize the honey thus it retains its natural healthful qualities.
We produce West River, SD sweet clover honey and beeswax. South Beekota offers honey in a 1lb. table squeeze, 3lb. refill jug, and 22oz. canning jar. Check out our Honey Store page to order. Check our Honey Store for the coming attraction: Unheated, Unscreened, Raw Honey Products in gift boxes.
Just south of South Beekota's headquarters is the White River 'breaks' and your first glimpse of the Badlands of South Dakota. South Dakota travellers flying down Interstate 90 to better known vacation destinations like Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park, the annual Sturgis Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rally, even on to Yellowstone.
Perhaps you would even enjoy joining us on a Country Beeyard Tour of our rural area. (By appointment only).
Terry's personal passion is the history of old homes, such as Grace's House, in the once thriving town of Belvidere, which is open to families looking for that 'something different' in their Family Vacation. Belvidere is a short 30 minute trip to the Badlands, and several family friendly attractions featured on our See the Sights page under Vacation Home.
South Beekota is the registered trademark of Golden Valley Apiaries L.L.C..
Learn more about Chris's work in developing, promoting, and selling strong bee colonies resistant to"mite syndrome".