From Our Hives To Your Table
Central Florida's premier choice for
local, raw and unfiltered honey.
Riverview Apiaries is a family-owned and operated business producing raw honey straight from the hive. We are dedicated to inspecting every barrel of honey to ensure it meets our standards of raw and unfiltered. Every bottle of Riverview Apiaries honey is hand poured with love.
Scott Irving moved to Florida with his parents in 1959. He began farming with his father in the late 1960's when he began working with bees to pollinate their crops. Scott continued farming until 1985.
After retiring from his automotive business, Scott again took up beekeeping, this time as a hobby. He began to harvest the honey from his hives and share his bounty with friends and family. His passion for beekeeping quickly turned into a viable business and in 2012 Scott and his wife, Beth formed Riverview Apiaries, Inc.
The apiary is located on Scott's 10 acre farm in Lake Panasoffkee. Scott also keeps hives in various locations in Florida and North Carolina.
Scott takes pride in the quality of his honey and inspects all of his honey. Riverview Apiaries honey continues to be hand bottled with love, one at a time.
"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."
-St. John Chrysostom
Straight From The Apiary
Our bees make their honey from a variety of seasonal flowers including; Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Gallberry, Palmetto, Tupelo and Sourwood. The honey is hand-spun from the honeycomb and lightly strained while preserving the beneficial enzymes and small pollen particles.
Florida wildflower honey is made from the fragrant pollen of trees, plants, flowers and herbs that are located near our beehives. Wildflower honey is our most popular selling honey based on its sweet floral notes and its allergy fighting properties.
Orange Blossom honey is produced by putting beehives in the citrus groves during blooming period. It has a light citrus aroma and taste, and its color is white to pale amber.
Saw palmetto honey is from the saw palmetto berries. It has a deep amber color with a full bodied buttery, smoky flavor. Palmetto honey is used as an herbal supplement for prostate enlargement.
Gallberry honey is sourced from a small evergreen holly bush. These bushes are prevalent throughout Florida and grow naturally in our pine flatwoods. Gallberry is a stronger flavored honey with a mild tang and is praised for its rich, elegant taste.
Sourwood Honey is from the Sourwood trees in the North Carolina mountain region. It is extra light in color, with a smell similar to cinnamon and cloves with a smooth, butter like texture.
Tupelo trees grow in the Southeastern swamps. Tupelo contains 45% less sugar and is used by diabetics widely. Tupelo honey is considered the "creme de la creme" of honey in the South and is the gold standard by which other honey is judged. The flavor is delicious, floral and distinctive.
Stop by the Brownwood Farmer's Market and see our other products including; Raw Honeycomb, Creamed Honey, Ginger-Tumeric Creamed Honey and Cinnamon-Tumeric Creamed Honey.
Stop by and see us!
Riverview Apiaries proudly sells their honey at the Brownwood Farmers Market in The Villages, FL every Saturday from 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.