Northern Blossoms Honey has proudly been produced in Saskatchewan since 1946.
Robert Hamilton came to Canada in 1910 from Scotland at age 16. He had been raised in a beekeeping family so it was only natural that he would be interested in beekeeping in Saskatchewan. He was located in the Qu'Appelle Valley area, at Neudorf SK which had an abundance of wild flowers for the bees to forage. In the spring of 1911 he purchased two colonies. The bees did very well over the years averaging about 120 to 160 pounds. per colony. In the good Wolf Willow years the bees averaged near the 180 pound mark. In the early years the bees would be overwintered in the root root cellar under the house. They were transported on hay wagons and had to be wrapped very well to prevent bees from escaping. It was not unheard of for horses to be killed when a hive tipped over.
In 1923 Toni Mack, of Lumsden. John Hubbard, and Robert Hamilton organized the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association assisted by Hedley Auld who was then Deputy Minister of Agriculture. The first meeting was in a tent at the Regina Fair in August 1923. Between 1923 and 1926 Robert did inspection work for the Department of Agriculture in the Abernethy and Balcarres districts. In 1924 the family lived in Neudorf, SK. In 1938 Robert was giving lectures for the Department of Agriculture; as far away as Swift current, SK. In 1939 they moved to Aylsham, SK where he ran an 800 hive operation.
In 1946, Robert Hamilton, with the help of business partners Grant & Dunn, he started a packing line, packaging Northern Blossom Honey.
William I. Hamilton started Hamilton's Bee Ranch in Nipawin. SK. in 1954 , purchasing the bee outfit Clover Apiaries from Sarkisian & Craik.
Bob (Robert) & Bill both packed Northern Blossoms Brand honey from 1957-59; with the head office in Aylsham. Bob passed away in 1962.
In 1972 Bill & Kath started construction of their new plant northeast of Codette. They moved from Nipawin to Codette in 1979. Northern Blossoms wasn’t packed from 1972 – 1979 because of the increased work load of construction.
1978 – 1979 W. Robert Hamilton updated the Northern Blossoms design to include Metric, French, and UPC bar code labeling requirements. Rob currently operates 350 hives in the Codette area and continues to package Northern Blossoms Honey.
Andrew Hamilton moved to Regina, SK in 2008, & curently operates 64 hives. He is President of the Regina Bee Club & promotes beekeeping at the Regina Fair Booth. Andrew also mentors new beekeepers.