About Us

WV Widerness - in the making

Our names are Rick and Phyllis Varian and our journey into beekeeping began with a family member having bees.  This hobby started with two hives.  After the second year our little hobby began to grow, almost immediately, as neighbors and friends, wanted local honey for allergies and replacing white sugar in their recipes.

Before we knew it, we had 10 hives and then 18 hives then 24 to keep up with the demand for our honey.  This eventually grew to over 34 hives. Now we have 92.  We have moved on from only having honey from our bees to selling nucs and hopefully Queens.  We keep our bees as natural as possible in our treatments. We live in the mountains of West Virginia on a 20 acre retired farm which is surrounded by National Forest and Dolly Sods Wilderness. Our bees travel all over Dolly Sods and we have had hikers tell us they have seen honeybees while on the trail.   

Our success is deeply rooted in offering outstanding customer service, we also enjoy mentoring others. We purchase only materials made in the USA.

2017 Nucs

These are double nucs. The top box is being used at this point to hold our feeders. We keep them in these boxes until we have close to 10 frames pulled out . Then we move them into deeps.

Can you see the eggs?

This is freshly laid eggs on black foundation. 

A Sneak Peek of our products

1lb and 2lb Jar Honey

1lb Jar $10.00

2lb. Jar $16.00

Quart Jar Honey

Quart Jar $20.00

GREAT Gift Ideas

These fancy jars make "SWEET" gifts

Spinning out Honey

This is a picture of our spinner full of frames of honey ready to fill the jars.

Feeding a Honeybee

Feeding one of our lovely ladies

We Ship

We can ship. Send my your zip code and I can send you the amount.


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

WV Wilderness Apiaries

(304) 940-2330 (304)-866-2100


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed - but you can call

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