Red Roof Farms

Red Roof Farms is a family of Registered Florida Beekeepers. Their hives are inspected annually by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry for Best Management Practices. They are located in North Lakeland and do honey production, bee rescues, limited crop pollination as well as presentations to educate students in local schools on the importance of the survival of the honey bees and the role that they play in the pollination of crops to sustain the food chain.

The owners are members of both the Ridge Beekeepers Association, which meets in Bartow, FL, and the Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association, which meets in Seffner, FL.

Their honey is all local and unprocessed. Unprocessed honey provides more flavor and nutrition than processed honey, which is pasteurized, frequently “watered down” with corn syrup or sugar water, ultra-filtered, and often comes from unknown sources.

Stop by their booth at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and taste their honey. The variety of honey flavors they have depends on the types of plants the bees have visited and pollinated, the season, the weather etc. They do not add anything to their honey for flavor, color, consistency or for a claimed medicinal value. They say, “Our honey is 100% natural, just like the bees that bring it to us.”

Customers can schedule a visit to their farm by calling ahead or emailing them. “Bee happy and have a honey of a day!!”

Vendor Names: James and Jeannie Crauswell, Alecia Folsom, Michele Ploughman
Location: Lakeland, FL
Phone Number: 863-812-6201

Vendor FAQs:

How long have you been in business? 3 years.

How did you get started? A family member was a beekeeper.

What kind of products or services do you offer? Beekeeping, Local Honey, Wax, Honey Sticks, Bee Rescue/Removal, Pollination, School Presentations.

Personally, what’s your favorite product or service? Bee Rescue/Removal and Honey!

What’s one thing your customers might not know about you personally? We are native Floridians who spent 24 years touring the world and serving our country in military service. We are happy to be back in Florida permanently because we love the weather and we love being part of the community.

What’s the best part about being at the Market? Being part of the community and meeting our neighbors.

What is one thing that you plan to do in the future? Help educate people about the importance of bees and their role in our food supply.