There are many different ways to raise bees and harvest honey. Each beekeeper has their own unique style of beekeeping and preparing honey. Below we describe what makes Dunsmore Honey special.

Homegrown honey from our farm

We sell honey straight from our homestead in rural New Braunfels, TX to you. We do not sell honey from other locations or producers. Our customers know exactly where the honey comes from – our homestead in the Texas Hill Country.

The beauty of honeycomb (in the Dunsmore Honey apiary). Photo credit: Pauline Stevens and Edible Magazine

Is pure, raw, and unfiltered

We only sell pure, raw, and unfiltered honey. The honey goes from the hives to the jar with minimal processing and no heat or pumping. We avoid methods used by larger honey companies which can adulterate the honey and remove or destroy the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics that give honey its great taste and medicinal value. Our raw honey is handled with great care to avoid contamination or defects. We never pasteurize, ultra-filter, or add anything to the honey when it is packaged. Read more about what the labels pure, raw, and unfiltered mean.

9 oz. glass jar of our Raw Pure Unfiltered Honey.

Is more than a sweetener…

It is medicinal food. Evidence is mounting that honey has several medicinal properties (i.e. antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, anti-tumor, and gastroprotective). Our honey was tested and observed to have biologically active compounds with “very strong” antibacterial activity. It was comparable to medical grade honey and performed well above raw honey purchased at local grocery stores. Read more about the study here.

A piece of honeycomb harvested from our hives. Photo credit: Pauline Stevens and Edible Magazine

Responsibly harvested

The health and well-being of the bee colonies is our main priority. When we harvest honey, we take only surplus honey from the hives and leave enough honey for each colony to stay healthy. Honey contains vital nutrients that bees need to thrive. When beekeepers remove too much honey at harvest time, they must feed the bees sugar syrup. As a result, bee colonies become malnourished, require chemical treatments to help with pest problems, and have lower survival rates in the long term. We raise healthy bee colonies that have the nutrition they need to combat pests and pathogens year after year.

We are chemical-free, treatment-free beekeepers

We do not chemically treat our hives. We never use pesticides, antibiotics, oils, or acids in the apiary. These chemicals are commonly used in the beekeeping industry to handle pest problems such as mites, hive beetles, and wax moths. Unfortunately, they can contaminate honey and wax, pollute the environment, and be harmful to bees and humans. We work hard to keep these chemicals out of our apiary and out of our products.

Nectar, pollen, and honeydew from the Texas Hill Country

Our bees forage in some of the most incredibly diverse and beautiful land in Texas. They are surrounded by hundreds of acres of native pasture and forest in the ecoregion known as Balcones Canyonlands. The apiary is located at our homestead in New Braunfels, Texas (outside city limits), west of I-35, by the intersection of Purgatory Rd. and 306.

Our honey can have a different color, aroma, taste, flavor, and texture each time we harvest. Which plants are abundant and preferred by the bees during nectar flow, affect the honey harvest. The sun, wind, rainfall, temperature, minerals, soil, and soil pH can affect the plants, thereby affecting honey harvest as well.

Below is an image of plants that we have located and identified within our bees’ forage zone. As you can see, there are several different kinds of herbaceous plants, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Our bees may collect nectar, honeydew, pollen, and propolis from a large variety of plants to make a rich and complex honey.

Flowering plants identified within a mile from our apiary.
Common nameGenus speciesFamily
Rusty BlackhawViburnum rufidulumAdoxaceae
Drummond’s Rain LilyZephyranthes drummondiiAmaryllidaceae
Drummond’s OnionAllium drummondiiAmaryllidaceae
Prairie Flameleaf SumacRhus lanceolataAnacardiaceae
Evergreen SumacRhus virensAnacardiaceae
Hackberry Petiole Gall PsyllidPachypsylla venustaAphalaridae
CorianderCoriandrum sativumApiaceae
Common Hedge ParsleyTorilis arvensisApiaceae
Prairie BishopBifora americanaApiaceae
DillAnethum graveolensApiaceae
Pearl MilkweedMatelea reticulataApocynaceae
AntelopehornsAsclepias asperula ssp. capricornuApocynaceae
Yaupon HollyIlex vomitoriaAquifoliaceae
Twisted-Leaf YuccaYucca rupicolaAsparagaceae
Buckley’s YuccaYucca constrictaAsparagaceae
Common DandelionTaraxacum officinaleAsteraceae
Woolly WhiteHymenopappus scabiosaeusAsteraceae
Santa Maria FeverfewParthenium hysterophorusAsteraceae
Engelmann DaisyEngelmannia peristeniaAsteraceae
Straggler DaisyCalyptocarpus vialisAsteraceae
Texas Skeleton PlantLygodesmia texanaAsteraceae
Stemmy Four-nerve DaisyTetraneuris scaposaAsteraceae
False DandelionPyrrhopappus pauciflorusAsteraceae
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaAsteraceae
Indian BlanketGaillardia pulchellaAsteraceae
White Rock-LettucePinaropappus roseusAsteraceae
Golden Wave TickseedCoreopsis basalisAsteraceae
Dotted Blazing StarLiatris punctata var. nebraskanaAsteraceae
Texas Creeping-OxeyeWedelia texanaAsteraceae
Texas ThistleCirsium texanumAsteraceae
Flathead Rabbit TobaccoDiaperia proliferaAsteraceae
Upright Prairie ConeflowerRatibida columniferaAsteraceae
Prickly SowthistleSonchus asperAsteraceae
AgaritaBerberis trifoliolataBerberidaceae
Blue CurlsPhacelia congestaBoraginaceae
BorageBorago officinalisBoraginaceae
Pasture HeliotropeEuploca tenellaBoraginaceae
Fringed PuccoonLithospermum incisumBoraginaceae
Texas Prickly-PearOpuntia engelmanniiCactaceae
Lace Hedgehog CactusEchinocereus reichenbachiiCactaceae
BluejacketTradescantia ohiensisCommelinaceae
False DayflowerTinantia anomalaCommelinaceae
Whitemouth DayflowerCommelina erectaCommelinaceae
False DayflowerTinantia anomalaCommelinaceae
Texas PersimmonDiospyros texanaEbenaceae
Texas StillingiaStillingia texanaEuphorbiaceae
Prairie TeaCroton monanthogynusEuphorbiaceae
Scarlet PeaIndigofera miniataFabaceae
Two-leaved SennaSenna roemerianaFabaceae
Lindheimer’s SennaSenna lindheimerianaFabaceae
Pink MimosaMimosa borealisFabaceae
Catclaw MimosaMimosa aculeaticarpaFabaceae
MesquiteProsopis julifloraFabaceae
Peacock FlowerCaesalpinia pulcherrimaFabaceae
Texas BluebonnetLupinus texensisFabaceae
Sensitive PlantsMimosaFabaceae
Escarpment Live OakQuercus fusiformisFagaceae
Lady Bird’s CentauryZeltnera texensisGentianaceae
Mountain PinkZeltnera beyrichiiGentianaceae
Texas Stork’s BillErodium texanumGeraniaceae
Carolina Crane’s-BillGeranium carolinianumGeraniaceae
Strict Blue-eyed GrassSisyrinchium montanumIridaceae
Prairie BurKrameria lanceolataKrameriaceae
Common ThymeThymus vulgarisLamiaceae
Autumn SageSalvia greggiiLamiaceae
Mealy SageSalvia farinaceaLamiaceae
Small SkullcapScutellaria parvulaLamiaceae
Lemon BeebalmMonarda citriodoraLamiaceae
Lilac Chaste TreeVitex agnus-castusLamiaceae
Slender HedeomaHedeoma acinoidesLamiaceae
Woolly HedgenettleStachys byzantinaLamiaceae
Berlandier’s Yellow FlaxLinum berlandieriLinaceae
PomegranatePunica granatumLythraceae
Chisos Mountains False IndianmallowAllowissadula holosericeaMalvaceae
Rose PavoniaPavonia lasiopetalaMalvaceae
Pineapple GuavaAcca sellowianaMyrtaceae
PinkladiesOenothera speciosaOnagraceae
Stemless Evening PrimroseOenothera trilobaOnagraceae
Texas PaintbrushCastilleja indivisaOrobanchaceae
Upright Yellow WoodsorrelOxalis strictaOxalidaceae
Splitleaf GiliaGiliastrum incisumPolemoniaceae
Shrubby MilkwortRhinotropis lindheimeriPolygalaceae
Coral BellsAntigonon leptopusPolygonaceae
Wild Blue LarkspurDelphinium carolinianumRanunculaceae
Common DewberryRubus flagellarisRosaceae
Common HoptreePtelea trifoliataRutaceae
Western SoapberrySapindus drummondiiSapindaceae
Texas SageLeucophyllum frutescensScrophulariaceae
Cedar ElmUlmus crassifoliaUlmaceae
Texas VervainVerbena haleiVerbenaceae
Dakota Mock VervainGlandularia bipinnatifidaVerbenaceae
Wild GrapesRhoicissusVitaceae
SorrelvineCissus trifoliataVitaceae
Identifying plants in the neighborhood.
Aerial view of the landscape at our location in the Texas Hill Country.