Many times, people assume that Honeyrun Farm is made up of two people: me and Isaac. But this couldn't be further from the truth. We could not make this business happen without the help of our workers, who also happen to be our friends. Isaac and I have never posted a "help wanted" ad. We prefer to hand-pick people we enjoy being around. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration- some of our workers have called us, and others have been recommended by friends, but for the most part, we have found people who share common interests and enjoy the type of work Honeyrun Farm can offer. Most of our employees are only here a few hours a week. We like this arrangement so that our workers' schedules can be flexible, we have a lot of folks trained in a variety of jobs, and they can all pitch in for big events like the Lithopolis Honeyfest.
This blog post is dedicated to all those that help keep Honeyrun runnin'...
She was our first employee and came to us as a babysitter over 5 years ago. I didn't really want to hire a babysitter, but Isaac did it behind my back (she was a student in his science class). After one day of having Libby here to watch the kids while I got things done, I wanted to know "When can you come again?" Libby now helps us at the Worthington Farmer's Market every other Saturday, and is a student at OSU.
|Libby and her boyfriend Henry also play|
music at the farmer's markets.
Julia was also one of Isaac's star pupils back when he taught Science at Westfall High School. When we first hired her, she labeled a lot of bottles, cleaned pollen, bottled honey, and did some babysitting. Julia is now in college, studying to be a pharmacist. Luckily, she comes back in the summer to help us in the honey house from time to time. Here she is cutting a fresh batch of soap, preparing it for curing.
We met Lafe through Isaac's aunt Sarah, and he began by helping us when we were remodeling our kitchen. It happened to be close to our busy time of year, preparing for the Lithopolis Honeyfest, so we pulled him into the honey house to help us label bottles. Now, Lafe is our main man when it comes to hard work. Lafe does it all and never complains one bit. Honeyrun couldn't do what it does without Lafe.
Maggie first came to us to learn about our business to prepare her for the State FFA competition. Her enthusiastic personality really shined through, and we hired her to help us at market and assist in the honey house. She makes many of the Honeyrun Farm lip balms and salves, and loves to share her knowledge of our products with customers at the North Market on Saturdays. Pictured below, she is modeling the Honeyrun Farm t-shirt- which will be for sale in our online store soon. Maggie will be a senior at Westfall High School this Fall.
|Petyn Scanlan holds up a full frame of honey, |
with our son Bridger
|Linda, our market nanny|
|Delinda Tonelotti smiles in the background|
Jeanne is Libby's mother, and we've pulled her in the honey house to become our chief pollen cleaner. As a retired teacher, she said she needed a hobby to pass the time. Pollen cleaning it is! Thanks Jeanne!
Jess is a former Honeyrun Farm customer that we turned into a customer service specialist. She helps out from time to time at the Worthington Farmer's Market. I look forward to our chats during market, and Jess has learned how to expertly answer the question- "What's the difference between Spring, Summer, and Fall honey?" Jessica and I met at market, but we were also both members of Etsy Team Columbus, and have a shared experience with craft shows and a love of all things Etsy.
|Left- Me, Right- Jessica Waldegar|
|Katie Massey wraps a beautiful batch of|