Online Shop Coming Soon

We’re working to get our most popular products online for your convenience. Local customers are encouraged to stop by the farm by appointment. If there is enough interest we’ll choose a day and time to bring orders to Harrisonburg.

The Occasional Blogger

Scroll down to find recent blog entries covering anything from foraging for herbs to working in the hives to making products.

About Us

We work a small holding in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where we raise bees, grow herbs, and make things.

We do not use antibiotics or other chemical treatments in our hives, we do not use sprays in our garden or crops.

Building

We are currently building a little shop to go with our little blog. As with most things, we are doing this ourselves and it may take a week or two to have everything right as rain. We've investigated different ways to get to where we want to be and decided that, with...

Cicada: An Abundant Food Source

Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus) Alexander and Moore wrote in 1962, "The periodical cicadas make up a truly amazing group of animals; since their discovery 300 years ago, the origin and significance of their extended life cycles have been a continual source of...

First Swarm of the Season…

on April Fools Day!  That's quite early for our area.  It must be a joke.  Here is a short video for you about the Waggle Dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioRT8cTfyVM&feature=youtu.be  

Healing Herbal Seminar with Matthew Wood

I had never looked at the Martin’s bulletin board until recently when I found a flier for Matthew Wood's Healing Herbal Seminar at Wholistic Wisdom in Harrisonburg. I was thrilled to find such an offering so close to home, with Matthew Wood no less, and top it all off...

Bucket o’ Bees

It's swarm season here at Pure & Simple, and anywhere you find bees, really. In a nutshell, a queen will leave with about half of the hive's population as a means of increasing the overall bee population. Scout bees go out from the hive to find a suitable location...

Get Fresh!

As part of the Go Local Film Series, FRESH will be showing at the Court Square Theater on May 23. This is a free showing, however, donations are accepted at the door if you're inclined. Light appetizers will be served at 6 by The Local Chop and Grill...

One Mighty Reason to Stop Topping

Here is a Red Oak (Quercus rubra) in our front yard. It would be a regal beauty today had it not been topped years ago, causing unnatural growth above the cut and making it top heavy. The multiple cuts opened the tree up to rot and the regrowth was weaker than its...

Friday Forage: Strawberry

Strawberry (this bed is mostly Fragaria × ananassa). This is one of many plants in bloom right now. I chose to feature strawberry because we grow a few varieties on our property, pollinators like them and they provide wonderful food for humans, too. The strawberry is...

Calendula & Tea Tree Soap

Soap making is one of our activities here and a great outlet for creativity because there are many different ingredients that can be used. Plus, after all the fun, there is a tangible and useful item in my hot little hands. Sometimes having a short term project that...

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a fabulous time of year for us. Not only is the landscape greening, but this is when Stuart can really get into the hives to see which ones have made it through the winter, which might be weakened or strong enough to breed, and how many we have lost overall....

Go Local Film Series Kick-off

Last night we attended a viewing of Queen of the Sun at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. The movie came to the attention of our Market Manager, Josie, and quickly turned from a single event to the Go Local Film Series. We were a sponsor for this opening film...