Grampa's Gourmet

Homemade Organic Honey

Alamosa, Colorado 81101

719-588-5863 | Visit Website

Brent Edelen is a sixth generation beekeeper and a fourth generation domestic beekeeper. “My great grandfather, Edward Haefeli, passed through Elis Island around the turn of the former century. On his way from Switzerland, he had come to America to seek work and medical help for Tuberculosis. He made his way to Illinois, where he had family, but found the high humidity of the area aggravated his T.B. He continued west towards California. While crossing the Rockies he found the high dry mountain air helped this condition considerably. He eventually settled in the San Luis Valley.”

Today Brent manages about 500 colonies of bees. They have two brand names for their company: Grampa’s Gourmet and Simply Honey. They strive to produce real varietal honey for real people and educate people about the ins and outs of honey making. They also bring an extremely high quality honey product to the market. I asked them if there is a difference between locally produced hone and something commercially produced. Brent replied, “You have to be careful and understand the source. Sometimes when you buy honey in the store you do not know exactly what you are getting. I have been in business in Alamosa now for about 10 years, selling honey exclusively wholesale and at various venues. This year, through acts of fate, we opened a retail location. The SBDC guided Brent in the new retail venture, with assistance from marketing to sales tax and much more.

They strive to produce real varietal honey for real people and educate people about the ins and outs of honey making. They also bring an extremely high quality honey product to the market.

The store is not just to sell honey, but rather to help educate. The popularity of bees has exploded, and our goal is to provide a platform where people can come and learn about honey, bees, and most importantly heritage, sustainability, and showcase what makes the San Luis Valley so special.”

At Brent’s location in east Alamosa (across from the Southway Crane, one mile east of the bridge), Karen Lemke will be using part of the building to offer Honey Lab Workshops, where participants can make their own beeswax lip balm, candles, cooking techniques and much more.


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