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Meet Pontus Jakobsson of Bjorn’s Colorado Honey in Boulder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pontus Jakobsson.

Pontus, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We are small batch honey producers based in Boulder, Colorado. Pontus, our beekeeper, grew up in Sweden and learned the practice from his grandfather Björn; the company namesake. When Pontus moved to Colorado to marry his wife, Lara, he realized he better get some honeybees!

Today, the focus of Björn’s Colorado Honey is to provide top-quality local honey produced in our Swedish family tradition. It can be said that Swedes typically enjoy their honey crystallized as this version is smooth, spreadable, and possesses a texture that is not too thick.

Pontus, our beekeeper, has worked hard over the last six years to build up hive yards on private land and organic farms in the Boulder County and Denver area. We now have nine hive yards in Boulder County and three in Denver (one in Cherry Hills, one in Cherry Creek North and one in Southeast Denver). These hive yards contain over one hundred colonies and allow us to source honey from the Boulder/Denver metro area, which is important to customers looking for truly local honey.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest struggle for us and almost all beekeepers is keeping our hives healthy. Pontus is able to rely on his family in Sweden, who keep bees as well when he needs to brainstorm solutions to issues that arise. He also never moves his hives for pollination, instead, opting to keep them in permanent hive yards. This helps keep the spread of disease down and allows his hives to get strong and established.

He also believes in treating for varroa mites, a huge health issue for hives throughout North America and Europe. He subscribes to the beekeeping ideology that if all beekeepers treat for varroa in accordance with best practices, varroa mites would be less of an issue for all of us. Healthy hives not only produce more honey they also help pollinate local crops and open space making the whole ecosystem stronger.

Please tell us about Bjorn’s Colorado Honey.
We offer three types of honey, Traditional, Whipped, and Propolis. All three types are made from Colorado, front range wildflower and clover honey. We also have a selection of seasonal products including Untouched Honey, Honeycomb in boxes and an organic Lavender Infused Honey.

The Propolis Honey is our most popular product. By blending Colorado honey with high-quality propolis extract, we boost honey’s health benefits. Propolis, an age-old remedy made by the bees from tree and plant resins, is known to bolster the immune system and contains antifungal and antibacterial properties. Björn’s Colorado Honey is the only producer in the USA that sells a propolis version, meant for people who eat honey to stay healthy. Propolis honey was created by Pontus’ father Torbjörn in Sweden and it quickly became a hit. When Pontus moved to Colorado, he couldn’t resist whipping up his own batch.

We have also recently developed a line of hemp honey. By blending our raw whipped honey with organically grown full spectrum hemp extract from the Colorado eastern plains, we have created a CBD Honey that’s delicious in taste and rich in cannabinoids but is non-psychoactive because it contains no THC.

We also sell bee-based skincare. The products leverage the wonders of honeybees from beeswax to propolis and of course, honey.

We love being Colorado beekeepers and pride ourselves in our handcrafted honey and bee-based products!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Buy a tapping machine! In the beginning, we were tapping all our honey jars by hand and needless to say, it was hard and time-consuming. Now we are able to tap using our machine which allows us to have more time for fun stuff like developing seasonal products, making informational beekeeping videos and of course, hanging out with our bees!

Pricing:

  • Our Traditional Honey comes in a one pound jars and costs $13
  • Our Raw Whipped Honey is $16
  • Our Propolis Honey is $29

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Image Credit:
Lara Boudreaux

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