As if we needed further evidence that beekeeping is chic, look what we found tucked into the new Williams-Sonoma catalog: Among the overpriced cookie mixes and highly specialized kitchen gadgets is an all-in-one starter beekeeping kit. Doesn’t it look gorgeous! All you need is a credit card, a plot of land (or rooftop!) where beekeeping is allowed and you’re in the honey business. It comes with three, eight-frame behive boxes, beekeepers gear and clothing, a smoker, hive tools — everything you need. Except of course, bees. What’s nice about this hive is that it is stained wood with a copper-colored aluminum peaked roof. It’s a lot prettier than most out-of the box beekeeping kits. But is that aesthetic choice worth the $500 price? We got our gear (and bees!) from BetterBee.com, where a similar kit is only about $300.
To learn more about about our previous adventures in beekeeping see this post.