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We are a family of beekeepers and adventurers who make and distribute products from the daily lives of bees.

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We love telling stories and are honored that you would want to be a part of them. This is a summary of our journeys, our adventures and how our lives and the lives of our bees intersect.

 

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Greeley's Winter Market

Kenneth-James Tencza

We love Greeley! Wow the Greeley Winter Market, what a great time!  

We love Greeley! Wow the Greeley Winter Market, what a great time!
 

We worked the Greeley Winter Market this past Saturday. We always love going to the Greeley markets because the patrons believe in Greeley and are excited about what we are doing. We usually end the day feeling inspired, excited and encouraged to continue to work and create and be.

 

What we didn’t expect about the Winter Market was that the venue itself would inspire us.

 

The Greeley Winter Market is held at the Garage Co-op on 1100 8th Avenue. The space pulls you into the artistic process. There are over a dozen artist’s rented studio spaces. We watched a college student begin her painting. She shared with us the piece she was working on and (bonus!) she taught us about an unknown feature in software we already use.

 

About halfway through the market a group of sleepy-eyed individuals began stretching and dancing ballet right next to us.

 

Lastly, at the entrance there was a coffee bar called KeyNote Coffee. And it wasn’t ordinary coffee. It is, as KJ’s refined palate declared, “possibly the best coffee in Greeley.”

 

Two of our favorite in person connections happened this past week: meeting new supporters and old fans. It is so fun to meet new people each market that follow us online and have now decided to try out our products. We are so grateful that others see the incredible value in bees and want to support them and us.

 

We also love it when our online customers come to markets and we finally get to meet them! It is rewarding to know you and your feedback to help us serve you even better.

 

 

So much of what we love about the other vendors and our supporters at the market is that we get to see their passions, enjoy them and encourage them as they encourage us. This venue took the experience up another notch as our surroundings reminded us of the importance of working in community and inspired us by the joy of being in the presence of artists devoted to their craft.

Click the image below to scroll some of our favorite pictures of the Winter Market :)

What is Illuman Apiary?

Kenneth-James Tencza


What would it look like to see the sacred in the most mundane of tasks? What would it mean to find life in the dark places and find breath in the sound of nothing? How much life could be inspired within us and those around us if we practiced the lost art of mindfulness and began to appreciate the simple in the complex? What if life was more about preparing our hearts for something small rather than striving for something big? What are the daily tasks that make you feel alive, human and purposeful?

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