The Angry Bee At Mikells Farm HoneyBlock Number: 225
QUILT BLOCK #225: ‘THE ANGRY BEE AT MIKELL’S FARM HONEY”
Doug and Sharry Mikell are North Carolina Certified Beekeepers residing in Old Fort bordering on the Pisgah National Forest. On May 5, 2017 a 2 x 2 foot quilt block was installed on their home by volunteer Mike Lucas and they were presented a Certificate of Authenticity by Chairwoman Jill Lucas.
Doug is a retired career firefighter with family roots in Western North Carolina and is the main beekeeper, practicing organic methods for their raw honey. Their Sourwood honey, which is only found in the Appalachian area, has won two international contests. Raw honey possesses health benefits and components that the processed product does not. It is pure and natural with minimal straining and no pasteurization (unheated).
When the bees aren’t out in the Pisgah Forest there is also an organic garden in their habitat with several flower varieties to keep them busy. Sharry uses the beeswax, along with other natural and organic ingredients with no artificial flavorings, fragrances or colors, to carry her line of “Bee Naturally by Sharry” beauty products. Her wide variety of handmade products are available from their home, online at www.mikellsfarmhoney.com and at a few local shops like the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor’s Center, Folk Art Center and the McDowell Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center to name a few.
The Angry Bee block has the letter “M” incorporated in the design for Mikell and is in the color red honoring Doug’s retirement as a fireman. The mountains behind the bee represent the adjoining Pisgah National Forest which supplies much of the bees forage. The block is fun to look at and perfect for the bee farm and store front although Sharry says that “the Angry Bee is Doug’s persona”.