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A Beesiness
Journey
Business is buzzing for Giofre Apiaries
by Katie Cassidy | kcassidy@ruralmissouri.coop

recipe. She combined Central Dairy ice cream mix, a mix of her own and all
natural flavors. "All of our ingredients, there's no artificial stuff. Bananas are
he astronaut-looking figure peeks into a stack of similarly styled wooden real bananas, peanut butter is really peanut butter," Domenik says.
The natural flavors consist of ingredients found from farms in Missouri,
boxes, "Listen here you bees." To keep up the morale, she continues to
communicate with them. "Hello bees, how are we doing today? Nice weath- neighbors and local food markets. Nancy started with three simple flavors:
chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, which she sold at the convenience store
er, isn't it?"
Nancy Giofre explores the inside of the boxes and pulls out a frame that down the street from her home. As the ice cream became more popular, Nancy
branched out and expanded her flavors and locations. She now sells more than
drips with honey. "Beautiful."
It's hard to make a living off of bees. At least that's the opinion of Nancy, 20 flavors at 43 different locations.
There are additional flavors ranging from bacon - in which she uses real
owner of Giofre Apiaries Honey Ice Cream. However, since starting the business
bacon from a friend - to their newest flavor, Strawberry Sorbet, a nondairy
in 2009, she's turned her part-time job into a sweet success.
option. The 43 locations include restaurants in Columbia, mid-Missouri
Bees were always just an interest of Nancy's, until a friend
convenience stores and grocery stores. Lucky's in Columbia has the largfrom Columbia asked her to take over their honey ice cream
est selection of their frozen treat.
business. As a full-time electrician, this seemed like an overAs the business expanded, Nancy needed more room. With the
whelming task. With a push from her friends, Nancy reluctantly
help of Domenik and a friend, she built a building purely for creatagreed and began her new business journey.
Millersburg
ing, storing and distributing the honey ice cream. It consists of a
After beekeeping part time for a few years, Nancy left her job
cold room, multiple freezers to store the ice cream and Nancy's
and decided to dedicate her full time to the bees. As the flavors and
beloved "honey room," where just the aroma can vouch for the
retail locations grew, so did the number of hives. Before the businame. The honey room is filled with large machines, a plethora
ness started, Nancy owned two or three hives. After eight years, the
of empty jars and samples of her newest products.
number has grown to 70 hives located throughout central Missouri,
Along with the ice cream being created in the honey room,
close to her home in Millersburg.
Nancy makes lotions, soaps and specialty products such as honWhile she takes care of most of the business, her husband, Domenik,
also lends a hand. Not always a big fan of bees, Domenik has fully immersed eystix and bee bread. The honeystix are a tasty way to try different flavors. They
himself in his wife's passion, overflowing with bee knowledge. He helps her on come in a variety of flavors depending on the sweetness and color of the honey.
the weekends distributing hives, taking care of the bees and offering samples Each pack is unique to each beekeeper, helping beekeepers like Nancy package
their original honey flavors.
of ice cream at events.
Her other specialized product, bee bread, is not only extremely beneficial for
The initial step of Nancy's journey was creating her original honey ice cream

T

Left: Nancy removes the beeswax with her specific hive tool while Domenik holds the frame of
the hive. Below: The bees work to fill the comb with honey.



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