Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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Dear VBA members,

The VBA Tunbridge Fair Committee is again soliciting honey (and other bee-related products)  to be sold at Tunbridge. 
This activity is the largest annual fund-raiser for the VBA.  To make this process both fair and simple, we have a few guidelines for your submissions: 

  • You must be a current member of the VBA.
  • Wherever possible your containers should be of standard  commercial variety and sizes,  such as Queenline jars,  NOT Mason jars or the like.
  • The name, address and contents weight must be shown on all containers.
  • Write out the retail price which you want for each size  container, and the VBA will subtract 40% from all products sold.   Retail prices should be in dollars & increments of 25 cents, such as :  $ 7.25, $7.50, $7.75. $8.00.  You must submit an invoice with the number of containers you hope to sell.

The price you set is wholly at your discretion, but remember, this is the Tunbridge World's Fair, not a high-end grocery store.
An example from last year was that almost all one--pound jars were priced at  $8.00 with VBA keeping $3.20 and the beekeeper receiving $4.80.

Ways to get your product to Tunbridge:
      A.  Go directly  to the Fair  Wednesday morning Sept. 13 at the Dodge-Gilman  Building between  9-12;
      B.   To Bill or Chas  Mraz at Champlain Valley Apiaries in MIddlebury  on or before Tuesday Sept. 12     802-388-7724 <>
      C.   To Bill Mares in Burlington.  802-863-4938,  <> by Tuesday  September 12.

Honey may
NOT be delivered during the Fair itself,  Sept. 14-17, even if you are volunteering in the VBA booth.  
Your unsold honey will be returned to the place where you delivered it.  ( Please plan to pick it up as soon as possible. ) The VBA Treasurer will mail you a check for your portion of the sales.. 

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Mares 598-6226
Thanks,  Bill Mares and Mary Stoddard