Phil Ebert began Ebert Honey in 1980 with less than ten colonies in the backyard of his home near Fairfield, Iowa. At the time, one five-gallon bucket of honey seemed like a large amount. Once the honey was bottled, it was mainly sold from the house. What started out as a hobby later grew into a family business. Over the years, all four of Phil’s sons worked in the honey business as they grew up. Currently Phil and two sons, Adam and Alex, continue to build the business.
Today, Ebert Honey is centered around locations in Lynnville and Mount Vernon, Iowa. They produce around 100,000 pounds of honey per year, and the beehives no longer fit in the backyard. Their original steel building went up in 1996 to allow them to process, bottle, and store the honey. They gradually increased the number of hives as they increased honey production and sales. The five-gallon bucket increased to tens of thousands of pounds of honey sold annually. Most of the honey is sold directly to grocery stores, bakeries, breweries, and restaurants throughout central and eastern Iowa.
Mount Vernon, Iowa