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Pacific Crest Apiaries offers a wide range of honey, beeswax candles

Modified: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

Dana Mumm, co-owner of Pacific Crest Apiaries in Watsonville, shows a block of beeswax and other products Thursday. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian).

(Editor's note: This is another in a series of stories
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WATSONVILLE — At the end of a quiet country lane on the outskirts of Watsonville is Pacific Crest Apiaries honey farm and gift store, where you can find local, hand-processed honey — from honeybees right on the premises — and an assortment of hand-crafted pure beeswax candles.

Experienced beekeepers and owners Ed and Dana Mumm take great care to create a congenial, cozy place where you can take your time, relishing in the country air fragranced with the sweet smell of beeswax, while you peruse shelves stocked with unique gift items from honey soaps and lotions to specialty teas, crafts and toys.

In a second outbuilding, Dana Mumm has set up an observation hive and covered the walls with posters detailing the honey process for visitors, beekeeping students and local children who come during the school year on field trips.

Mumm also handcrafts pure beeswax candles. Candles in the shape of flowers and tooled in intricate designs are both functional and beautiful.

“Once you try a beeswax candle, you never go back to anything else,” Mumm said, noting their long life compared to traditional wax candles.

For the Mumms, beekeeping is a way of life — Ed has been keeping bees for more than 60 years and Dana 20.

She said they keep “more or less” 100 hives, and during the winter, the honeybees — if properly cared for — can live for up to three months, compared to the average of 26 days for springtime worker bees.

“There are not many bees now. When it is cold they do not fly a lot,” Mumm said.

For the complete article see the 01-05-2013 issue.

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