Story by JESSICA PEARCE
Tex Appeal Magazine
On an unseasonably warm, bright day in February, Jonathan Walker, a beekeeper at Walker Honey Farm, holds out an active, open bee hive for inspection with ungloved hands.
Thousands of bees crawl industriously, carrying out their various functions while swarming around one large bee with a bright green dot on her thorax. The queen bee, so marked by her keepers, weaves in and out of the swarm, laying eggs at random while curious onlookers observe. Worker bees carry bright red and yellow pollen on their tiny legs, ready to pack the honeycomb with progress. A hive cell, dormant just seconds before, begins caving in as a new bee gradually pokes through and emerges into the open air. The bees, heedless of their human bystanders, continue life as they know it, all the while suspended aloft for a closer examination. Their headway in the most unlikely of circumstances is a microcosm of the environment at Walker Honey Farm itself.
At first glance, the property at Walker Honey Farm in the small town of Rogers lies dormant, two lone buildings and a bright red food truck against the wind. A bare gridwork of stakes and trellises covers an acre, sheltering plant roots in the dark earth.
Entering the Walker Honey Farm Store, the Spartan outdoor façade gives way to an entirely different atmosphere. Inside, the scent of honey permeates the air, complementing golden-colored walls and cheerful artwork of dancing bees. The store houses an amalgam of good things, with a mead and wine-tasting bar on one side and a honey-tasting stand on the other. In the back lie giant barrels of honey for those who bring in their own bottles to refill.
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