Who We Are / Company History


We are a Central Iowa beekeeping supplies and equipment for sale company located in scenic Madison County, about 45 minutes southwest of Des Moines. The state of Iowa sits right between the Mississippi River Valley & the Missouri River Valley. Madison County Iowa is where the famous Bridges of Madison County are located. East Peru is home to the first original Delicious Apple Tree and is 15 minutes southeast of Winterset Iowa. Each year on the second weekend of October, Winterset hosts the Covered Bridge Festival, and it is also the birthplace of John Wayne. There are a lot of interesting things to see around Winterset Iowa and around East Peru Iowa! Here at Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC, we are committed to serving the beekeeping world and supplying quality products at competitive prices, as well as offering free shipping on most orders over $100 to the Continental United States.

Many new beekeepers ask, where can I buy live honey bees and packaged honey bees or a honey bee nuc for starting a new bee hive? How to start beekeeping? Where can I buy a bee hive? We have you covered! We sell all of the supplies that you need to begin beekeeping, and we also sell free shipped Italian, Carniolan and Saskatraz queen honey bees to beekeepers all around the United States during the spring and summer months. We also have tons of beekeeping 101 knowledge to teach you how to raise bees and get you on your path to successful beekeeping!

When you place your first order with us, you will automatically be enrolled in our Colony Cash Rewards Program, where you will earn 3.2% back on each order you place with us. Credits will be applied to your next order with us automatically! In addition to our Colony Cash Rewards Program, we also offer weekly sales and specials!

Regardless if you are a beginning beekeeper, or an experienced commercial beekeeper, or anything in between, we have the beekeeping supplies for you! Choose from starter beekeeping kits; bee hives; bee suits; winter beekeeping supplies and winter hive wraps; pure 100% beeswax; unassembled bee hive boxes and frames; medications, bee feed and pest control to help keep your honey bees happy and healthy; honey extractors and honey extracting supplies; a full line of glass honey bottles and jars and plastic honey containers; and custom honey labels. We are also constantly adding to our extensive line of beekeeping equipment and supplies! We are also producers of some of the best tasting sweet local raw Iowa Honey around!


Our History

The Lappe family got its start in beekeeping in 1978 when Kenny Lappe Sr. retrieved a swarm from inside a farmhouse wall. He discovered a deep interest with honey bees from that one hive and over the next few years he increased the number of colonies and began his commercial beekeeping operation. In 2009 Kenny Sr. retired and Kenny Jr. took over the business, keeping bees for honey production. In 2015 we expanded our business to become Lappe’s Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC and started selling beekeeping equipment and supplies. We manufacture and build all of our bee hives and woodenware at our location in East Peru Iowa. We are dedicated to helping beekeepers begin their beekeeping journey in every way that we can so that they get into the fast lane to becoming a successful and happy beekeeper! For additional help, please contact us.


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