Beekeeper Gayle Prevatt has carefully located her apiaries in the pesticide-free environments of natural marshland, citrus grove and wildflower meadows of St. Augustine. The bee hives are kept in place year round to provide the honeybees with a variety of healthy, natural plant life for forage. They then produce honeys from such floral sources as blueberry, orange blossom, palmetto with gallberry, and seasonal wildflowers. Gayle extracts her honey from the comb by hand and never heats or treats it in any way, in order to preserve its wholesomeness and complex flavors.
Gayle is a sideline beekeeper, who is also participating in the University of Florida’s Master Beekeeping Program. In addition, she is a member of the St. Johns County Beekeepers Association and Slow Food First Coast.
You can purchase her honey from the cabinet on the front porch of the honey house, a little building located just inside the gate to the right, tucked under some trees. Located at 120 W. Genung Street, the honey is available seasonally. John Bouvier’s Maps and Prints on Aviles Street and the Present Moment Cafe on West King Street, both of St. Augustine also carry her honey. Chef Scotty of 29 South Restaurant, Fernandina Beach, often features her honey on his menu.
For more in depth information, Gayle’s beekeeping is featured in the June 2014 issue of First Coast Magazine in an article “Fresh Local Flavor, the Art of Beekeeping” by editor Nan Kavanaugh.
Contact: 120 West Genung Street
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Hours: Best to Call