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The Clovermead Story
Meet the Hiemstra family…
Honey is in our blood! Chris is a third generation beekeeper! His grandfather kept beehives in the Netherlands and passed the love of beekeeping onto his six sons. Chris’ father, Henry, in 1975, began selling honey in the garage behind his house and named his operation Clovermead Apiaries.
In 1987 Henry and Ann moved and restored an old log cabin (1852) on their farm, which is the home for the Honey Shop you enjoy today.
Chris and Christy bought the business in 2000 taking on the family tradition of restoring and re-using antique buildings and barns. Over the years, Chris and Christy have dragged home and restored corn cribs, pig houses and even the Brownsville train station and antique outhouses!
Now the fourth generation of the Hiemstra family is being raised with a love for bees and joins each summer in the construction and operation, coming up with fun ideas and things to do at Clovermead.
Recently our family has struggled with the death of our youngest son, Jordan, who ended his life at 17. We strongly believe that healthy families are the foundation of Canadian society, multi-generational play and shared experiences are essential to healthy relationships and healing from brokenness.
We invite you to experience the love and efforts that our family and staff have poured into Clovermead over the years, we trust you will feel blessed by your visit and time playing here together.
Our team of staff is UN-beelievable, they are an extension of our family and they are ready to ensure you enjoy your time here.
Each year, we try to offer something new and engaging… so
if you have any suggestions, please let us know.