Buzzed Bee Meadery is featured in the Iowa Tourism Office’s Made in Iowa traveliowa.com/madeiniowa promotion which showcases several Iowa craftspeople and locations where people can create their own works of art.
“Iowa has so many amazing artisan businesses. We are honored to be featured in the new MadeIn Iowa promotion where we are able to showcase mead production in Iowa,” said Wayne and Michelle Spohnheimer
A video series highlights the campaign and features the Amana Woolen Mill in Amana, Buzzed Bee Meadery in Melbourne, Frisian Farms in Leighton, Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas and Mississippi River Distilling Company in Le Claire.
For travelers inclined to DIY, the website highlights these destinations where people can participate in a variety of arts classes including copper repousse,woodworking, cooking international cuisine and chair caning.
• Legacy Learning Center in Webster City
• RVP~ 1875 in Jefferson
• Three Pines Farm in Cedar Falls
• Villages of Van Buren Folk School in Van Buren County
Other content on the site includes information about special events such as Sew Iowa, farm-to-table dinner experiences, Iowa restaurants and Iowa gifts and souvenirs.
“Small businesses are central to Iowa’s economic vitality,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “These Iowa artisans are essentially small business owners, and we are excited to connect them with visitors who are looking for authentic experiences and products that genuinely represent our state and its people.”
About the artisans:
• The Amana Woolen Mill in Amana is Iowa’s oldest operating woolen mill, dating back to the start of the Amana Colonies in 1855.
• Buzzed Bee Meadery is Iowa’s first Meadery, making mead (or honey wine) from Iowa honey and other Iowa-grown ingredients.
• Frisian Farms blends the Bandstra family’s Dutch ancestry with their history of dairy farming to make small-batch, artisanal gouda cheese.
• Leonard Olson turns wood into kaleidoscopes and other toys at The Kaleidoscope Factory.
• Mississippi River Distilling Company uses grains from within 25 miles of the distillery in their spirits.