Quail Honey enters third generation with big product mix

By Erin Mairose, for SiouxFalls.Business

A family business entering its third generation has expanded its core product — honey — to offer a wide variety of gift items.

Orville Quail founded Quail Honey in the 1940s. The business is based in Brandt, with beehives across eastern South Dakota and Minnesota producing clover, buckwheat, raw and whipped honey, plus candies and lip balms.

Quail Honey’s products will be among those from 50 area makers for sale at the 605 Made Market, which will be Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lower-level parking garage of Cherapa Place in downtown Sioux Falls.

Jocelyn Ulvestad, a third-generation member of the family business who works as its event coordinator, said she’s excited for Quail Honey to sell at 605 Made for the first time.

Other Quail honey items coming to the market include a honey and goat’s milk lotion and fizzy honey bath balls, along with gift packages.

Ulvestad said compared to what can be found on many store shelves, raw honey is thicker and more flavorful as it comes straight from the hive. Varieties such as clover and buckwheat come from the different types of plants where honeybees collect nectar.

She added that honey makes good gifts for those “that are a little bit harder to buy for because usually you can find something to fit everyone.”

Quail Honey enters third generation with big product mix

A family business entering its third generation has expanded its core product — honey — to offer a wide variety of gift items.

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