I had the pleasure of meeting Rachael Messner during my latest adventure at the March 2016 First Friday in the Crossroads Arts District. She and her husband Erik started Messner Family Farm almost six years ago. Among the many amazing products they sell are their bee cosmetics.
As Rachael put it, she’s the artist and Erik is the muscle. She comes from a background in marketing and consulting, that she left to pursue her dreams of creating a more sustainable lifestyle with Erik and their son. Erik is an engineer and the main beekeeper on Messner Family Farm. They became interested in gardening in 2008. Once the garden expanded they started to incorporate more crafts and hobbies centering around their beliefs in good stewardship, hard work, and sustainable living.
How They Became Beekeepers
Erik has severe allergies and wanted to use local honey as a treatment. The idea that local honey can prevent allergies is based on a concept called immunotherapy. Pollen is one of the most common allergens and of course it is found in honey. By eating increasingly larger amounts of pollen filled honey a person will become less sensitive to it. The result is a naturally developed immunity to pollen.
Meanwhile, on their honeymoon, Rachael read a book about homesteading that inspired her to keep bees. They asked Erik’s grandparents for a hive for Christmas in 2012 and the rest is history! Of the five hives they now have, four were funded completely by Messner Family Farm campaigns on Kickstarter.
The apothecary goods Erik and Rachael make include lip balm, mustache wax, insect repellent, and solid perfumes. All of the Messner Family Farm beeswax products are all natural, and most of the ingredients are organic. They use their own beeswax and beeswax from other Kansas City beekeepers. Since their bees are located in the city they aren’t certified organic. However Erik and Rachael don’t treat them with any chemicals and the bees are kept naturally.
More Messner Family Farm Awesomeness
Messner Family Farm also produces ceramics, soaps, and more. As if all that bee greatness wasn’t enough! For the ceramics, Erik makes the pottery and Rachael molds jewelry, soap dishes and other small items. Rachael says the earrings are her favorite items to make. Each pair is a one-of-a-kind expression of her creativity. The soap dishes are designed especially for their bars of soap.
Speaking of soap… Erik and Rachael make lard based soap using locally sourced lard from animals and beeswax from their bees. To make the soap they use the old-fashioned cold process method.The recipe is simple and natural. Rachael says Messner Family Farm soap bars lather well and last a long time because of the oils they choose and the ratio of lard.
Where To Buy Messner Family Farm Products
The Messner Family Farm online shop features all of their latest products. When you visit the website also check out the library section for cool information on homesteading, gardening, keeping chickens, and of course beekeeping.
Their products can be found at multiple local shops across Kansas City. Click HERE for a list. You’ll also be able to purchase items at several upcoming events in Kansas City. Look for Messner Family Farm at Crafts and Drafts on March 26, To Tanzania, With Love, KC on April 1 and 2nd, Eat Local & Organic Expo on April 2, and Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair on April 30 and May 1. They also have a pop-up shop every First Friday in Archival Designs, located at 2014 Main Street.
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