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Barley & Bees

The story of Barley & Bees is one of perseverance. The restaurant began in 2020 with the mission to bring authentic Southern food to OKC. Like many, it suffered due to COVID-19, and the team pivoted to a food truck to deliver handmade biscuits to local neighborhoods. Now, the restaurant operates out of Twisted Spike Brewery. Biscuits are still...

Nature’s Sugar

Lori Beth McDonald thinks honeybees are fascinating. She loves the taste of honey, is sold on its dietary benefits and enjoys creating food and skincare products from her 40 hives. It’s a win all around for the owner of Tulsa’s Okie Bee Farms, who started her business after she was laid off from an IT job.  Honey, McDonald says, is...

Honeycomb Hither

Oklahoma beekeepers wax poetically about the creatures under their stewardships. Dane Strickland, president of the Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, marvels at “how they achieve what they achieve” and he loves witnessing “the unity of the colony and the utmost devotion to their colony survival.” The finished product isn’t bad either. Strickland especially enjoys getting that first whiff of fresh honey after...