Ben Lanier-Someone You Should Know

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Bees, snakes, and spiders....You won't find many people that like them.

But one North Florida man makes his living off the bees and the honey that comes from it.

And this one man crew is keeping the family business alive, one bee at a time...Ben Lanier is someone you should know.

Drivers entering Wewahitchka are greeted with a sign that says Tupelo Honey, Lanier and Son. This is "son". Meet Ben Lanier. His job is for the bees, and bees is all Ben has ever known.

"I've never done anything else. I've always made it on my own. I've never punched a clock."

Nor did his father or grandfather who started making honey in 1898.

While some of his friends were playing ball, Ben was helping the family business, growing bees, making Tupelo honey, and sometimes, taking one for the team.

"I remember being stung on the lip when I was about two."

"They are real good creatures, it's not because of the honey. That one there was mad. He was stinging me, trying to at least."

Ben's job is in the field. He grows the bees, and then the honey is made... that's when Ben's honey Glynnis goes to work. She packs and ships. The sweet taste of Tupelo honey all across the country.

The bees aren't for everyone, but they are for Ben Lanier who's never had a fear of bees, because without them, his life wouldn't be as sweet.

"It's all up to the handler. It's like handling tigers. If you do things right, they don't bother you."


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