At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like Lesley Malone of County Bee in Clever, MO!
About Country Bee: Lesley Malone and her family are best known around Farmers Market of the Ozarks for their amazing honey donuts. Customers doing their shopping while munching on a chocolate, vanilla, or seasonally flavored donut is a common sight – especially since Country Bee’s honey donuts pair perfectly with a cup of coffee from Keen Bean Coffee Roasters! There’s a reason those donuts taste so good – local honey from Lesley’s family farm!
While Lesley may be a professional beekeeper, she didn’t always love bees. She admits that she was frightened of bees, but felt that the best way to conquer her fear was to jump right in and get to know them. Today, Lesley has around a dozen hives, and she extracts the honey and beeswax for use in her products.
All of the great products brought to you by Country Bee – donuts, honey caramel apples, soaps, lotions, shaving products for men and more – are produced in a renovated kitchen building just up the road from Lesley’s farm at her mother’s home. Lesley renovated the kitchen herself and fondly refers to it as ‘ Building Bee.’
Country Bee can be found at market most Saturdays – be sure to grab one of their tasty honey donuts for breakfast, and watch for new products from Lesley – she is always thinking up something new!
Products: Honey donuts, honey caramel apples (seasonally), pure honey, honey sticks, honey and beeswax body care products including soap, lotion, hand cream and more