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Growing up on his family’s farm in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Zeke Freeman gained an appreciation for homegrown fruits and vegetables and the rich heritage of artisanal food production. As an adult, he turned his passion for preparing food for family and friends into a full-time pursuit of the culinary arts.
In 1989, Zeke enrolled in the University of Montana’s School of Food Management & Culinary Arts. After earning his degree, he went to France to continue his education at the Hotel School of Grenoble. Upon graduation, he worked at Louis XV under the direction of Alain Ducasse, a highly acclaimed chef known for his unique interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine
After 2 years, Zeke moved back to the States and began working as a buyer for Dean & DeLuca in New York City. In his pursuit of fine foods for the upscale retailer, Freeman discovered Beehive Bee Products, Inc., a small start up with an idea to sell single-floral varietal honeys.
Working as an advisor, Zeke repackaged Beehive’s honeys in clear, retro- inspired glass jars, earning recognition in Metropolitan Home’s Top 100.
In 2005, Zeke acquired majority ownership of Beehive Bee Products, re- launched the company as Bee Raw Honey, and expanded to become an Oprah, New York Times, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart Living-celebrated product line that is sold in some of the finest shops across the country.
Today, Bee Raw is more than a honey company, it is a way of life. Zeke has created a simple, beautiful line of the highest quality products and experiences, and the recipes and pairings to bring them to life.
Additionally, Zeke actively promotes the importance of American family-owned apiaries and works to educate the public about beekeeping and its vital role in agriculture. Freeman is committed to supporting artisanal beekeepers and farmers by ensuring that they receive a premium price for a premium product.
Finally, and possibly closest to Zeke’s heart, the Bee Raw Foundation was formed in 2013 with a mission to help save endangered bees and promote crucial-to-the-planet sustainability.
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