Claire Martin is the essence of a Queen Bee: after falling in love with the community-oriented society of honeybees, she left her high-powered career in the NYC publishing world to manage hives upstate. Within a few short years, Claire grew her colony of a business from one hive to over 300. Next came a line of raw, unprocessed foods, and finally, a truly special, nuanced honey-infused whiskey made predominantly from NY State rye, all under the umbrella of Catskill Provisions. Claire is an inspiration to all of us working hard to create a greener, sustainable, and more delicious place to live!
Tell us about your journey getting to where you are today?
5 years ago I started this company with one varietal of our honey. First to be jarred was our late Summer, wildflower raw honey…complex, delicious, amber color. today we have 22 SKUs plus our NY Honey Whiskey! It’s been pretty amazing as growth brings lots of lessons with it…we’re still very much about creating sustainable, small batch local products. I started with 2 hives, grew up to 70+ then I needed help and I needed it now! I reached out to two beekeepers that I know well and trust to join forces with me. We now are efficient and always keeping to the local, sustainable model I started out with.