Family Business: Mikolich Honey
In this week’s Family Business segment, KUSI’s Allie Wagner was at Mikolech Honey in San Marcos.
“Fresh from the hive since 1985” is our motto. We have no hidden agenda. With over 40 years of experience in the honey & pollination world, we have experienced it all. From a young age, Alan Mikolich kept bees in his backyard. He learned about beekeeping through 4H club in Chula Vista as a young boy. His passion transpired as he became an adult working alongside family friends in San Diego.
In 1985, Alan and his wife Mary decided to go independent. Alan had been working under other beekeepers and felt like it was time to venture off on his own. They started their own company while pregnant with their third child, Erika. During this year Mary lost her job so the pressure was on! Over the years, Erika and her brothers Kevin & Scott spent many summers extracting honey and helping their dad with bee work. From time to time, you may see them helping customers at our local farmers’ markets.
Fast forward 25 years, after lots of ups and downs, Erika decided to step in to help manage the family operation. With the help of Mary, she was able to shift a majority of our product direct to consumer and in the local marketplace. We work hard to promote small businesses, and are proud to work with some of the best local chefs, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and retailers in America’s Finest City. We also have been honored to receive two 1st place awards for our honey at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco, CA.
The shift in todays honey industry is rapidly changing the way we look at our business. We pride ourselves on bringing you the best quality honey available. At a time when there is a loss of transparency and trust in the commercial marketplace, we work hard to provide a clear and simple explanation regarding our operation. From Temecula through south San Diego County, we have several locations that provide us with seasonal floral sources. We do everything in our nature to ensure safe and sustainable bee practices.
The Mikolich Family has been a Member of the Sioux Honey Association Co-Op for many years. Alan is currently on the Board of Directors and is actively involved in organizations like the California State Beekeepers Association, American Beekeeping Federation and the San Diego Beekeeping Society.