Golden opportunity: Beekeepers turn hobby into a honey-maker
By Colleen Schrappen St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) | Monday, August 2, 2021, 12:05 a.m.
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Beekeeper Elsa Stuart notes details from the weekly hive inspection at Millis Meadows on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Des Peres, Missouri. Stuart and her husband, Tom Millis, check the hives for healthy queens, honey production and lifecycle development. Next to Stuart sits a bee smoker, used to calm the bees if they become upset during the hive checks. (Sara Diggins/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
Beekeepers Tom Millis, right, and Elsa Stuart open one of the hives in their backyard apiary, called Millis Meadows, to do a weekly inspection on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Des Peres, Missouri. (Sara Diggins/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
DES PERES, Mo. — A vegetable garden was first on Tom Millis’ to-do list when he bought his home in the St. Louis suburb of Des Peres a decade ago. Then he and his now-wife, Elsa Stuart, added native flowers to their 2-acre property.