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, Freeman enrolled in the University of Montana’s School of Food Management & Culinary Arts, and after earning his degree, he relocated to France to continue his education at the Hotel School of Grenoble. While in France, he worked under the direction of Alain Ducasse, a highly acclaimed chef known for his unique interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine.
Following two years in France working with and learning from accomplished international chefs, Freeman moved back to the United 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., whose founder, Ann Becker, was interested in selling singlefloral varietal honeys.
Working as an advisor, Freeman repackaged Beehive’s honeys in clear, retro-inspired glass jars, earning recognition in Metropolitan Home’s Top 100. In 2005, Freeman acquired majority ownership of Beehive Bee Products, in partnership with Sam Yocum, a photographer and designer. Freeman and Yocum re-launched the company under its current name: Bee Raw Honey.
Today, Freeman solely manages the company, and he has expanded Bee Raw’s distribution, making its single varietal honeys and honey flights available nationwide. He also 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 American artisanal beekeepers by ensuring that they receive a premium price for a premium product.