Hilltop Honey is a consistent
“Best in State”!

In operation since 1995, Hilltop Honey not only offers the best of bee products, but its proprietor Joe Lelinho provides public education on - and leadership in understanding the threats to - a species critical to our quality of life.

Joe is frequently consulted by local communities and the press to explain bee-related issues, deal with swarms, and assist in allaying human concerns in sharing our backyards with bees.



Joseph G. Lelinho
Hilltop Honey LLC

  • Began keeping Honeybees in August, 1995
  • Past Treasurer over 10 Years with Essex County Beekeepers Society
  • Past President for 3 terms ECBS
  • Current NJ State Representative, Mid-Atlantic Apiculture & Research Extension Consortium (MAAREC)
  • 2011 – Began Commercial Beekeeping:
  • Offering Renewable Annual Leases to Major Businesses, Hospitals, Environmental and Science Ctr’s. as well as residential clients to install and maintain honeybee colonies on their property.


  • Various Blue Ribbons & “Best in Divisions” as well as The Robert A Hughes Award at New Jersey Beekeepers Assoc. Honey Competitions
  • 2011 “Best in Show”, NJ State Fair, Augusta, Light Honey
  • Started and managed the first and only “Short Course Training Field” a 70 Acre tract Owned by Essex County, offered to Graduates of the Short Course for the first year of Field Training


  • Caldwell Progress: “Local Beekeepers Honey Best in State” picture
  • New York Times, “A Parasite Devastates Bees and Farmers Are Worried” picture
  • Star Ledger, (Front Page) “NJ Honeybees Feel The Sting” color picture
  • Star Ledger “A Honey of a Side Vocation” color picture
  • Star Ledger “Why Jersey City’s Abuzz” color picture


  • Good Day New York, WB 11 New York & Cable News Networks
  • National Television: Katie Couric Show, “The Plight of the Honeybee”

Presentations & Lectures

  • Princeton University: Summer Students “The Queen and Her City” (6 consecutive years)
  • Princeton: Luncheon Lecture to Staff, “The Ripening of Nectar to Honey”
  • Lunch & Learns, and various other Demonstrations for each Business Client
  • Teach “Honey Harvesting” in Annual Short Course for a several years
  • Eastern Apiculture Society 2017: “Big Business and the Little Bee” & “Rooftop Hives”

Published Papers

  • Honored to Co-Author a published study with Dr. I Pelczer & Dr. D Pearlman of Princeton University, “Is it the Real Thing, or is it Adulterated or Contaminated? Quantitative Analysis of Honey by High-Sensitivity NMR”


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96 River Rd, E. Hanover, NJ
Caldwell Market Place
5 Park Ave Caldwell, NJ

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