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.
Joe Lelinho has been keeping honeybees since the Summer of 1996 and harvested his first crop of honey in 1997. He presently operates over 50 colonies of Honeybees in Commercial and Residential colonies spread over The Caldwell's, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Livingston, Roseland, Fairfield, Little Falls, Essex County Environmental Center, and, in the summer, South Kearny & Chatsworth (Blueberry's). Joe also mentors new beekeepers and has helped many of them grow their hobby into a profitable business.Joe is a Past President of the ECBS, Essex County Beekeepers Society, and served as the NJ State Beekeepers representative to the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium. MAAREC is a regional effort to address the pest management and disease crisis facing the beekeeping industry in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Meeting quarterly, participants include representatives from beekeeping associations, departments of Agriculture, and land grant universities from each of the following states - New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. USDA/ARS (Beltsville Bee Lab) is also an active member of the organization.
Accomplishments: In N J State Annual Honey Competition various Blue Ribbons for exceptional honey At N J State Annual Honey competition from 2004 through 2007, 4 years running, have placed First or Best in Category, and in 2005 won the coveted Best in Show for Creamed Honey. Featured in Newark Star Ledger (Front Page) with picture three times, Caldwell Progress, New York Times, various magazines, television; WB11, Good Day New York and Cable News Networks. At the Annual Honey Completion in Cherry Hill a Blue Ribbon for Creamed Honey in 2008, that’s now 5 years consecutively for Creamed Honey. A Blue Ribbon for liquid honey in the Light Category and judged Best in Division for all categories in liquid or extracted honeys. In other words of all the honey’s submitted this year, Hilltop Honey was the best in the State!