Ronna Rice and Julie Lordemann
Back in 1924, when L. R. Rice decided to turn his hobby into a money-making venture, it was a family affair. Everyone had a role, whether it was working in the bee yards, extracting the honey, filling the glass jars and labeling them by hand, or selling the product door to door right here in Greeley. Even when they expanded to grocery stores throughout northern Colorado, there was a Rice family member responsible for stocking the shelves.
“It was always hard work, but then, this is a hard-working town.”
Ninety years (and five generations) later, not much has changed. Though the original bee yards are long gone, the Rices are still at it, purchasing honey from respected beekeepers located in Colorado and around the country, creating proprietary blends, and packaging it just as the company’s founder—and the bees themselves—had always intended it: raw, unfiltered, and all natural.
“It was always hard work,” says Ronna Rice, whose husband Jim, L. R. Rice’s grandson, collected his first Rice’s Honey paycheck when he was still a kid. “But then, this is a hard-working town. That’s how Rice’s Honey has become a success, and that’s how Greeley will continue to prosper.”