Life on Lovers Lane Farm is hard but good work. In between the farmers markets & beekeeping, chicken & goat tending, mushroom foraging & compost tilling, veggie raising and hive wrangling, there are moments when the evening comes around and the Feigin family can enjoy good conversations beside their little pond. From there they can observe the ranch’s wildlife as it moves through the seasons, sniffing and poking along the periphery. The wildlife can observe them too, noting perhaps from their point of view how nicely the Feigin’s hard but good work coincides with that of mother nature.
Lovers Lane Farm is a small homestead in the foothills at the North edge of Ukiah, CA. The ranch has been a part of the Feigin family since the 1960’s and encompasses 85 acres of rangeland. Keith and Kate began the farm in earnest with a solid helping hand from Keith’s parents Rick and Kathy.
You’ll find Lovers Lane Farm at a booth at any number Mendocino County’s farmers markets. Along with their smiling faces you probably will want to have a taste of their incredibly delicious, unadulterated honey. Seasonally they will also offer bee pollen, comb honey, chunk honey, infused honeys and more. In addition to tending busy bees, they raise some of the most pampered pigs in the of the county (if not the state), produce soap, beeswax balm and more.
Owner Keith Feigin was born and raised in Ukiah. He started the business with two goals: to create a viable local business to strengthen the economy of Mendocino County, and to bring a great local product to the tables of his neighbors.
Lovers Lane Farm established its roots under the hard work and care of Jack & Mimi Booth. In 1978 the Booths formed Cinnamon Bear Farm (a tribute to a color phase of the Black Bear that used to roam the Russian River catching steelhead and salmon). A wildlife biologist by trade, Jack applied his experience working with animals and extensive knowledge of Mendocino County’s unique climate & geography to refine his beekeeping style.
With over 30 years of experience, Jack eventually became one of the most respected beekeepers in Mendocino County and set the standard for managing hives in the region. Mimi designed the honey labels, attended farmers markets, expressed her passion for artisan crafts and developed new farm & hive products.
Keith learned the ropes from Jack. As a boy, Keith would follow him to his hives, hoping to get a taste of honey as soon as it started flowing from the spring vetch blossoms. Besides a thick skin for bee stings, he developed an appreciation for the way the taste of honey changes from season to season and from hive to hive.
Although now retired, Jack has a hard time distancing himself from the bees. He can still be found riding along in Keith’s truck to inspect hives purely for enjoyment, especially in the springtime. Every beekeeper would agree this is the most exciting and busy time of year to be a beekeeper. Keith doesn’t mind as there is always something more to learn from his mentor.
Today, Lovers Lane Farm harvests small batches of gourmet honey from the mountains, valleys and orchards of rustic Mendocino County. By placing the hives strategically among the seasonal flower sources and numerous distinct climates within the county, Lovers Lane Farm produces an wide array of astoundingly flavorful honeys. Each batch tastes unique year after year depending on the weather, soil and plants in the immediate area of the hive. No chemicals or pesticides are used in the production of Lovers Lane Farm honey. It is pure, unfiltered and unprocessed, using only gravity flow to move it.
As the seasons change and Lovers Lane Farm continues to do hard but good work, their appreciation for the support of their local community grows. They hope to continue exchanging their labor & knowledge with friends & neighbors in the region long into the future.
Find out more in the Lover’s Lane Farm farm listing.