DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - One man living in Denham Springs has lived nine lives... in the sense that he has worked in nearly every industry imaginable, but he has since devoted his life to raising queens.
“This one right here is kind of testy, so be careful with this one,” said Bobby Frierson.
Frierson has raised three boys and hundreds of thousands of queens... queen bees, that is.
“We have Italians, Cornelians, we have some Russian stock left. We have Redheads, we have all kind of bees.”
In fact, Frierson has turned a lifelong hobby into a commercial business. He and two of his sons now sell all types of honey products, but Frierson hasn’t always been in the honeybee business. His first “real” job was with his dad as an iron worker.
“I’ve worked in nuclear plants and pipelines and maintenance and construction and finally into fab shop and fabricated pipe for Exxon and different plants, and then all along the way though, I’ve always been a farmer or a gardener and a beekeeper.”
Eventually, he started a family and that’s when he realized he wanted to leave a legacy behind for them.
“So I figured if I could start some kind of business, I didn’t know what it was going to be, then I could pass it onto them when I’m gone and maybe they’ll have a better life than I did,” Frierson said.
Frierson taught his sons how to care for honeybees and together, they run Louisiana Gold Honey Farm.
“I raise all the queens now," said Joshua, one of Frierson’s sons.
Joshua grafts all of the bees and assists with the day-to-day operations, but he also has two little queens of his own, who Grandpa Bobby loves to dote on.
As a young man, Frierson dreamed of working for himself. It’s safe to say he has far surpassed that dream. Louisiana Gold Honey Farm does quite well. In the last year, they more than doubled their honey production. They say they can barely keep up with demand.
“It’s not money that I’m after, it’s just peace of mind. I want to be able to lay my head on my pillow at night and go to sleep without any worries, you know? And I have got there. I’m there. I don’t have to worry about too much," Frierson said.
Dreams bigger than he could have ever imagined have all come to sweet, golden fruition.
You can find the Friersons’ honey at the Denham Springs Farmers Market every Saturday, or just stop by his home business. He’s located on Highway 1025.
You can’t miss the sign for Louisiana Gold Honey Farm.