Gooserock Farm, located in Montville, NJ, sits on the shores of Gooserock Pond, a haven for all kinds of wildlife, including Canada geese who in some years nest on the large rock in the middle of the pond. Visitors are welcome to visit the Honey House, where honey and other farm products are offered for sale. Unfortunately, we do not offer farm tours as we are kept busy way beyond normal working hours just caring for the bees and making our honey and beeswax products. You can check out what we're doing on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Gooserock-Farm/300366363359084.
Family-Owned and Run
The farm is run by Master Beekeeper Landi Simone, who maintains apiaries (bee yards) here and at various locations in the Montville-Boonton area of Morris County. Husband Paul, owner of Vienna Piano Company of Hackettstown, NJ, sometimes helps move bees, and lends woodworking/finishing expertise. Daughter Kira, now ia mechanical engineer but a past NJ Honey Princess, provides honey tasting services to be sure our products remain top quality! And son Adrian - always willing to lend a hand with anything that needs doing, if he's home -is finishing his M.A. in Education at MSU and teaching part-time. Adrian is a retired USMC Corporal with first-hand knowledge of what will be his teaching specialty: history.
On August 24, 2011, our son Adrian was seriously wounded by a Taliban-planted IED while serving as a Marine Corps infantryman in Afghanistan. As a result, he lost both legs above the knee. It was a rough year for our family but some of the burdens were eased by the Semper Fi Fund, an organization dedicated to helping Marines and their families. Please consider making a donation to Semper Fi. You can read more about them and about Adrian's progress on the "Semper Fi" link to the left. And if you visit us at the farm, you'll find a table in the Honey House all set up to accept donations year-round.
Over the years, the farm has enjoyed help from non-family members who have become like family to us. We are very, very grateful for their friendship and support.
We produce raw, minimally filtered local NJ honey, using the most natural means possible.
The beeswax we harvest from our colonies goes to make fine hand-crafted creams, soaps, lip balms, candles and other crafts. Gooserock Farm has taken hundreds of prizes for its honey, candles and cosmetics in local, state, and regional shows.
Many of our regular customers take our local honey for allergies. We make no health claims but many people feel local honey, especially raw unfiltered honey is helpful with seasonal allergies. And it sure tastes great!
We currently maintain about 100 to 150 colonies of honey bees in eleven apiaries in Pine Brook, Towaco, Montville, Boonton Township, and Dover in Morris County, New Jersey. Landi, a certified Master Beekeeper, is an active member of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association. She is past president of the Essex County Beekeepers Society, past Director of the Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) Master Beekeepers, and currently serves as Chairwoman of the Certification Committee for the EAS Master Beekeepers.