The “bee fever” started with Brad, the founder of Kloten Apiaries -- nearly four decades ago he took a job with a local beekeeper. Months passed and he acquired numerous stings, a collection of veils, a smoker, hive tools, and a livelong obsession with bees. His symbiotic partnership with bees and time spent tending to them eventually convinced him that is was time to buy his own beehives. He borrowed a small four frame extractor from a friend and placed it in the truck bed of his 64 Apache Chevrolet pickup. That was how the first honey harvest was brought in, and a small family business was born.