For 20 years, John Pluta's bee collection kept growing and the demand for his local honey and bee products shot up as well. Word spread quickly to allergy sufferers of a possible solution.
"I've been eating it from here for quite a few years. Last year I didn't eat much of it and I did have some allergy problems. I ate some this past winter and I haven't had any problems this year," said Jimmy Warren of Milledgeville.
Pluta handles the bees without wearing a protective suit and says they're fairly gentle in nature.
"We're here in the middle of the day and it's nice and warm and sunny. The bees are making a nice honey flow so they're fairly gentle. I sometimes have to use a smoker. As long as you move slowly and confidently they're not out to get you right away."
Pluta says some people take advantage of the bee venom by using Apitherapy which can give relief to arthritis and other joint issues.
John has to maintain the hives and protect the bees, but most of the honey making is all up to his favorite insect.
"When the bees come back from the flowers, the nectar that they bring back is a liquid that is very high in moisture. The bees make a wind tunnel in the hive, reducing the moisture and that's what turns the nectar into honey," said Pluta.
Business is buzzing for Pluta and he's working to keep it that way.
"We only work 8 days a week now,” said Pluta.
If you're interested in getting some local honey or pollen from Pluta, his location is on Highway 22 as you’re going through Milledgeville. Take Highway 22 all the way from