Copoco’s Honey Featured in North Forty (Fort Collins News)

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North Forty News Interviews Jack Gilmore @ Copoco’s Honey


“Jack Gilmore of Copoco’s Honey and Bee Products said there are easily 500 beekeepers in Larimer County, maybe more. “In the last 10 years, since bees have had problems surviving, the interest in raising them has been growing.”


Copoco’s history goes back to 2004 when two of Gilmore’s sons, Ben and John, spent a summer earning money by removing unwanted bees from area barns, attics and soffits. Ben became interested through the father of a girlfriend at the time who was raising bees. John had always been interested in insects.

The following season they established Colorado Pollination Company, eventually abbreviated to Copoco. The brothers provided pollination services to Colorado farmers and delivering their bees by flatbed truck to California to pollinate the almond crop in winter.

By 2006, the brothers were harvesting and selling their honey at several farmers’ markets and for a short time maintained a retail store at the junction of East Trilby Road and South Shields Street. Then they began marketing their products online, eventually realizing the local needs for beekeeping supplies and opening their store at its present location near “the Y” on North College Avenue near the junction with Colorado 1.


From there they continued their work rescuing honeybees and finding new homes for them, educating the public about bees and helping backyard beekeepers to get started.


Today Jack and his wife, Virginia, operate Copoco’s and during the summer months welcome help from grandsons Sebastian 10, and Sean, 14, to carry on the family business. The shop draws customers from as far away as Casper, Wyoming and Longmont. It is the go-to spot for beekeeping equipment and advice, several flavors of honey, propolis tincture, an antiseptic medicinal produced by bees, pollen, a protein supplement, soap and candles made from beeswax, bulk beeswax and toys and gifts related to bees and honey.


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Tuesday: 10am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 10am – 6:00pm
Friday: 10am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10am – 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed




2020 N College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO