“I bleed honey. It runs deep in my veins,” Norwalk author and fourth generation beekeeper Andrew Coté states at the beginning of his memoir “Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper.”
Born and bred in Norwalk, Coté said he’s a proud Nutmegger who fell in love with beekeeping as a child when he helped his father, a former Norwalk firefighter, tend to his bees at his childhood home in Norwalk. Decades later Coté is the founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association and the executive director of his family’s nonprofit Bees Without Borders and is known for his urban beekeeping work. The apiarist and self-proclaimed “beek” has traveled the world teaching others about how to run their own apiaries and has found himself rubbing elbows with celebrities on set or at his market stall in New York City’s Union Square Greenmarket, where he sells his honey.