This honey varietal derived primarily from vine maple (Acer circinatum) and blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) nectar was harvested in early June at our Siletz apiary. The vine maple gives this honey a similar flavor to bigleaf maple with notes of eucalyptus and toothpaste. The blueberry nectar gives it a more mellow, buttery flavor. It is available in 8-ounce (BPA-free) plastic squeeze bottles. The harvest date, apiary location, and primary nectar source(s) are written on the label.
Our Siletz apiary is at Gibson Farms where our bees pollinate 20 acres of blueberry bushes in the early spring. The first bushes in the patch were planted in 1948, and the farm has been under the management of the same family for almost 70 years. Gibson Farms is surrounded by pastureland, riparian areas, and regenerating forest with significant populations of vine maple and scotch broom. The bees don’t generally make surplus honey out of blueberry nectar, but toward the tail end of the blueberry pollination period, they tend to forage in the surrounding area and produce some extra honey.
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) is a large, native shrub that can form impenetrable thickets. It blooms in late April to early May with small, red flowers. Often wet Oregon spring weather prevents bees from producing an abundant vine maple honey crop, but the flowers are a good nectar and pollen source if bees can fly to access them.
Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is widely planted in the Pacific Northwest for its delicious berries. The state of Oregon alone produces over 100 million pounds of blueberries annually. On a normal year, the bees won’t make any surplus blueberry honey, but in 2018, the conditions were good enough to make a small crop. We bottled most of this honey for the Gibson family to sell directly to their U-pick customers but held back enough to be able to offer it in the sampler.
We never heat our honey over natural hive temperatures, and we only filter it minimally, so it may include pollen, small wax particles, and the occasional bee bit. All natural honey will solidify eventually. To liquify, place the jar in a bowl of warm (not boiling) water. Our honeys are never flavored or infused with added ingredients. The varietal names indicate the primary nectar source plants the bees were foraging on at the time of surplus honey production.
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