Smith Island : Hairy Vetch & Red Clover

$ 11.00

This honey varietal derived primarily from hairy vetch (Vicia villosa) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) nectar was harvested in mid July at our Smith Island apiary near Corvallis, OR. The honey tastes of sweetgrass hay and walnuts. 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.  

Smith Island, an island in the Willamette River just south of Corvallis, is still farmed by relatives of its namesake Green Berry Smith. The nearby community of Greenberry was also named after the same pioneer who arrived in the area in 1846. Loren Smith and his son Dan Smith grow a variety of seed and forage crops on the island including hairy vetch, red clover, orchard grass, arrowleaf clover, alfalfa, and pumpkins. 

Loren has always been very conscientious about maintaining native pollinator habitat in the riparian areas, gravel bars, and periphery of farm fields. The staggered bloom times of the various crops he grows support impressive pollinator species diversity. We brought these bees in early to forage on the hairy vetch, but their main job was to pollinate later-blooming pumpkins.

Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa) is grown as a forage or cover crop. It’s a great nitrogen fixer, and it flowers prolifically over a long span of summer with small purple blooms. It used to be widely grown in the Willamette Valley but is fairly uncommon now. Its nectar makes a “water white” (colorless, clear) honey.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a pink-flowered clover used as a forage or cover crop. It is notable in the Willamette Valley for attracting a lot of bumblebees. Red clover has a deep flower, so only honeybees with particularly long tongues can access the nectar. While most of our hives made some honey on nearby hairy vetch, only a few hives made surplus honey from red clover nectar.  

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. 

If you intend to buy this honey as a gift, please include a note for the recipient at checkout.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this or any of our other products, oldbluerawhoney@gmail.com.

Shipping: Honey will be mailed USPS Priority within 3 business days of purchase and should arrive 2-3 days later. 

Bottle Size Quantity Shipping Cost
8 oz.  1-3 $7
8 oz. 4-15 $13

At this time, we are unable to ship internationally.

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