This honey varietal derived primarily from pumpkin (Curcubita maxima) and mint (Mentha × piperita) nectar was harvested in mid August at our Smith Island apiary near Corvallis, OR. It is available in 8 oz (BPA-free) plastic squeeze bottles and 22 oz glass jars. 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 to pollinate later-blooming pumpkins.
The Funke family are farmers in the Willamette Valley that produce essential oils from clary sage, chamomile, parsley, peppermint, and other plants. This peppermint was grown for distillation, but the plants were allowed to bloom to reach maximum oil content before harvesting. The mint was growing on nearby Kiger Island, so the bees had to fly about a half mile across the slough to access it.
The pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima) field was planted with an heirloom, hubbard-type “Golden Delicious” pumpkin grown for its edible seeds that are used for the snack market. The vines bloom through August, and the resulting pumpkin honey was one of the last batches we harvested in the 2018 season. Pumpkin flowers yield dark nectar, resulting in very dark honey.
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is traditional Willamette Valley crop. Mint is a late-blooming crop that offer abundant nectar to bees in the Valley.
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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