This honey varietal derived primarily from wild blackberry (Rubus bifrons) and tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) nectar was harvested in mid-August at our Summit apiary near Summit, OR. This honey has a clean, spicy flavor with a hint of sweetgrass. 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 Summit apiary is located at Cross Eyed Cricket Farm on the Upper Marys River near Summit, OR. Dave Barron and Melissa Bourgeois have a diversified homestead including a variety of livestock, orchards, and a vegetable garden. Our kids all go to school together at rural Blodgett Elementary established in 1850. The valley surrounding the apiary includes marshy areas in old beaver ponds and passively managed pasture including weeds that provide a lot of late summer forage for the bees.
Himalayan blackberry (Rubus bifrons) is a non-native, naturalized species that is widespread in the area. It fruits prolifically in the summer.
Tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a non-native, broadleaf pasture weed. It is toxic to most livestock, but bees thrive on its nectar and pollen. Various entities and individuals have attempted to manage the reproduction of this invasive species for many decades. Biocontrol insects including the cinnabar moth generally keep tansy in check, but populations fluctuate year to year depending on weather conditions and seed production.
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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Shipping: Honey will be mailed USPS Priority within 3 business days of purchase and should arrive 2-3 days later.
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