Beeyards & Batches
We believe that colony health is stronger when the honey bees can collect nectar and pollen from a variety of plants, shrubs and trees, and that the honey they produce from this diverse forage has more complex flavours. We take special care to select pasture and grasslands that have a wide variety and abundance of quality food sources throughout the growing season.
We work closely with the land owners to understand what grows in the area. Where possible, we locate the beeyards away from areas of mono-culture, where the lack of flower diversity creates a lack of food for honey bees.
We have six beeyards located near the towns of Crossfield, Airdrie, Symons Valley, Springbank and Millarville. In addition, we have one urban hive located in the Crossfield townsite.
This year we began providing batch numbers on our packaged honey, which connects you to the beeyard where the honey was produced, the types of forage in the area, and the date we harvested the honey comb. As each beeyard has unique forage throughout the growing seasons, the flavour profiles of the honey varies (like varieties of wine). We are exited to share the different honey harvests with you!
1801 Millarville, July 6 harvest: A bright yellow Spring Harvest honey that is predominantly dandelion. Dandelion is a very important flower for honey bees as the first nectar source of the season, feeding the growing colonies.
1802 Crossfield (3 Yards), July 16 harvest: A Spring Harvest honey that is predominantly dandelion, similar in flavour to batch 1801.
1803 Symons Valley/Springbank, July 20 harvest: A Spring Harvest that is predominantly dandelion, similar in flavour to batch 1801.
1804 Crossfield Main Yard, August 10 harvest: A pale Summer Harvest honey based on a forage mix of dandelion, sanfoin, alfalfa and alsike clover.
1805 Airdrie, August 10 harvest: A Summer Harvest honey from north of Airdrie. Dominant forage surrounding these hives include dandelion, sanfoin, alfalfa and alsike clover.
1806 Town of Crossfield, August 8 harvest: This Summer Harvest honey is from a strong colony in the town of Crossfield that has diverse forage of raspberry, crabapple, and various garden and crop flowers. With its wide forage profile, this honey has a wonderful and unique flavour relative to our other harvests.
1807 Symons Valley, August 9 harvest: This beeyard is located near Nose Creek in an area with both native and farmed land. Immediately surrounding the yard are Alberta wildflowers such as wild rose, shrubby cinquefoil, and wild bergamot. Willow along Nose Creek provide an important pollen source to the colonies in the spring.
1808 Springbank, August 8 harvest: Located on the south bank of the Bow River this yard is located within native grasslands and adjacent to the Bow River Valley. A combination of native flowers provide nectar and pollen sources to the colonies.
1809 Crossfield Main Yard, August 22 harvest: A Summer Harvest honey from a forage mix of dandelion, sanfoin, alfalfa and alsike clover. The honey bees may also forage on canola growing in the region.
1810 Millarville, August 8 harvest: This beeyard is located in pasture lands and adjacent to several wetlands. Wild flowers and alfalfa in nearby hayfields provide a good mix of nectar for this Summer Harvest honey.
1811 Airdrie, August 30 harvest: A Summer Harvest from this yard north of Airdrie is a forage mix of dandelion, sanfoin, alfalfa and milk vetch. The honey bees may have also foraged on canola growing within 3 km of this yard.
1812 Crossfield Second Yard, August 28 harvest: Located in a combination of hay field and pasture, this yard is also adjacent to cultivated fields that were planted to the canola. The hayfield and pasture provide forage of alfalfa, dandelion, clover and thistle.
1813 Airdrie Yard, August 10 harvest: A Summer Harvest from this yard north of Airdrie is a forage mix of dandelion, sanfoin, alfalfa and milk vetch. The honey bees may have also foraged on canola growing within 3 km of this yard although there would less with this earlier harvest.
1814 Springbank Yard, August 8 harvest: A Summer Harvest from this yard on the south bank of the Bow River. There is little cultivated crops in this area and the forage is a combination wildflowers and some alfalfa several kilometres south of this yard gives this honey its unique flavour compared to our northern yards.