All of our honey is produced by the honey bees at the Little Wren Farm apiary in western Massachusetts. To preserve the honey’s natural flavor and qualities, our honey has never been filtered or heated above temperatures naturally found in the hive. This means that our honey contains all the things the bees put in it, including antioxidants, enzymes and pollen.
Our raw wildflower honey varies in color and flavor from hive-to-hive, season-to-season, and year-to-year. Our early season honey (generally harvested between late May and early July) is usually a light, golden color with a flavor often described as nuanced and floral. Through the season, the color of honey deepens and the flavor evolves into what is often described as a more full bodied and rich flavor. Our mid-season honey (generally harvested in July through mid-August) becomes closer to medium amber in color, and our fall wildflower honey (generally harvested through late September and made from nectar of late-blooming species, including goldenrod, aster, and Japanese knotweed) is generally a deep amber color. People are often fascinated to discover that they have a strong preference for the distinct flavor of honey from one season or another. If you’re interested in comparing, order a seasonal honey sampler to compare and find out what you like!
A Word About Raw Honey & Crystallization: Raw honey has not been filtered or pasteurized, and it remains as close to what the bees created as possible. A characteristic of raw honey is that it will thicken and crystallize over time. This natural (and reversible!) process does not mean your honey has gone bad; in fact it is an indication that your honey is raw and unadulterated. Many people prefer solid, crystallized (or “creamed”) honey over liquid honey. If your honey crystallizes or becomes solid, you can use it as-is in all its spreadable glory, or you can place the sealed jar of honey in a bowl of warm water (or near another source of gentle, low heat) until the honey becomes liquid once again. Your honey may arrive as a liquid and slowly crystallize over time, or it may arrive in a solid state, depend on variables including the type of honey and the time of year. We know you’ll enjoy it either way!