For a limited period each year, Little Wren Farm offers this unique sampler of early, mid- and late-season raw wildflower honey. Honey varies dramatically in appearance and flavor from month to month. These differences are influenced by many variables including the weather and changing nectar sources. People are often fascinated to discover the distinct differences and that they have a strong preference for a certain type of honey.
Included in this sampler are four, 5-ounce jars of honey. Each jar contains an early, mid, or late season honey and is labeled with the month it was harvested; the specific months may vary from year to year depending on variables that influence the bees’ activities. We also include a card with some suggestions for enjoying your sampler.
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 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.
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, depending on variables including the type of honey and the time of year. We know you’ll enjoy it either way!