For the last several years, we have had bees in our lavender
field. They absolutely love lavender. The bees are provided by Matt
Beekman, a professional beekeeper. His family (Beekman
and Beekman) have been keeping bees since 1947. The bees from
the strong hive provided by Matt work the lavender flowers from dawn
to dusk. It is quite daunting to enter the field to pick bunches with
so many bees around! However, we all know they are much more interested in
the lavender than us. They only seem
to sting if we get in their way returning to the hive. True lavender
honey is produced from bees that have collected exclusively from lavender.
This is not easy to ensure, although we are lucky in that nothing else
seems to be flowering around us to attract the bees away. Our farm
is in the middle of tomato country in Solano County.
We have been able to compare our true lavender honey
to its counterpart in the Provence region of France. We were delighted
to find that ours tasted just about the same, so we do have a pure
product. The bees stay for six weeks until the main bulk of the lavender
had finished flowering or has been cut. The bees are then moved into
the hills to complete their summer work producing Star Thistle Honey.
you would like some sent to you or your friend or loved one then please
take a look at our order page.