This is the greatest time of year to be a Rogue Farms honeybee.
We’re in the middle of the summer nectar flow, when gazillions of wildflowers, blackberry flowers and clover fill the fields surrounding our farm.
It’s the honeybee’s version of an all you can eat for free buffet. But for our bees, that’s not good enough.
A couple of weeks ago we decided to give our 7,140,289 honeybees more sources of food, planting acres of wildflowers along the road leading into the farm.
We ran the mower extra low to give the grass and weeds a good scalping.
Then we tossed in a mix of seeds, watered, and soon the flowers were popping up everywhere.
Some of them spread all the way over to the hopyard.
A wide diversity of food sources is good for honeybees. It provides them with a healthier diet and helps bees fight off bacteria, fungal diseases and parasites.
From spring through summer, the Rogue Farms honeybees will collect nectar and pollen from our neighbor’s hazelnut, cherry and apples trees. They’ll forage on Big Leaf maples and walnuts near the Hop ‘N’ Bed, and daffodils, tulips and botanicals in our gardens.
And when our Dream pumpkins and jalapeños start flowering, the honeybees will go to work pollinating those crops and helping us grow better ingredients for our beers and spirits.
So if by growing some extra wildflowers helps our bees, then it’s worth it.
This is a great time to come to Rogue Farms and see how we grow honey, 19 Original Colonies Mead, Honey Kolsch, Marionberry Braggot and our other beers and spirits.
Grow the Revolution!