More than two months after leaving for their working vacation in California, the 7,140,289 Rogue Farms honeybees are home.
They were crankier than normal. But that’s expected after a 600-mile truck ride.
After unloading all the colonies, we gave them some time to settle down. It wasn’t long before they were out and about looking for nectar and pollen.
The timing is about as good as it gets. The orchard next to the Hop ‘N’ Bed is in full bloom.
For us the flowers are beautiful to look at. But for honeybees, this is their version of the all you can eat buffet.
We also planted a starflower called borage. The bees go crazy for the nectar.
Mother Nature is helping, too. Here’s a big field of flowering wild clover.
Sending our honeybees to California in winter is one of things we do to keep our colonies strong and healthy. It gets them out the cold and damp Oregon winters, and lets them spend their days foraging for pollen and honey in the almond orchards.
Now that they’re back home, the honeybees will spend spring and summer gathering nectar and making honey here at Rogue Farms. They’ll pollinate our Prickless Marionberries, Dream Pumpkins and jalapeños. They’ll forage among the wildflowers and wild berries in the fields that surround us.
With the bees back it finally feels like spring around here. Please join us! Head out to Rogue Farms for a week of fantastic weather, great beer, and the good company of 7,140,289 honeybees!