2018 was a harsh year in the Santa Monicas -- Late rains, cold spring time temperatures, and prolonged drought conditions have contributed to a low honey supply. However, drought time honey often has a stronger and more unique taste profile than years with abundant honey flow.
Current honey in Stock (2019):
A harvest from hives living near Paramount Ranch at the top of Malibu Canyon. This area was completely burned by the 2018 Woolsey fire and therefore represents the last harvest from this canyon for the foreseeable future. Nectars are a mix of buckwheat and Oak honey dew. It has a strong earthy taste.
A drought summer of native mountain bloom from the ridges of the Santa Monica mountains. This area was completely burned by the 2018 Woolsey fire and therefore represents the last harvest from those mountains of these mature chaparral plants for the foreseeable future. Nectar is Sage, Laurel Sumac, and Toyon berry.
A wildflower blend of the bees living on the coast in Malibu made between the months of March, April, and May 2019. It includes a mix of coastal wildflowers (mustard and wild radish) and berry nectars such as raspberry, blackberry, blueberry.
Harvested from 3 locations in Topanga canyon in the early summer. A light sage mix with sumac and toyon. Due to the drought, this harvest was quite limited. Rare and delicious.
Orange blossom honey is flavorful and complex. It is one of the sweeter honeys and has a candy sharpness to its aftertaste.
This honey comes from a collaboration a beekeeper who splits their time between Santa Barbara and North Dakota. The honey was harvested from an organic clover operation. It is darker than store bought clover honey and contains a mix of nectar and pollens from the wildflowers blooming contemporaneously to the clover.