Who: Henry Storch of Old Blue Raw Honey
What: Migratory beekeeper and professional farrier
Where: Wren, Oregon
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Bees fly up to three miles when they forage for honey, and any flower in that range is a potential food source. Henry Storch of Old Blue Raw Honey can influence the flavors of honey produced in the spring and summer by placing the hives in areas with plants he wants the bees to nectar on. Henry also pulls frames of honey after smaller nectar flows to separate out small batches of specific wildflower honey varietals.
In Western Oregon, by far the largest nectar flow is from the wild blackberries (Rubus bifrons and Rubus vestitus) that bloom in late June and July, so the vast majority of Henry’s honey is produced in just a few short weeks of the year.