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About Our Farm


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About Our Farm


Bright Raven Farm and Apiary is located in Jacksonville, NY in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region.  We started our farm in 2000 and began the long process of rejuvenating tired, worn out soil, the result of decades of conventional corn and soy bean cropping.  After 15 years of ecological farming practices, our soil is once again alive and rich thanks to many years of cover cropping, compost, and crop rotations.

       We have primarily been vegetable growers over the years but we also have blueberries, a small orchard, and lots and lots of honey bees.

 

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Terroir, Seasons, Plants


Terroir, Seasons, Plants


TERROIR:   Over the years we have received a lot of positive feedback about our raw honey.  Time and time again we have been told that our honey is some of the best honey people have ever tasted.  Before we are accused of arrogance and bragging, let us explain.  It's not really about us- it's about terroir.

What is terroir and what does it have to do with honey? 

Terroir means "earth" in French but is a concept encompassing much more than that.  Terroir is the unique flavor and quality of an agricultural product that is determined by the specific qualities of the place where it is produced.  The soil, wind, rainfall and other natural elements all have profound effects on the qualities of food produced in a certain locale.  The term terroir has been applied to agricultural products such as wine and cheese in Europe for centuries, and is now used to describe the many types of honey produced in different environments.  We think there is something magical about the terroir at Bright Raven Farm as it produces some fantastic honey! 

PLANTS:  Honey bees will forage for nectar and pollen from all kinds of different plants.  At our farm in the spring, they visit maple, dandelion, willow, fruit trees, rose hips, wild brambles, black locust, and basswood flowers.  In summer they find sumac, milkweed, Japanese knotweed, and dog bane.  Goldenrod and asters are the main nectar and pollen sources in the fall. 

   By paying close attention to the weather and local flower bloom cycles, we are able to harvest three to four and sometimes even five different honey varietals in a single season.  These honeys each have their own unique colors, textures, and flavors depending on the nectar source they were made from.

 

 

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Our Varietal Honey


Our Varietal Honey


We began keeping bees 15 years ago with a few hives and have slowly expanded our apiary.  We realized early on that the less we fiddle with the honey the better it tastes.  Most store bought honey is heated and filtered to make a uniform, shelf stable product.  However, the result is often a bland honey devoid of character and nutrition, as the heat destroys vitamins and enzymes, and filtering removes some of the pollen and propolis.

         Our raw honey is unheated and unfiltered.  It contains the pollen and propolis put there by the bees.  These compounds not only add depth and complexity to our honey, but have valuable medicinal properties as well.   

 

Purchase


2017 Raw honey varietals:  all varietals are $12 per 1b glass jar plus shipping.

We can ship up to six 1lb glass jars for $13.45.  Prices subject to change.                      Dandelion    sold out

Black Locust sold out

Basswood

Japanese Knotweed

Fall Wildflower 

Purchase


2017 Raw honey varietals:  all varietals are $12 per 1b glass jar plus shipping.

We can ship up to six 1lb glass jars for $13.45.  Prices subject to change.                      Dandelion    sold out

Black Locust sold out

Basswood

Japanese Knotweed

Fall Wildflower