As native Coloradoans, we’re a little extra proud of our Colorado honey. Just like each of our 17 local varietals, it’s raw, unfiltered and made by bees and keepers on their own home turf. In this case, it just so happens to be right in our backyard, with pollens all throughout the state of Colorado.
On the bottle, you’ll see that it has notes of alfalfa, clover and wildflowers – common pollen sources with an uncommonly good taste when they come together on the eastern plains, western slopes and Rocky Mountains. Like most local Colorado honeys, ours is on the lighter side, made with a variety of pollens from Colorado’s native plants. Since it’s up to each bee to choose which flowers they visit, every batch of honey will have some slight variations, but we trust the bees when it comes to choosing which local pollens to pursue. After all, they’re the experts.
Alfalfa, a legume in the pea family, is considered the best source of hay for livestock feed. The acres upon acres of alfalfa growing in Colorado provide bees a dependable, delicious pollen source just before it’s harvested every two to three months. Also in the pea family, Clover has a long history of healing damaged soil and feeding livestock, leading to its abundance across the Great Plains. Unlike clover and alfalfa, which are often produced by bees visiting massive farms of the stuff, wildflower relies on the beekeeper’s knack for finding the exact right spot to place their hives. Sometimes, moving just a few miles down the road can lead bees to new varieties of flowers and a noticeable change in their honey’s flavor.
Our Colorado honey started when our founder, L.R. Rice, started selling local honey door to door. Four generations and nearly 100 years later, we are proud to be able to continue to bring the unique sweetness of our Colorado honey to communities across the country. It’s the same honey we had on our tables growing up, and we know it will find a place on yours as well.