Each hive and box of nine combs called a "super," where the bees make surplus honey that we harvest, is then unique to that location, hive and time period.
I thought how could I make honey that was closer to what the bees actually produced in a hive each season? I realized I had to leave each super of honey intact and bottle each one separately to preserve the essence of what the bees produce. The honey would be sold as raw unheated honey too, since heat damages the delicate flavors and unique medicinal properties of honey and is unnecessary. The idea of Single Source Honey was born at that moment, and the definition eventually became:
Raw Honey produced from a Single Hive from a Single Location and during a Single Time Period.
This means we only extract and keep intact the nine six-pound combs of honey in each super. Often times that honey was collected during a short two-week period during our Minnesota spring, summer and fall. Each jar then is a floral snapshot of some time and some place in Minnesota.
We produce about 1200 of those 36 pound supers each season. While other Beekeepers blend most of their honey into one big tank that takes much less time, we spend a crazy amount of effort extracting each one at a time. But we think it’s worth it, and are confident you can taste the difference in our Single Source Honeys. www.amesfarm.com