Wineries that produce Haskap fruit wine, such as the Bee and Thistle Winery, grow a lot of haskap bushes. They require regular maintenance, care and attention. The home gardener can also grow Haskap bushes with basically the same care requirements but on a much smaller scale.Read More
This winter was a busy time at the winery. Peter completed a lot of construction work inside the winery building, while Margie completed the UC Davis Winemaking course and also completed several tasks required for our manufacturing license. The team worked with a design company and finalized what our first three fruit wine labels will look like.
Spring promises to be even busier.Read More
In July, 2018, the team completed its first full harvest. The custom harvester that was purchased from Poland worked extremely well. Local help was hired to assist on the harvester with sorting, and at the cleaning station.Read More
Bee & Thistle Berry Orchards started with their first planting of 10,000 bushes of Haskap (also called Honeyberry), with varieties of Indigo Gem, Tundra and Smart Berry Blue. In 2016, Aurora was added to the lineup.Read More
The Bee & Thistle Winery is planning to expand its offerings to include Cherry wine and liqueur. All of the Cherries will be grown on Collin’s Ravensfield Farm, located just down the road from the Bee & Thistle Winery and Orchards.
Every effort is made to sustain the wild bee population, with retention of treefall along the edges of the woods (wild bees nest in the treefall), and the placement of wild bee boxes for them to nest in.Read More
Haskap berries are best picked with a harvester specifically designed to protect both the fruit and the bush. In 2018, the Bee & Thistle Orchard purchased their custom-designed harvester, the Joanna Premium, through Weremczuk Agromachines, Poland. It has special attachments which enable the machine to work low to the ground, maximizing the harvest from each plant.Read More