Spring has sprung! Which means the bees are making their first trips out of the hive to visit all of the trees and flowers starting to bloom. Wildflowers have already started to peak out of the ground. Later this spring the locust tree will begin to bloom with small white clusters of flowers. The basswood tree will begin to bloom in late May with fragrant yellow and white flowers. In June the tulip poplar will blossom with small tulip-like yellow and green flowers. Blackberries and blueberries will begin to bloom in June as well. Last but not least, the Sourwood Tree will bloom from the beginning of July into early August, showing off beautiful long clusters of white flowers.
The Sourwood Tree has perhaps the most celebrated blossoming period of all (in large part due to the deliciousness of Sourwood Honey), culminating in the Sourwood Festival every year in Black Mountain. This year the festival will be held from Friday August 7th to Sunday August 9th; 2015 will be 38th annual Sourwood Festival in Back Mountain, North Carolina, with more and more people attending every year. The family friendly festival sports live music, dancing, arts and crafts, rides, and more. The Sourwood Festival hosts several arts and foods vendors, with a little something for everyone: BBQ, vegetarian cuisine, funnel cakes, and most of all gourmet sourwood honey! And even better: admission to the Sourwood Festival is free!
Planning for the Sourwood Festival has already begun so if you would like to become a vendor or would like more information check out sourwoodfestival.com!
From now until the Sourwood Festival rolls around, it looks like we’ll have something new and beautiful blooming every week! This means new honeys here at the Asheville Bee Charmer, so stop in every so often as you count down to Sourwood Honey season!
If you would like to buy Sourwood Honey, click here: Asheville Bee Charmer Sourwood Honey
Where: Black Mountain, North Carolina