A tiny market, right in the city next to the old Court and National School of Arts, with less than a dozen stalls where you can have breakfast with good coffee, cakes and juices, as well as buying a very limited choice of vegetables, flowers and other goodies. Good idea, but it needs more stalls and better promotion to draw the crowds!
The Urban Beehive was dreamed up by two bee fans (Doug and Vicky) who met through the NSW Beekeepers Association and decided things were getting serious with bees.
Vicky Brown started beekeeping 15 years ago and has worked in several areas around Australia. She began her career on Kangaroo Island; bee sanctuary and home to the Ligurian Honeybee. Keeping bees in an urban environment has been a long-time dream for Vicky. As one half of The Urban Beehive, she has had the pleasure to maintain apiaries all across Sydney and enjoys teaching courses and giving talks to raise awareness about earths major pollinators. Vicky's experience and love for bees has encouraged her to meet with urban beekeepers at home and around the world and she is happy to be a part of a growing international community of passionate rooftop apiarists.
Doug started in beekeeping a few years ago when he read about the worldwide bee decline and decided to do his bit. Joining his then local beekeeping association at Sutherland, he ended up getting involved with the NSW Amateur Beekeepers Association of which he is currently president. With Doug based in inner-city Darlinghurst, it made sense to also set up a Sydney Central branch of the association which he did in 2012. Doug can build or fix anything which is very usefull in beekeeping where gadgets constantly need inventing read his blog herehttp://www.thebeevangelist.com.au
Watkins Orchard has been a family-owned and managed operation since 1836 with the current orchard established at Wisemans Ferry in 1901 – the year of Federation – by John’s great great grandfather, Alfred Watkins.
Come and meet his grandson John Watkins. We grow Imperial, Hickson and Emperor mandarins on our land through the winter months.
We also grow cumquats which are picked from the middle of July.
The orchard is open for fruit picking on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. We are a member of Freshcare, a safe food program, which enables us to meet the large supermarkets requirements for food safety.
Kiwi Down Under Farm is a 25 acre Biodynamic/Organic fruit farm. Marguerite and Tom Hackett have owned and operated their farm since 1982 when they started growing and selling kiwifruit commercially using organic and biodynamic practices. (hence the name).
Marguerite and Tom had such continual interest from the general public in their farm and farming practices they decided in 1992 to open their beautiful farm to tourism and established a restaurant on the farm greeting and serving thousands of guests, educating and demonstrating the use of seasonal, quality organic produce from their farm to their plates. Success was acknowledge having received over 21 tourism awards for excellence, state and nationally.
In 2006 Marguerite and Tom closed their farm to the public dedicating their time to the farm and the organic industry. They have continued to be farmers of kiwifruit plus a large variety of other produce including bananas, mangoes, tamarillos, citrus, garlic and much more. Kiwi Down Under Farm supplies the Australian market with magnificent kiwifruit each year and have done so for the past 30 years. Marguerite and Tom have been actively involved in the organic industry over these years and have reinvented their farm to now include accommodation and opened once again to the public.
ALTO OLIVES: ALTO From Latin: altus: high
Take sunshine, clean country air, constant warm days and cool nights – add professional grove management and a dash of ingenuity – and you have ALTO Olives.
The foothills of Australia’s Great Dividing Range are home to ALTO Olives, a dynamic family enterprise producing a diverse portfolio of exceptional quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Table Olives.
The picturesque ALTO estate comprises 15,000 olive trees of different European origin varieties, each chosen for particular attributes – suitability to the climate, oil yield, quality and consistency. The varieties cultivated include Arbequina, Black Italian, Correggiola, Frantoio, Hardy’s Mammoth, Kalamata, Koroneiki, Leccino, Ligurian, Manzanilla, Nevadillo Blanco, Pendolino and Volos.
You can bring your own container to fill up with the particularly good Robusta EVOO, which I did, as I was running out of my favourite and less expensive La Barre, who comes only once a month.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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