Forgotten Ridge Farm Honey –
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Honey is a direct product of its environment. Its taste depends on a couple of things.
Like a wine, location and timing are everything. The flavour of a honey is expressed via the sun, rain, wind, flora, soil and rocks of the area from which it is gathered.
Forgotten Ridge Farm Honey is a small apiary owned by Ken and Cathy Macken. The farm is located on one of the sandstone ridges that begins on the Hawkesbury River
and runs west to the foot hills of the Blue Mountains. Europeans first here in the mid 19th century. Along the creek flats, on hard scrabble farms they struggled to raise families and build a community.
Towards the end of the century, Europeans moved to the ridges, establishing stone fruit and citrus orchards. This small community made its living supplying Sydney with fruit and vegetables till 1950âs. After this time, the farms were gradually abandoned, the population declined and the ridge forgotten.
Farming along the Forgotten Ridge was never easy. Summers can be hard, hot and dry. The soil is either sandy or shale; always shallow and often poor. But this has also been the areaâs saving grace.
Today the bushland of the ridges and creek flats are virtually untouched. This bushland, along with abandoned fruit trees, introduced grasses and weeds provides wonderful year round forage for bees.
Season by season the honey gathered on the ridge changes. Sometimes the honey is spicy and citrus; other times fragrant and almost buttery. Always however, the honey is true to its particular time and unique to its place.
A true product of its environment, produced with love; you will taste the difference.
The honey is 1st grade (that is direct from the hive with no additives to keep it liquid) and so it can crystallise with a minute speck of wax or even a trapped air bubble. This is known as naturally crystallisedâ honey. Easy to spread on hot toast, won’t slide off !
To fix this, the jar can be placed in a microwave (remove metal lid) for between 1.5 - 2 min without damage to honey quality & it will return to a liquid state ready to reuse after cooling or placed in the hot sun until liquid again.