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    arial photo of the farm
    Pic of Bee yards center left straight rows (for honeybee mating) and right side curved rows (honey production).

    We are known for our friendly service and pure natural honey, cheesecake, and mead. We take great care in the health and wellbeing of the millions of bees we manage and we use only ethical beekeeping practices. Our bees forage on the wilds of the Oak Ridges Moraine on abundant blossoms of alfalfa, clover, buckthorn, golden rod and many other wildflowers which makes an assortment of beautiful honey. Most of our bee colonies make way more honey then they need so we can safely remove some without harming them. Three generations are involved in the farm and it's our mission to responsibly grow quality managed pollinators in an ethical way and to provide the freshest and finest honey in Ontario.

    Mead Tasting Events

    Come and taste the latest release of local meads on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Saturdays we offer live music, local art, on and around the Ridge Meadery stage.

    • Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm
    • No cover charge
    • Live entertainment & art
    • Bring your own lawn chair or blanket

    • Local art or food vendors please contact us

    Happy group of mead tasters.

    Haskap berry mead - our best selling product.

    Chill with a Mojito Mead on a hot summer day.

    Come and discover your favorite Meads at our tasting events every Saturday.

    Live music & art showings every Saturday afternoon along with mead flights and charcuteries. Come visit York Regions' first commercial honey winery. We are proud to partner with the Markham Arts Council and Central Counties Tourism to bring quality live music to our community. Free parking and country air. Tables are first to come or bring your own lawn chair sit back and enjoy the tunes, country air, and of course the mead! Dogs must be on a leash at all times. No outside coolers. Talented musicians are encouraged to message us below if you'd like to play our venue.

    Here is the line-up of talent scheduled to hit the Ridge Meadery stage:

    August 13th - Spiral Theory: 2:30 to 5:00pm

    August 20th - Missouri Boggs Coalition: 2:30 to 5:00pm

    August 27th - Monkey Wrench 2:30 to 5:00pm

    September 3rd - Falsies: 2:30 to 5:00pm

    September 10th - Jimmy and the Buzz: 2:30 to 5:00pm

    September 17th - The Fabulous Trash Pandas: 2:30 to 5:00pm


    Support generously provided by:
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    Become a Honeybee Hostel

    We are looking for land owners who would like to join us in growing our managed pollinators. Managed pollinators like honeybees are needed as native pollinators are in decline primarily from the lack of forage area and pesticide use. If you are interested in helping us by hosting bees on your large property please contact us. Our honeybee yard location requirements are as follows:

    • An area that is 30 meters (100') from a property line or roadway (might be OK along a boundary between two farm fields)
    • Full sun or only partly shaded
    • Accessible by truck in the months of May through October
    • Not visible from a roadway (ok if fenced)
    • At least 50 long by 10 feet wide'.
    • Located anywhere in York region including the areas of Richmond Hill, Stouffville, King City, Kettleby, Markham, Aurora, Toronto, East Gwillimbury.
    If you have a farm property or other acreage and would like to host a honeybee yard please let us know. We are registered Ontario farmers and can help towards your farm credit. You will also get some beautiful honey and we'll custom label it for you. When you host honeybees you will also notice your fruit trees produce way more!

    View of a CHF Apairy 2019

    Bee yard view

    Cheesecakes Yummy!

    Latest farm fresh product we offer are homemade cheesecakes. We try to keep a few in stock at all times at the farm gate kiosk or for larger orders use the Order Form here. Drop by the farm any day of the week to see the selection of farm fresh cheesecakes including Haskap Berry & Lemon or Salted Honey with Raspberry. Both cakes are made from topings grown locally under our Circling Hawk. more

    Keyliime Cheesecake

    Key-lime Cheesecake in 4-1/2 inch (11.7 cm)

    Haskap Berry & Lemon Cheesecake

    Haskap Berry & Lemon Cheesecake in 4 inch (10.1 cm)

    Order for your special event using this form

    Bridal Shower or Wedding Gifts

    Why not use local honey for your wedding or bridal shower favours. Quotes & pricing here. Drop by the farm any day of the week to see the selection of custom labels & jars we carry and don't forget to taste our delicious local honey! More on our gift jar page.

    Bridal shower gifts

    Gift Jars with honey dippers

    Wedding Favours gifts

    Hex Gift Jars

    Farm Wedding Venue

    We host farm weddings. Our outdoor wedding venue can accommodate up to 120 people under a 30 foot clear span tent. Plenty of parking, firm level grounds, very private for your guests, live music, your ceremony and pictures. Make your day memorable with local honey favours, honey wines, all with nature under a tent with nearby orchards & horses. Drop by the farm to meet with a planner and see the space.

    Farm wedding tent

    Farm wedding local honey

    Wedding venue

    We are a Harvest Host

    We host RV's in association with Harvesthosts.com. Plenty of overnight parking for your RV on firm level grass. Live music on Saturdays, picnic area, mead tastings and more. No utility hookups.

    Harvest Hosts

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    Honeybee Experience Farm Tour or Beekeeping 101

    Give the gift of knowledge with a gift certificate for a summer farm tour or beekeeping workshop.
    We offer both a laid back honey farm experience tours as well as intensive 1 hour beekeeping learning workshops:
    tours and workshop page

    Farm tour activity honeybees Honey extraction in progress A rainbow on the farm Bee visit

    Ways to Help Pollinators

    National Pollinator Week occurs in June and is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

    Researchers are working hard to understand the declining bee populations. Some of the issues effecting all pollinators are reduced forage areas, pesticides, parasites, and pathogens. Ways that you can help are as follows:

    • Buy LOCAL honey to support your local beekeeper
    • Learn more about where your food comes from
    • Consider hosting bees or becoming a beekeeper
    • Plant a pollinator friendly garden, its best to plant lots of just a few varieties of blooming native plants
    • Don't use chemicals to kill weeds, leave the dandelions
    • Use pesticides only when absolutely necessary and follow label instructions
    • Bees are thirsty, consider keeping a birdbath with clean water and place a flat stone in it. Bees will land on the stone and drink from there
    • If you see a swarm of honeybees call a local beekeeper to collect them, swarms rarely survive without our help.
    It's estimated that 75% of major food crops benefit from pollinators and that honeybees are responsible for 80% of all insect pollination.

    Stuff Our Bees Make Honey From

    Our honey is minimally processed in small batches to ensure freshness and to preserve the living qualities of pure honey.

    Wildflower Honey

    Wild flowers contribute a considerable amount of pollen and nectar to our honey. Wildflowers predominant in our area are Blackeyed Susan, Milkweed, Dogwood, Goldenrod & Aster. Our wildflower honey is a light honey. Every year it changes with what blooms are produced by what plants. Rainfall and weather affect what plants are produced and are therefore used to make wildflower honey. If the honey is not single sourced (ie goldenrod, etc.), it is simply called wildflower honey.

    Back Eyed Susan Flower with Honeybee

    Clover Honey

    White Dutch and Red clover is also abundant near the hives as it grows extremely well near and in horse paddocks. Over 100 horses live near the bees foraging territory this creates a great deal of clover. The clover in our clover honey includes white clover, alsike clover, plus white and yellow sweet clover. Clover contributes to the sweet, flowery flavor and a pleasing mild taste.

    White Clover in bloom

    Basswood Honey

    Abundant basswood trees (Tilia Americana, a type of Linden) as well as the following tree varieties are within the bees foraging range: linden, maple, locust, apple, cherry, willow, buckthorn and sumac. We always extract honey directly after the basswood trees bloom. This gives the summer honey a delicate minty flavour unique to our area.

    Basswood Tree for Honeybee in bloom

    Buckthorn Honey

    In early summer we have a huge number of blooming Common (European) Buckthorn trees along our fence lines. In mid summer this gives the honey an oaky-nutty flavour. We also have two cultivated Sea Buckthorn groves. Sea Buckthorn is a superfood and a source of vitamin B12 and abundant minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium. Sea buckthorn has been used in both Chinese and Indian medicines for many years. You can find Sea Buckthorn in your health-food store in the form of healing face creams. We sell the berries in season(late summer).

    Sea Buckthorn in bloom

    Haskap or Honeyberry

    HASKAP is the Japanese name for Lonicera caerulea. It has also been known as ‘Blue Honeysuckle’, ‘Honeyberry’, ‘Edible Honeysuckle’ and ‘Sweet Berry Honeysuckle’. When translated into English, it is sometimes spelled as Hascap, Haskaap and Hasukappu. We have three well established groves of Haskap growing on the farm. These are absolutely the most amazing berries. They bloom in early June and fruit in mid to late June. Yummy! We will be planting another Haskap grove (maybe two!) this summer.

    A yummy bowl of honeyberry

    Alfalfa Honey

    The honeybees at Circling Hawk Farm are surrounded by hundreds of acres of hay and pasture fields. We manage a large field to the east of the hives and the neighboring farms manage fields to the north and south. These hay fields are pesticide free and contain a mix of native grasses, timothy, fescue, plus lots of alfalfa which produces a large amount of nectar which is highly attractive to the bees and from which our honeybees produce excellent crops of high quality honey. Alfalfa honey is white or extra light amber in color with a fine flavor. Alfalfa honey is widely accepted as a perfect table honey for everyday use.

    Hay Fields in bloom

    Buckwheat Honey

    Our Buckwheat honey is an amber colour and is not jet black (nor bitter) like some Buckwheat's are known to be. To make this special honey the bees found and foraged on a nice mix of Buckwheat flowers and clover blossoms along with other wildflowers.

    Buckwheat Blossom with a honeybee

    Acacia Honey

    Black Locust honey, also called Acacia Honey in Europe, is a deliciously fragrant honey. In some years our bees bring in lots of Black Locust pollen and nectar during early summer. These plants don't bloom every year.

    Black Locust Bloom

    Local Honeybee Artwork

    Here are some really great pictures of paintings were done by local artists--all artwork is either of our farm or the paintings were done with beeswax from Circling Hawk Farm. Special thanks to the very talented and artistic gals Mari Nicolson (https://www.marinicolson.com/) and Anna Rosa (https://www.ponderosafineartgallery.com/).

    Painting of Live Bees at Work by Mari Nicolson

    Painting of honeybees By Anne Rosa

    Painting of farm gate entrance my Mari Nicolson

    Circling Hawk Honey Farm & Meadery
    13433 Leslie Street Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 1A2
    Tel:(289) 809-4360

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