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COVID-19 Shop Protocol
Driveway Kiosk pickup during COVID-19

For safe shopping please kindly buy online and pickup from the farm gate kiosk. You can also pay via email transfer to farmgate@circlinghawkfarm.com. When opening the kiosk please only touch the items you intend to purchase.

Hand sanitizer is in the kiosk, we wipe the kiosk down regularly. You can also tap your credit\debit card but you'll need to ring the door bell at the house for tap. If the honey is frozen in the kiosk it will thaw out once you take it home without harming the honey or the jar.

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Our customers say we have the best honey they've ever tasted. We tend to agree. It's all natural, local, raw, and unpasteurized. We are known for our friendly service and pure natural honey, pollen and cut comb. We keep bees because they are the most fascinating insects alive and they need our help. 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. Three generations are involved in the farm and it's our mission to responsibly grow quality managed pollinators and to provide the freshest and finest honey in Ontario.

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 in the areas of Richmond Hill, Stouffville, King City, Markham, Aurora, Toronto, East Gwillimbury or York region.
If you have a farm property or other acreage and would like to host a honeybee yard please let us know. We are registered farmers and may be able to help reduce your property taxes through a 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

Order Your Bees

It's time to order your Nucs and queens for the spring. We produce top quality nuc's and queen honeybees for local pickup.

4 frame Ontario Nuc

Order your ORHBS Circling Hawk Nucs now

View of a CHF queen bee

Order your ORHBS Circling Hawk Queens now. Photo of one of our Circling Hawk Queens by Steve Somerville Richmond Hill Liberal, Jul 01, 2019

Bridal Shower 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

Honeybee Experience Farm Tour

Give the gift of knowledge with a gift certificate for a summer farm tour.
For more on our popular honey farm experience tours:
Farm tours Page

Farm view from Google Earth Farm tour activity honeybees Honey extraction in progress A rainbow on the farm Bee visit

Events Update

Here are some of the events we have planed

Doors Open Richmond Hill Event-Postponed

Free tours of the farm!

Don't miss free guided walking tours of the Circling Hawk bee yards, fruit orchards, horse paddocks and honey extraction & bottling areas.

Doors Open Richmond Hill is an event that supports cultural sites in the community to open their doors to everyone. This free event is part of Doors Open Ontario, launched in 2002 by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19

Healthy Yards Richmond Hill-Postponed

Healthy Yards Richmond Hill

Circling Hawk Farm will have our live bee display again this year at the Healthy Yards Richmond Hill

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19

Learn to Beekeep!

Grab your hat a veil, we'll be hosting 2 educational, hands-on workshops that will be delivered by the Technology Transfer Program team that is part of the Ontario Beekeepers Association this spring.

Beekeeping Workshop by the OBA

Introductory Beekeeping

The Introductory Beekeeping Workshop provides information for the beginner beekeeper. This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants of all experience levels are welcome.

Topics include basic honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, working in the bee colony, seasonal beekeeper responsibilities, harvesting and extracting honey and preparing bee colonies for winter. Each participant will receive a copy of the Ontario Beekeeping Manual.

Date is June 20th, register at https://www.ontariobee.com/outreach/workshops/springworkshops

Pest Management for Beekeepers

This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop or course and/or have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending.

Topics include pest and disease biology and identification, monitoring for pests and diseases, record keeping, treatments and integrated pest management. Each participant will receive a copy of the Integrated Pest Management for Beekeeping in Ontario Manual.

Date is June 21st, register at https://www.ontariobee.com/outreach/workshops/springworkshops

Tech-Transfer Program

The mandate of the TTP is to conduct research for Ontario’s beekeeping industry, to facilitate a honey bee breeding program in Ontario and to transfer information, skills and methodologies to the beekeepers.

Beekeeping Workshop by the OBA

Ways to Help Pollinators

National Pollinator Week Kicks off June 17th

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. This year it starts June 17th. Stay tuned for an event we are planing!

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 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.

Basswood Honey

Abundant basswood trees (Tilia Americana) 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

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 Farm
13433 Leslie Street Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 1A2
Tel:(289) 809-4360

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