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We are known for our friendly service and pure natural honey, pollen and cut comb. 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.
Come and taste the latest release of local meads, bochets, melomels along with a light snack every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. Enjoy live music from the meadery stage! To view the menu check out www.ridgemeadery.ca.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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:
Our honey is minimally processed in small batches to ensure freshness and to preserve the living qualities of pure 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/).