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From the apiary
Our honey story
Our apiaries help to pollinate our diverse pasture, our native regenerative planting, and our market garden. This honey is a symbiosis between bees, wetland fauna, cows and us – all relying on one another to thrive.
The bees can collect from any number of flower sources in the diverse, organic pasture, the wetland and elsewhere in the Horahora and Maungatautari districts. Nectar (which the bees turn into honey) could come from the likes of; buttercup, white clover, red clover, Californian thistle, Scottish thistle, ragwort, dandelion, chicory, plantain, birdsfoot trefoil, self heal, ti kōuka (cabbage tree), Mānuka, Kānuka, gorse and harakeke (flax). As such, floral notes are seasonal and the 2018 harvest has prominent notes of blood orange, jasmine and rose hip.
For more on our transition to having bees on the farm, head here. Thank you for supporting responsible farming that’s a change for good.
We have a small batch of 200 jars of raw honey from the 2018 harvest. Because we have a diverse pasture and significant wetland area, the bees can draw on a range of nectar sources. We like to think of it as honey every day, not everyday honey. This means each jar looks slightly different and we think this only makes the honey more beautiful to look at and taste. The glass jars were sourced in New Zealand and carefully selected for their sturdiness and strong lines. We encourage you to reuse your jar after you’ve enjoyed your honey.
Details: 300 grams // raw New Zealand honey // due to it being winter, your honey may arrive hard. If you prefer a more runny honey, we suggest leaving in the sun for a few hours, to soften // for more images, head to Instagram and use the hashtag #olmhoneyjar
Honey Pot & Jar
Local artist and potter Margi Nuttall has handcrafted a small batch of stoneware pots. The design was carefully considered over almost a year-long process and both the design and glaze will be adapted for every harvest. For 2018, we have gone with a more traditional shape, referencing the horizontal lines, quite often found on the farm.
The clay is sourced domestically and has been mixed with clay from the farm. The pots were fired to 1250ºC, to create a look and density that is stone-like and is much stronger than earthenware clays. A domestic glaze called ‘pearl white’ has been used and is slightly translucent, which reveals the clay underneath.
While every effort has been made for the pots to resemble each other, no two pots are the same and each lid has been crafted to fit the pot it is pared with. Metal utensils can cause honey to crystalise, so Margi has created spoons as a perfect accessory for the honey pot.
These two were made to go together. Our jar of honey perfectly decants into our pot, meaning you can enjoy displaying your honey pot on the kitchen table. We think of it as honey every day, not everyday honey.
Pot details: diameter approx. 7 cm // height approx. 16 cm // weight approx. 400 g // stoneware contains no lead or chemicals // pots have a glazed outer and inner, with unglazed rim // spoons have an un-glazed handle and glazed head // clean with detergent and water // dishwasher safe, but don’t place the spoon and pot together // take care not to drop on hard surfaces // all materials safe for domestic use // for more images, head to Instagram and use the hashtag #olmhoneypot
Jar details: 300 grams // raw New Zealand honey // due to it being winter, your honey may arrive hard. If you prefer a more runny honey, we suggest leaving in the sun for a few hours, to soften // for more images, head to Instagram and use the hashtag #olmhoneyjar
OLMH Gift Box
This is a celebration of all the things we’ve achieved together so far. Nestled inside is our jar of honey, our OLMH x Margi Nuttall pot & spoon, a wax food wrap made with our first OLMH Offcut Project collaborator Goodchild Studio, as well as a postcard featuring Plantgirl’s 2018 honey jar poster. Boxes are customisable, so get in touch to talk about your gift.
Details: 1 x 300 gram glass jar of raw New Zealand honey // 1 x stoneware pot, lid and spoon // 1 x medium cotton poplin 130 GSM wax food wrap using reused commercial beeswax // 1 x A6 OLMH postcard // to ensure everything arrives in one piece, we’ve used our pop starch to pad the bottom and top of the box. When you receive them, just take the pop starch off the top // for more images, head to Instagram and use the hashtag #olmhgiftbox
From the garden
Takahue Red Garlic
A New Zealand heritage, or heirloom variety that’s great for cooking and remedial purposes, with fat red or pink-skinned cloves. It’s presumed to be an old Dalmatian variety, and our bulbs were from a grower who had purchased from heritage food plant collectors, the Koanga Institute in Wairoa. While our garden hasn’t yet gone through formal certification, the garlic was grown organically (June 2017 – January 2018 season). To read more about our garlic, head here.
Details: 200 grams // organic (not yet certified) // for more images, head to Instagram and use the hashtag #olmhtakahue
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