Oh … those delicious take aways

All made in the own kitchen with ingredients fresh from the own land.


Tonight: Sunset Market again

Every last Friday of the month there is the Sunset Market on the Village Green. In January we participated for the first time. That was a great success followed by an even bigger success in February but than the market was combined with the annual (international) Bird Fair which attracted quite a crowd from all over.

Tonight we’ll be there again. Hope to see you there.

In our stall fresh produce from our own farm (Elandsvalley) and traditional meals like our bobotie and fish cakes. Oh … and honey from our own bees.

Sightseeing on the farm during a cloudy day

The first object one sees, entering the farm Elandsvalley in Stanford, South Africa is the old Bedford milk-truck. A stroll around the own restaurant Stanford Harvest is an eye-opener; even on a cloudy day the vistas are worthwhile. In the future we’ll show you around and you will get to know the farm a bit better. Once you visit us in person it might look different but than this is a growing farm. Here a few pictures made during a cloudy day.

Growing up with genetics

Athol McOnie grew up in a horticultural environment. It also explains his BsC Horticulture (Pietermaritzburg). His father was a geneticist involved in the seed production of especially sunflowers, sorghum, sweetcorn and babycorn. After selling his company Saffola Seeds he and Athol ran a farm together for 16 years; supplying Woolworths with veggies and other crops but still involved in further enhancing plant material. Athol is still experimenting with different own varieties on a few locations in South Africa. Climate and environment influence the quality of the end product. The art is to find the right variety for the right environment. Told you before; farming goes beyond science. It brings science alive. And that’s what you taste.

Elandsvalley farm in Stanford

Checking the sweetcorn


Elandsvalley Honey (Way to go)

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”  ― A.A. Milne, (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Stanford Valley is part of Elandsvalley Farm in the rural outskirts of Stanford, South Africa. The farm employs a few million bees gathering nectar and processing that naturally into honey. Partly the honey is collected in jars without the addition of preservatives (etc.) and for sale at Stanford Harvest. The majority of honey however is needed for the creation of mead; the ‘Drink of the Gods’ as it is known in ancient mythology.  But more about our mead cellar in the future.