A little bit off road…

… but always on the way if you want a real farmer’s breakfast or lunch in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. After a 2-week break the restaurant doors open this Wednesday 3 June again and everybody is welcome to enjoy a hearty meal; enjoy the landscape, our livestock, the land and the gardens; watching birds, chill along the dam, taste mead, buy home made take-aways, meet Marley the farm/restaurant dog, buy or just admire the art, etc. etc..

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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