Their honey is unheated and is without added rice or corn syrup. Seasonal varieties may include Grey Box, Messmate, Yellow Box, Red Gum and Manna Gum. The honey comes from hives which are migrated from Eltham and around the Green Belt, Yarra Valley to central Victoria, plus honey from rescued hives across Melbourne.
They also offer creamed honey, honeycomb, and a highly sought after local honey remedy for hay fever, sinus and pollen related asthma (see testimonials). Plus chai tea and bees wax candles.
Finally, as Bee Rescue, they also rescue bees across Melbourne from pest controllers.
There are six wicking garden beds plus a compost station with three large bins. There are plans to expand the garden to include some fruit trees.
The garden had previously fallen into disuse but since April 2019 has been under the care of small group of volunteers whose aim is to provide a space for locals to connect and learn through the process of growing food, as well as sharing the resulting harvest with the community.
The produce from the beds is free for everyone to harvest, promoting the concepts of a sharing economy, and the use of communal land for the production of fresh, local food.
The beds are managed according to organic principles and where possible utilise recycled or re-purposed materials. The compost program aims to capture organic waste from the adjacent Community Hub and from local community and business, keeping waste out of landfill and providing compost to sustain the garden.
Volunteers generally meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9.30am to plan or carry out work in the garden. Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.
Hurstbridge Deli & Larder is a delicatessen and kitchen offering home style cooked meals, lunches and coffee. They have lots of delicious food such as pasta (fresh homemade as well as dry and frozen), pasta sauces, antipasto, soft & hard cheeses, smoked products, frozen pies, pastries and a small range of specialty meats such as gammon, Irish sausages, steak & double smoked bacon. Much of their food is either homemade or locally sourced. They also do hampers, platters and catering for special occasions to suit all budgets.
They are open 6 days a week: Mon–Fri 8am–6.30pm and Sat 8.30am-6pm.
Local brands sold:A Local Baker St Andrews
Chef's Fine Food
Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Panton Hill Estate Olives
Sweets & Treats By Michael
Top Hundred Acres
Under The Pickle Tree
Nature's Harvest offers customers who have a preference to natural produce, a complete range of health food products and alternatives to conventional products found in everyday shopping outlets. It specialises in organic and biodynamic produce, grown in ways intended to protect wildlife and the environment. The store stocks a large range of products including organic and biodynamic meat & chicken, organic fruit and vegetables, flours, grains, nuts, local raw honey and freshly ground peanut butter, free of any oils, preservatives or contaminants. Local, free-range eggs, as well as a selection of yoghurts, cheese, tofu, dips, vitamins and health drinks, are also available for purchase. For those with specific dietary requirements, Nature's Harvest also offers a wide selection of gluten and wheat free products including cereals, flours, sweets, biscuits and grains.