Hawthorne Hill Farm is a lovely little slice of paradise, located in the North East of beautiful Tasmania. It's been home to Mary and Jason Henderson from late in 2010, since we escaped the North West suburbs of Sydney.
We came to Tasmania with a dream of a cleaner, quieter life. We wanted to be able to grow most of our own food, breathe clean air and drink clean water. The dream really is coming true!
Hawthorne has been used around the world for centuries for it's believed health benefits. It was likely to have been introduced to Tasmania for use as a hedgerow plant. We were completely unfamiliar with this wonderful plant until we came across a large copse on the hill on our farm. A little research and experimentation, combined with Mary's flair for creating delicious treats produced this marvellous gourmet fruit paste.
Mary felt sad that her Father couldn’t partake of her lovely paste, due to his diabetes. This inspired her to find a way of making the paste without using cane sugar and so, her range of Sugar Free products began. We now make a range of jams, pastes, spreads, relishes and marmalade using absolutely no cane sugar, no artificial colours, no artificial flavours, no animal products, no gluten, no dairy and no eggs.
For many years,the focus of the farm has been the breeding of beef cattle, but we've decided to try a few different things.
We're beginning to have some success with growing fruit and vegetables. We've been blessed with some very mature apple, apricot, pear and plum trees. In fact, we believe that the oldest of the trees, a gnarly old plum tree is likely to be one of the first fruit trees planted in the area. Over the last few years, we've planted cherry varieties, plum varieties, damsons, peaches, nectarines, blue berries, almonds and lilly pillies.
We run a small herd of beef cattle, 9 girls and 3 young boys. We're aiming for a maximum herd size of about a dozen breeding girls. We’ve added a few dairy breed girls to keep us in milk, once they come of age.
We have a small flock of Gold Laced Wyandotte chooks who work hard supplying us with eggs and keep the bugs at bay. They do a pretty good job, too!
We are regular stall holders at the Evandale Sunday markets, where we showcase our products, run our take-away food van and meet meet our customers. For visitors and locals alike, this is a great artisan market that features local produce, handcrafted goods, antiques and bric a brac.