The farm started its working life as a dairy, the old corrugated iron milking shed is still there, though now renovated and extended to become part of the cidery.
Penny and Graeme bought the property in 1997 and converted the cattle property to growing olives, later building a dedicated guest accommodation and establishing the apple orchard and cidery.
In 2000, with the help of friends and family, we planted 800 baby olive trees – Frantoio, Leccino & Pendolino, varieties that we thought would do well on the Peninsula. Around 500 more trees followed over the years. These Tuscan varieties make wonderful high polyphenol extra virgin olive oils which have won multiple awards.
In 2010 the cider journey began & an apple and pear orchard was planted. Our first cider was produced in 2014 and another few hundred heritage apple cider trees were planted in 2016.
Hart’s Farm apple cider is made from traditional English and French apple varieties & has won multiple awards. Our ciders are naturally fermented and bottle conditioned in a range of styles.
Cider, Olive Oil, Natural Fruit Cordials, Preserves are available at the Farmgate on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well as public holidays, by appointment and via our online store.
Graeme started sailing as a University student, but as a doctor, struggled to find the time to have his own boat until recently. In conjunction with daughter, Rachael, and brother in law Chris, they purchased and are renovating Meelup – Cole 23 keel boat - which will be participating in the twilight pursuit series and other events.
Graeme and Penny will be in Europe on a cider study tour for the next few weeks, but look forward to working with the Club to provide benefits to Members.
More details of sponsored events and benefits for Members to enjoy will be posted over the next 12 months.