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Te Horo Harvest

Set in conversations with the land, Te Horo Harvest’s lovingly crafted, organic artisan creations captivate our senses & spur strolls down Comfort-food Lane: a journey of orchards preserved in jars of delight.

Te Horo Harvest emerged of a classic narrative from Barbara Harford-Silas’ (multi-tasking mum, sublime cook, farmer, landscaper, design expert, etc.) son’s school fundraising-jam, to craft a small, local, bountiful business in a cook-up of artisan pleasures jamming for the tongue. Seasonal recipe adventures are Barbara’s forte: New Zealand spinach breeds in lush organic compost and spirals into pesto; marmalade trees; figs & olives tap in tapenade; mineral-rich, stone-people oracle Ōtaki River; fat worms echo soil’s bliss; curious duck pops up out of lush pasture under sky-lights and scrapping tuis; where recipes explore orchard-abundance and stun the palate.

Te Horo Harvest’s artisanal hundred-year-old (and then some) Toothsome Barn is a crone-dwelling palimpsest of flavoursome tales & creatures — wide-eyed to natives and it’s own engorged garden — a design youngling crafted from an old land of chuckling riverstones & flanked by fierce totara & other natives harbouring spiritual kin; and gracious kereru carrying the seed of regeneration. Magical nourishing of wonderful, curious orchard feasts. She swells, bottling an organic symbiosis of Mother Earth & the Hartford-Silas clan — a matriarch’s kaleidoscope of nectarous crops — a passionate embodiment of characters, creation & community. Her life thrives in sustainability; an altar of dedication enchants the soul in attentive & eclectic work. She defines the land’s glorious birthright as an organic farm bustling in blossoms. Flaunting her kitsch hives of honeybee-bottoms, she feeds happy trades-folk local adventures: tantalising visions in jars of avant-garde flavours.

My experience of Te Horo Harvest’s ‘Tree House Farm’ stems from an eager car-meander down rural, picturesque Otaki Gorge Road, to muck in for a day on site with Stephanie Wedge, Te Horo Harvest’s talented & passionate gardener and fellow co-oper. ‘Tree House’ harks rustic, but I’m biased, and rather pimp-up my fave: the stunningly re-designed Toothsome Barn who narrates back to an old settlement — barn-groovy stories I hope Barbara will scribe some day, to cherish Barn’s history. Toothsome Barn was bathing in sunlight, joyful in her final day of makeover completion: artistically unique and utterly gorgeous as a commercial kitchen. Her former chook-barn look crawled with manure and a cacophony of hens. Lapping up her spicy new gas-cooking bench, I was tickled to flutter amongst a communion of creative trades-/crafts-people — Greg, Hamish, Brendan, Chris & Barbara — adoring each other’s creations.

Heaven, I did spend a day…

Later followed a frolic toward Lettuceshare to order Clementine Whiskey Marmalade for my mum’s xmas yum.

Oh, yes, I do treat myself and Daughter to Raspberry Peach Jam & whipped cream on a Sunday pancake.

Vivienne Bailey of the Otaki Mail, (July issue, 2015), wrote a beautiful story on Barbara’s Te Horo Harvest (read here); a sensual anchor to the lively and productive relationship of Barbara, a creative life-force, and the inspiration of working — explorative grazing of what’s there to pick – with wholefoods nurturing her journey to the creation of Te Horo Harvest’s mouth-watering delights DreamCatcher Co-operative have available to us co-opers through Lettuceshare. Preferring not to repeat, nor compete, I’ve also included a link to the website of Te Horo Harvest. A free-ranging gallery for my love of others’ expression; a way for you to gather and explore the richness that mirrors the layers of story this playful, organic farm embodies.

Written by Gina-Marie

Local Suppliers

1. LovageLife (Plants)
2. Anita (Soap & felted goods)
3. CoralTree (Vinegar)
4. Hebe Botanicals (Coconut oil)
5. Te Horo Harvest (Perserves)
6. Windsor Park Orchard (Produce)
7. Common Property (Seedlings)
8. Kapiti Organics (Produce)
9. Peter Robson (Produce)
10. Prana Greens (Microgreens)
11. Apheleia (Skincare)
12. Reon’s Eggs (Eggs)
13. Applemedow (Produce)

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