Farm Produce

We are always striving to sustain a truly organic environment at our farm and became fully certified organic in 2012. All our plants are root-fed with earthworm water from our own earthworm farm and we use compost and mulch. This is complemented by systemically applying compost teas and adding stinging nettles, comfrey, chamomile and yarrow to activate the compost.

Organic Principles
We are always striving to sustain a truly organic environment at our farm and became fully certified organic in 2012. All our plants are root-fed with earthworm water from our own earthworm farm and we use compost and mulch. This is complemented by systemically applying compost teas and adding stinging nettles, comfrey, chamomile and yarrow to activate the compost.

The Vineyard Strategy
Similarly, our vineyards are straw-mulched to retain moisture in the soil, resulting in a saving of up to 40% water usage as well as suppressing weeds in the vineyards. We do not use any chemical fertilisers or pesticides on The Drift Farm, rather preferring compost as a fertiliser.

Lupin Cover
We use lupins as cover corps to improve the soil and when necessary, for control of vine disease, our vineyards are sprayed with natural sprays, approved for organic and biodynamic productions. We also have an agreement with our neighbours that they do not use chemical sprays on the adjoining land.

Heirloom Vegetables
Heirloom vegetables are varieties that were widely available centuries ago, but that have become rare in the age of modern large-scale agriculture and mass cultivation of only a handful of seed varieties. These old charmers are making a comeback, giving us a glimpse of life in earlier times and the genetic diversity that was available on the planet before mass production.

Open-pollinated
Heirlooms are always open-pollinated, meaning their seeds have been saved year after year to preserve certain characteristics. This makes it possible to grow the exact same type of tomatoes your grandparents grew in the garden when you were little.

More Tasty
Common modern vegetable varieties have their advantages as they are often more disease resistant and their fruits are more uniform. But they’re almost always far less tasty or interesting than most heirloom varieties, which come in wonderful shapes and colours.

More Variety
Just think of the humble tomato. Supermarkets mainly sell salad or red cherry tomatoes, and sometimes if you’re lucky oval Rosa tomatoes. But heirlooms come in a variety of shapes and colours: big or small, smooth or grooved or striped, round or oval or pear shaped, or in red, orange, pink, purple, yellow, green and white, and they can vary in taste and hardiness.

We’re privileged to be able to bring you a variety of interesting heirloom vegetables. And watch this space, there is more to come!

Organic Produce
Available to guests & through retail outlets.

Organic Onions
For many decades, The Drift farm has specialised in the production of delicious, nutritious onions. This farming tradition stretches back to WWII when an Italian Prisoner of War was interned on the farm, and brought with him vegetable growing expertise from his homeland.

Shortly after arriving on the farm, he identified the land to the east of the Villa as perfect for the production of onions. With a predominance of decomposed Table Mountain sandstone, this sandy, well-drained soil is unlike any other soil on the farm and, to our knowledge, only found in the small valley between us and our neighbours, Fairfield.

The perfect soil is one thing, but it is the climate, slope and aspect that really make this small area so remarkable for the production of astounding quality onions. A gently sloping, north-facing 10ha field forms part of a valley that channels the summer South-Easter wind. This wind also allows us to grow onions organically.

Opposite this gentle slope is a steep, high valley wall, which not only contributes to the wind tunnel effect, but also shelters the field from the harsh north-westerly wind. At an altitude of about 370m to 380 m this part of the farm is cool, but dry – the perfect conditions for intensely-flavoured, rather special onion production.

Overberg Highland old-timers still talk with fondness and warmth about the amazing quality of onions The Drift farm pioneered. The farm became famous as a result, and the onions were sought after, not only in the region, but as far away as Cape Town!

Today, our distinctively packaged, organically-grown onions are available throughout South Africa in selected supermarkets, from selected independent retailers, as well as overseas. [contract]

Where to Buy
The Drift Organic Onions are available from the following outlets…
• Houw Hoek Farmstall
• Pick n’ Pay

Olive Oil
On the slopes of the majestic Akkedisberg in the Overberg Highlands stands a few small groves of wind-swept olive trees, all planted on different soil types. Allowed to grow without interference from man-made chemicals, the olive trees produce the most delicately-balanced, intensely-flavoured olives.

Once cold pressed, the oil from these olives is allowed to settle clear naturally – we do not believe in filtering the oil. The oil is then drawn off the sediment and bottled using gravity.

Bringing together Tuscany’s fruity Frantoio notes and mild, sweet Leccino flavours, and combining it with the familiar table-side taste of California’s Mission olives, our olive oil delivers a delicate balance of classic aromas and subtle tastes.

Our family farm is wind-swept, breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect home for happy olive trees. This natural, but quite extreme environment produces oil that is also remarkably long-lived.

Where to Buy
The Drift Olive Oil is available from the following outlets…
• Houw Hoek Farmstall
• Oakhurst Farm Stall
• Gogo’s meat and biltong deli

Honey
The bee hives for this remarkable honey are placed high up along the north-facing, fynbos-covered Akkedisberg Mountain range between 500m and 650m above sea level in the spectacularly beautiful Overberg Highlands.

Our neighbour and World-Renowned Erica specialist, Oom Thys de Villiers, cares for the endemic bees. Some hives are so remote it takes half a morning's walk to reach them. Obviously, there is only a limited amount we can produce - about 300 jars a year.

Taking into account the predominant kloof-funnelled winds, mountain streams and ancient Haseqwa settlements, Oom Thys has a specific philosophy of placing the hives to ensure amazing tasting, healthy, honey. You will taste the vitality and the difference.

We are in the process of certifying our honey as organic. Enjoy and be healthy!

Where to Buy
The Drift Honey is available from the following outlets…
• Houw Hoek Farmstall
• Oakhurst Farm Stall
• Gogo’s meat and biltong deli

Verjuice
Verjuice is made from very early harvested grapes - Shiraz to be precise. Prior to the introduction of the lemon to Europe, verjuice was used to acidify sauces, deglaze, marinate, add zing to salad dressings and zip to risottos.

Once you’ve discovered the mouth-watering versatility of verjuice, you’ll never look back. It’s like lemon juice, just more subtle and more flavourful.

Where to Buy
The Drift Verjuice is available from the following outlets…
• Houw Hoek Farmstall
• Vindigo
• Wild Peacock
• Raith Gourmet
• Coco Bella
• Red Windmill Farmstall and Nursery
• Wine & Company

James Mitchell’s Gone Fishing Cider
Traditions are important. My grandfather had a recipe for a pure cider, a taste of a simpler life contained in a shining golden liquid. It was nature’sbest made without interference by man-made chemicals, and we have done our utmost to stay true to his original recipe with our James Mitchell’s Gone Fishing Cider.

We start the cider-making process by hand-picking a secret combination of apple varieties from the spectacular, cool mountain orchards of the breathtaking Elgin Valley. We rinse each apple before it is pressed in a lovingly restored, age-old “Bucher” cider press. The juice resulting from this first press is then immediately gravity-settled before we start the traditional, preservative-free cold fermentation process. Our particular combination of oak barrels and small tanks ensures an intriguing complexity and sparkling freshness that modern cider-making processes simply cannot match.

To bring out the Elgin-specific balance of flavours, we then condition our cider on its lees in a chilled tank for a further six months. And, finally, we bottle our time-honoured cider without the addition of any flavourants or aroma enhancers.

This is the way my grandfather, James Mitchell, did it, and we proudly continue this fine tradition of making great-tasting apple cider the natural way.

Where to Buy
The Drift James Mitchell’s Gone Fishing Cider is available from the following outlets…
• Alexander Bar & Cafe
• El Burro
• Dorp Street Deli
• Houw Hoek Farmstall
• Le Fournil De Plett Bakery & Cafe
• Linden Discount Liquors
• Tops @ Cape Quarter Food Spar
• Roeland Liquors

The Drift
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