The Hawkesbury region, about an hour’s drive north west of Sydney, was once the food bowl of the city. Between increasing residential developments and high land prices, its fertile farmland is nowadays being cultivated less and less.
Darling Mills Farm is a vibrant exception, tucked away in the town of Berrilee down a winding road peppered with eucalyptus trees and grazing horses. Run by the Adey family, the farm supplies its beautiful organic produce to some of Sydney’s best restaurants – think Quay and Sepia – growing ever so delicate specialty micro herbs and edible flowers like shiso cress, elderflower and coriander blossoms.
I spent the day chasing bees along never-ending rows of Szechuan pepper pods, trying to grab a shot during their fleeting pauses on flower petals, and chatting with the farm’s insanely lovely owners, Steve and Annie.