“The honey ice-cream started because we had an opening day for the new Farm Gate and Mum wanted to have something special to sell, so she made honey ice-cream and we sold out. It was such a hit everyday since then we've had to make ice-cream,” Sharon says.
“I had someone show me his Lonely Planet guidebook once, and it said, “you’d swim through the Backstairs Passage” to get one of our ice-creams.”
“We’ve got something that's really special in the world,” Bev adds.
Both sisters agree that the beauty of being in a family business is that you’ve always got each other’s back, and with their husbands helping out by coming up with new ways to bring their product offering to life, it’s a true family fiasco.
“Yeah we’re just like one person, but two of us,” Bev smiles. “My kids and Sharon’s kids have grown up here.”
“Living on a farm,” Sharon says.
“Living on honey ice-cream for breakfast,” Bev jokes.
If you have a sweet tooth and love Kangaroo Island honey, here are some of the other sweet experiences you can have on the Island.
Cactus Kangaroo Island: Homemade Granola with Kangaroo Island Honey
Cactus Kangaroo Island is one of the cutest and most delicious cafes on the Island. A fully licensed cafe and restaurant in Kingscote with lots of outdoor seating, art, music, and a funky atmosphere, Cactus serves simple, tasty food, made with local produce, including freshly baked cakes and tarts, great coffee, fresh juices, local wines and beers.
Forget bacon and eggs! Kick start your day with the most mouth-watering homemade granola with Kangaroo Island grown oats, cranberries, almonds and toasted coconut. It’s served with creamy Greek-style yogurt, seasonal fruits and Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey. Delish!
Kangaroo Island Living Honey: Beekeeping Experience
Kangaroo Island Living Honey is a family owned and operated honey farm and shop run by the “beekeeper” and the “bookkeeper” Shawn and Anthea, and their five children. The business started out as a hobby for Shawn in 1998 and has grown to be home to 250 productive hives which extract up to 26 tonnes of organic honey each year.
A proud protector of the most pure strain of Ligurian Bees left in the world, Shawn takes beekeeping experience tours where you can don a beekeeper's suit and hold thousands of bees in your hands as he introduces you to the world of bees and the protected Ligurian species. So for a taste of honey straight from the hive, Kangaroo Island Living Honey is an experience you should not miss!