'They're all family recipes,' says Robyn, who's been working for the family since the café's opening two years ago. 'It's all in the kitchen in a book, and no one's allowed to take it.' Usually a friendly face who greets you from the café's kitchen at the back or steps out of the house with an apron as you walk in, she sits across from me at one of the tables, reflecting on the sentiment and hard work the farm is run with.
'Prickly pear is an innocuous weed,' she explains, 'you've got to have a license to grow it. If one leaf drops off, it'll start growing another tree. So every year they plough half of it back into the ground. It could end up in Wollongong if we didn't control it!'
But what exactly do these interesting fruits growing on a plant from the cactus family taste like? Robyn has a rather interesting answer for this. 'They come in three colours. Orange, red, and the green. They've all got different tastes, but everybody tastes something different. To me, the red one tastes like watermelon. When I had the green one it reminded me of kiwi fruit but my partner reckons it tastes like honeydew melon - some say nashi pear.'
Whilst the fruit's season only lasts between December and early April, the farm's café is open year-round, attracting customers with its great coffee, dried figs, Julia's delicacies and other sweets baked on the premises by Robyn. 'The place always smells like jam because we're always making it,' she says, as I catch a hint of cinnamon, citrus and fig in the air. 'When I bake on Fridays you've got numerous smells, the kitchen is right next door too so it wafts in here. People walk in and say 'mmm something smells nice' - it is like being at home.'
Feeling a little cheeky, I ask her whether the fridge filled with her baking are also family recipes, and I'm told that everybody loves her scones and that it took her years to perfect them so she gives the recipe to no one. This follows a confession about how her scones are better than the ones made at the kitchen she used to work for before - now there's a reason to head over there this weekend to enjoy a cuppa next to homemade sweets with a story, taking in the sweeping views of Camden from the café's balcony.