Raisins now available from Murray River Organics

We have recently been able to add organic raisins to our MRO organic sultanas and currants that are produced in the Sunraysia area (one of Australia’s premier fruit growing areas near Mildura, Victoria).

MRO Organic Raisins

MRO Organic Raisins

All of the organic dried fruit is available in 500 gram packs or in larger quantities by request.

Murray River Organics sultanas

Murray River Organics currants

Enjoy the healthy eating available from the Cygnet Market.

We are very pleased to be able to sell the Murray River Organics dried fruit at the Cygnet Market and at the Garden Shed and Pantry.

Middleton Fair – Sat, Feb 2nd

The 22nd annual Middleton Fair will once again entertain thousands of people who visit Middleton Community centre, McDowall St, Middleton.

The Garden Shed and Pantry will be there to showcase all of our products and to provide  advice on gardening and cooking.

Kate at 2012 Middleton Fair

Kate at the 2012 Middleton Fair

This year a special feature will be a series of presentations in the hall featuring local experts and celebrities.  These are expected to be very popular – get there early or miss out!

In the Hall:

10:30 am – 11:30am – BUSY BEES
Keeping Bees in your Garden & using honey in sweet delights
Hedley Hodgkinson and Sue Metzler

11:30am – 12:30am – JUST SPUDS
Potatoes for all uses – growing and cooking
Alec Dean and the RVL’s Steve Cumper

1:00pm – 2:00pm – KIDS GARDENING
Seed magic and cooking for kids
ABC’s Gardening Australia’s Tino Carnevale and his mum, Pat

2:00pm – 3:00pm LOCAL SEASONAL FOODS
Growing, cooking & preserving great seasonal food
SBS’s Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans * Mary Walker * Letetia Ware

Over 80 stallholders on the site ensure that there is something for everyone.

Read more here.

Check out the Middleton Poster

Seed Sowing Guide – January

Sow these seeds in January:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’ and ‘Chioggia’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’ and ‘De Cicco’

Brussels Sprouts ‘Diablo’ F1

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’


Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Round’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’ and ‘Pain de Sucre’

Collards ‘Champion’


Endive ‘Rhodes’

English Marigold

Kai-Lan ‘Chinese Kale’

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Superschmelz’

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Winter Density’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Pak-Choi ‘Red Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Radicchio ‘Rossa di Treviso’

Radish ‘Watermelon’

Rocket,  ‘Heirloom’


Spinach ‘Tyee’ F1, ‘Steadfast’ & ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’

Swede ‘Tasmanian Butter’

Winter Savory

tomatoes in the new seed rack

You can buy these seeds from my market stall at The Cygnet Market.

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father ran a successful nursery for many years in Adelaide and I have grown up amongst trees, plants and seeds. I want people to be able to grow their own food.

If you would like to purchase Cottage Garden seeds or Native seeds, you can order these from us at Cygnet Market.

All of my products are also available most days from 1pm at The Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet