We have a wide range of friends and contacts in the Huon area. Often we catch up with them in between busy periods, at the Cygnet Market. The Cygnet Market is held first and third Sundays of every month, come rain or shine. The majority of the stallholders are inside the Cygnet Town Hall, but some brave souls prefer the outside. People like Alex, from Golden Valley Farm who sells vegetables and Gerard, from Nicholls Rivulet Organic Food Farm, who sells organic beef (and great beef sausages sometimes in a slab of Kate’s sourdough) can be found out the front of the Town Hall or down the side laneway. Inside, if its cold, we turn the heaters on!
Last weekend, a good friend, Leo, a local potato farmer and retired dairy farmer dropped by to show us the organic wheat grass he is now growing. We offered to sell the trays of organic wheat grass for him at the Cygnet Market. The wheat grass created a lot of interest and people could not help but run their hands over the top of the blades when they came up to our market stall.
The Cygnet Market co-ordinator, Julie, came up on the stage to have a look at what all the fuss was about. They had their jackets on because we had just opened up the Hall and it had just turned 8am. The temperature was marginally above zero. It was so cold the rain on the steel stairs had frozen! We had to beg a bucket of hot water from the girls at Lotus Eaters Cafe to throw over the stairs before we could unload all of the goodies from the cars!
Wheat Grass was made popular in the 1940’s by Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant to Boston. Wigmore, an holistic health practitioner developed the wheat grass diet, which is centred on sprouts, raw produce, nuts and seeds and avoids meat, dairy and cooked products. There are still many people who are keen on this type of food and health food shops promote tablets made from wheat grass and similar products.
Leo makes a delicious drink in his vitamix of fresh pineapples and oranges blended with apricot kernels and wheat grass.
Contact us if you are interested in purchasing Organic Wheat Grass or if you are looking for an ongoing supply. Trays (approx 30 cm square) are $12.50.