May Newsletter

The Garden Shed and Pantry Handover Celebration
All my customers are invited to come and celebrate the handing over of The Garden Shed and Pantry to the new owners, Esther Cooke and Paola Tanner at 11am – noon on June 1st, at 4 Winns Road, Cygnet (my place).

This will be the last day of sales from my home shop. The details of its new location will be revealed at the handover!

Esther and Paola will continue the market stall and I will go along and be a helper from time to time ūüôā

Almost 8 years ago, a few months after I arrived in Cygnet, I started selling gardening stuff and organic, Australian wholefoods in a tiny little enterprise I called The Garden Shed and Pantry.

It has grown and supported me; it has brought me in touch with people who care about their health and that of the earth and many of you have become my friends. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey.

I am not leaving Cygnet and I will continue with my sourdough and other workshops.  

Offer of 10kg boxes of almonds
The wonderful Johnston and Somerton almonds just keep on coming and Richard (from Willunga Almonds) has a stash of 10kg boxes still available in a refrigerated warehouse in Melbourne.

The offer will be $180/10kg box. Whole boxes only. Pick up only.

ORDER ALMONDS HERE NOW.

June Sourdough Workshop
Please use YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to book into my next sourdough workshop here.
You can read about my sourdough workshops here.

Hughsli is back
Hugh’s¬†irresistible lamingtons and lemon tarts will be at this coming market. You will find them at my stall. $5. Nothing ordinary!

Crop Swap 8
SATURDAY MAY 26th
My front shed….. 4 Winns Road, Cygnet.
Come with¬†something, leave with much more….. goodies + new contacts + joie de vivre.
Arrive by 11am and set your wares on my trestles (or BYO if you want to supervise yours). Please be on time.
Then we talk about what we have brought…. I love this bit as everyone has a story.
At 11.30 we take what we would like. Everyone is polite and only takes a fair share. There is a lot of chatter and laughter and good will and generosity. By 12 everything is gone and my trestles are empty. Lovely.
Then we have coffee and nibbles (usually something I make but if you’d like to bring something as your wares to share, then all the better).
PLEASE ONLY BRING THINGS RELATED TO FOOD, to Crop Swaps….. growing, cooking, preserving, eating….. books, tools, plants, garden produce, kitchen creations, animal manures, pots, seeds, jars, netting, bean poles, dumpster doings, or skills like tool sharpening, catering, fence weaving etc etc

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Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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April Newsletter… BIG news!

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The Garden Shed and Pantry evolves
Almost 8 years ago, a few months after I arrived in Cygnet, I started selling gardening stuff and organic, Australian wholefoods in a tiny little enterprise I called The Garden Shed and Pantry.

It has grown and supported me; it has brought me in touch with people who care about their health and that of the earth and many of you have become my friends. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey.

Now it is time to hand the reigns to Paola Tanner and Esther Cooke, two young mothers with a passion for healthy food for their families and a desire to share the passion with all of you. I could not have dreamt of better custodians for The Garden Shed and Pantry.

Over the next couple of months they will be learning everything about the ins and outs of every single item I stock; the growers, the ethics, the pricing, the newsletters and the needs of you, the customers. No stone will be left unturned!

I am not leaving Cygnet and I will continue with my sourdough and other workshops. Please come to the Cygnet Market this Sunday and meet Esther who will be helping me on my stall. She is a warm, cheerful, knowledgeable, community spirited woman who I first met through Crop Swap. I am confident you will all smile when you meet her.

Local, Campo de Flori Saffron on 936 Country Hour today at noon
Listen today or find the podcast online later. An enlightening interview with Lisa, who grows, packages and sells the saffron at Glen Huon. Hers is the saffron I sell too and her ethics perfectly align with mine. Lisa and her saffron will also be on ABC Landline at a time to be announced.

Organic, Australian chickpeas
Autumn is here and in our gardens there is abundance of seeds and nuts and dried beans. And so it is that our bodies are telling us we need seeds, nuts and dried beans and peas too. Check out my chickpea tagine recipe, and other, below….

Almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and walnuts are here
Fresh is extremely important with nuts and seeds as¬† they contain a lot of oil which quickly goes rancid, once the nuts are cracked from their shells and exposed to air. I have continuous, fresh supplies. Read more about nuts and their enzymes, below ….

Hughsli is back
Hugh’s¬†irresistible lamingtons and lemon tarts will be at this coming market. You will find them at my stall. $5. Nothing ordinary!

March 1st newsletter

Almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and walnuts have arrived!
Almost everyone in Cygnet buys the almonds I get from Richard at Willunga Almonds in South Australia. As many of you will know, he sold his property recently so future supplies, from the new owners, are not certain. However, I have managed to buy some more of his remaining harvest and they will be available again from this market. $20 / kg

Fresh is extremely important with nuts and seeds as¬† they contain a lot of oil which quickly goes rancid, once the nuts are cracked from their shells and exposed to air. I have continuous, fresh supplies. Read more about nuts and their enzymes and a fabulous Seed Brittle recipe, below ….

April Sourdough & Cultured Butter Workshop
Stay tuned for details on this one, coming to your inbox later today.

Help Needed
I have had huge support from you, my customers, over the 7 years I have been having my Cygnet Market Stall and I am calling out for a little more help. I need someone to help me by coming to the market at 2pm and taking to my car (parked just outside the door) the leftover boxes from the market. I pack everything up and without a helper it takes far too long and poor Julie, who locks up the hall, is waiting and waiting for me as everyone is finished and gone. My most recent helper is not well so I hope to find another ūüôā

Hughsli is back
Hugh had a wonderful time doing the Overland track and is now back and ready to delight us again with his irresistible cakes and tarts at this coming market. You will find them at my stall.

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Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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Home shop open times are on the photo at the top of the newsletter.

Welcome to 2018 at The Garden Shed and Pantry

Below are some snippets from my February newsletter. To read the full newsletter and see the photos, click here.

Happy 2018 I have had a wonderful break, relaxing for nearly 3 weeks at my rusty, quaint, fabulous, old beach shack at Balgowan, on the Yorke Peninsula in S.A. Check out some of my holiday photos below…. Now I am back and ready for a new year of nourishing you all with freshly milled, organic¬†wholefoods and ingredients sourced directly by¬†me from farmers and millers in Tasmania and Australia. I very much look forward to welcoming you again to my home shop and Cygnet Market stall. Opening times are on the photo at the top of this newsletter.

March Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop¬† Come to my kitchen and make with me the simplest and best bread for your body and taste buds. Learn about a range of grains and why they must be freshly milled. Create a batch of cultured butter to take home. I offer plenty of tastings and answer all your questions. Read more below….

Pat and Lina’s Olives Not every¬†wholefoods shop owner¬†takes time off from her holiday, on a day of 45C, to visit the olive grower and pick up buckets of olives so that their customers will not miss out at the first market of the year!¬†Read more below….

Shani’s Kitchen Crafts; can you help? Shani helps me at the first market of each month and for some time she has been making fantastic pot holders (which always sell out), using the back pockets of jeans and recycled fabrics but she has run out of pockets! If you have some old jeans¬†and could cut off the legs (which she doesn’t need) and just bring the tops, including the back pockets, that would be fabulous.¬†Please bring to the market or leave on my front verandah. For every 3 pairs you¬†donate at the market, Shani will give you one of her beautiful, hand made soaps. ¬†

Nutrient Dense? It seems to be the latest catch-phrase¬†… nutrient dense…. but what is it and does it matter?¬†Read more below….

Hugh’s lamingtons and lemon tarts¬† Again you would be best to be to the market early to get some of Hugh’s very popular lamingtons and lemon tarts at my stall. I have not have any since before Christmas and cannot wait!!

Crop Swap Number 6… Saturday February 10th, 10am¬†sharp It is going to be a biggy with lots of produce flowing from our gardens and kitchens. Everyone is welcome to our gatherings, whether or not you have anything from the garden to share. Do you have gardening books or magazines, can you knock up some muffins or a zucchini cake? Anything related to food is suitable. Come for a coffee and chat. Come alone or with friends and family. Gather in my front shed. Join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates or ask me to put you on the email list. Read more below…

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Square eftpos The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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December newsletter… oh lalala

Closing dates
The Garden Shed and Pantry will be closed from December 23rd to February 1st and I will not be at any January markets.
TO READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE.

Someone keeps removing my garden Shed and Pantry sign from the tree at the entrance to my driveway and throwing it in the bushes! Now it has disappeared altogether but THE GARDEN SHED AND PANTRY IS STILL OPEN AT MY REGULAR TIMES SO DO DRIVE IN.

Four Leaf flours and grains reduced to clear 
One of my promises to you, my customers, is that whatever I sell you will always be fresh and that includes all flours and grains. So as not to have supplies languishing in my store room over January, when I am closed, I am selling off all remaining Four Leaf flours and grains at 10% off, to clear the decks before Christmas!

This includes at my home and both December markets. If you come to my home shop I will give you an even better deal for larger purchases. But be quick, as supplies are dwindling already.

Reduced to clear:Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, certified¬†organic, sundried fruits are selling like hotcakes! Now, 15% off for 400g or more. Read more below …

Hughsli raspberry lamingtons, lemon tarts, vanilla slices and his famous GF, paleo, grain and dairy free carrot cake
No matter how much he makes, it always sells out! Be early and don’t go home disappointed!

Natural Therapies offered by my amazing house sitters!
I am off to my shack on the beach in SA. My Cygnet house and garden will be looked after by some friends of mine, who have incredible experience in various natural therapies, as outlined here…

Offering a wonderful range of deep relaxing therapeutic treatments in Cygnet, surrounded by beautiful nature and gardens.

Reflexology, Pregnancy Reflexology, Infertility Reflexology, Reiki and Classical Homoeopathy.

We treat a variety of health issues or just come in relax, de stress and rejuvenate.

Some of the issues that can be treated: joint/back/knee/shoulder pains, headaches, migraines, menstrual difficulties, menopause, pregnancy conditions, infertility, stress, poor circulation, diabetes and many more. Ring and just talk to us to see how we can help.

SUMMER SPECIAL PRICES

Reflexology – $50 hour

Reiki – $50 hour

Homoeopathy – $80 hour plus $15 per remedy

PHONE Ashi and Michael:   0400 234 145

What is a gift?
I love giving presents. All year round I have my friends and¬†family in my head as I cruise around markets and so on. It is amazing how often I see something that is perfect for so and so, made by the stall holder. I gather them up and put them in my “presents” drawer for the giving day. To me, that is what a gift is; something I randomly find while the person is in my thoughts.

It seems to me that most shops should just be called “Made in China”. I seriously often want to ask at the counter “Do you have anything in here that is made in Australia?” Even most of the mementos sold on the Spirit of Tasmania are made in China. It makes my head spin.

There are several reasons why I care where things are made and they all come down to concern for our effect on life on earth. I do not want to be even a small part of reducing habitat for orangutans, platypuses, Tassie devils, elephants, frogs or our unique flora. Plants and insects are the life force of our planet and nothing can live without their enormous (but shrinking) diversity.

I will not give gifts that are shipped up and down and around the world or made of fibres that last thousands of years or contribute to climate change / pollution / poverty/ or to harming the soil. Once you wipe out all those options, you are left with beautiful, local, natural things.

Come and look through my wares, with your family and friends in your thoughts and you may find just the thing to give them and you can be sure that it is only going to do good and not harm to life on earth.

Check out some of my suggestions below….

TO READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE.

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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Home shop open times are on the photo at the top of the newsletter.
Garden Shed and Pantry website
E: kate@gasp.online

October Newsletter

New L’Abbruzzese Organic Pastas
Adrian at L’Abbruzzese has introduced me to an expanded range of their organic, Australian pastas. Made in Adelaide by an Italian family, these are the best dried pastas I know of and are so reasonably priced, compared to others I have seen. See more here…..

Pat and Lina’s Wild Olives
Everyone loves the olives that Lina sends me from their farm, just north of Adelaide. Pat and Lina use no chemicals and just the old fashioned, Italian way of extracting the bitterness from raw olives by soaking them in barrels for months and months. The greener, jumbos take up to 9 months to be ready! Read more here….

Shani’s Kitchen Crafts
Shani helps me at the first market of each month and this Sunday we will have on my stall some of her fantastic, hand made pot holders and pot scrubbers, all made from recycled fabrics and fibres….. as well as her 100% natural Soap for Gardeners. I have bought some of each and can highly recommend them. These would all make fabulous, unique and beautiful ¬†presents too.¬†

Minerals
Vitamins are made by living things (plants and animals). Minerals come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants and eaten by animals. If the soil lacks minerals, so will the plants (and animals) you eat and so will you. Low magnesium is something many people have. Read more here….

Hugh’s lamingtons and GF breads
Again you would be best to be to the market early to get some of Hugh’s very popular lamingtons, vanilla slices, lemon tarts and GF sourdough breads at my stall. No matter how much he makes, it always sells out!

Next Crop Swap October 7th, 11am – 1pm
More than 20 people came to our second gathering, on the Saturday morning of August 12th. It was a a blast, with 2 tables packed to overflowing with plants, seeds, produce, baked goods, books, lemons, rhubarb and more. Everyone was smiling. It was such a great vibe.

Everyone is welcome to our gatherings, whether or not you have anything to share. Come for a coffee and chat. Come alone or with friends and family. Gather in my front shed. Join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates or ask me to put you on the email list. Read more here
 
Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, new season’s organic, sundried fruits are selling like hotcakes! Read more here and my recipe….

Campo de Flori Saffron
Lisa grows saffron on her beautiful farm at Glen Huon. I am now stocking her glass jars of saffron and her recipe cards.¬†¬†Economic jar refills are also welcome.¬†This is my kind of ethical philosophy! Read more here…..

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you!