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!

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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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! 

March Newsletter

Read the headlines below and read the whole newsletter here.
Market stall site change
The whole Cygnet market will be outside for March! The Town Hall will be totally surrounded with stalls, front, back and both sides. I need such a big space that I am going to be out the back, next to the Lovett Gallery entrance. This means I can park right at my stall, which will be more wonderful than you can imagine!

Please come and see me and please tell your friends!

Hugh returns to the Cygnet Market
Some of you will know about the endless difficulties Hugh has had working in the very unprofessional environment of the bakery kitchen. The result is that he is no longer working there. Consequently he is able to return to the Cygnet Market this Sunday and bring you all of his masterpieces again. I am not sure where his stall will be but seek and ye shall find!

New Olive Oil
The olive crop at Patlins (and much of SA) last year did not produce as much oil as usual and they have run out BUT I have bought a beautiful oil from Mt. Zero Olives in Victoria, to tide us over to the next season. Frantoio is one of the best and much sought after. 

Pip Magazine Returns for 2017
Almost everyone here who lives in a house, grows some food, has a few chooks, or maybe has an acre or two to be put to good use. Learning how best to design your space for maximum ease of use, for maximum efficiency, maximum beauty, least harm to your environment and least stress is not always easy.

Pip is the magazine of Australian Permaculture and each issue covers a range of topics and ideas from near and far, to help people understand and incorporate practical systems into their everyday lives.

It is the only magazine I sell because I think it is the best one for us here in Tasmania. Issue 7 has just arrived. Check it out at the market on Sunday.

March Sourdough & Cultured Butter Workshop $55
I will be having my first¬†sourdough and cultured butter workshop for 2017 later in March.¬†Check the dates and make bookings by adding your EMAIL (not your name)¬†here. If you don’t put your email you have not booked, even if I know you!!

You will find more information about these workshops on my website here.

Thanks for the Wine Bottles but please stop!
I rely on my wonderful customers to provide me with wine bottles, which I sterilise and fill with the olive oils and apple cider vinegar I sell. You have been most generous and I now have quite a few. I will let you know when I need more but for now I have enough, thanks.

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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This is just the headlines. Read the whole newsletter here.

Gin and Tonic…. revolution!

Many people, including me, love a gin and tonic now and again, especially with Tasmanian made gin, but there’s a revolution happening that is turning this drink on its head!

Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). And I love adding a squeeze of lime to it, with tonic water.

From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin was developed on the basis of the older word for juniper, ‘jenever’, and became popular in Great Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the English, Scottish and Irish thrones with his wife Mary. Gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits, represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient

So, in order to revolutionise gin and tonic, we can now add a few drops of juniper essential oil and lime essential oil to good tonic water and we have a non-alcoholic health drink with the natural flavour of g & t!

Juniper was and is frequently used to support healthy kidney and urinary function, problematic skin and the digestive system, as well as helping to relieve tension and stress. It can also be used to support cleansing and detoxifying. Juniper berry essential oil is a steam-distilled oil from the berries and needles of the juniper plant. The best oils are sourced from Bulgaria, their indigenous region, and take a full THREE years to ripen to maturity.

Pure lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia) is a compound created by cold-pressing the peel of a lime and collecting the oil, much like the process of pressing olives for oil. It is most commonly used as a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, an internal cleanser and for its ability to positively affect mood with its stimulating and refreshing properties.

 

Juniper, lime and tonic