Order Your Panforte Now for Christmas

Panforte orders taken now

Last Christmas I sold dozens of my absolutely irresistible, Italian Pan Forte. Packed with nuts, dark chocolate and brandy they can be sliced thinly and served with coffee or put into cellophane bags and given as gifts. Last for months.

  • I use mostly organic ingredients.
  • Gluten free.
  • Mostly vegan (except chocolate). No eggs, dairy.
  • When only the best will do. 100% best quality ingredients used.
  • Pick up dates: Dec 11th and 18th. Cakes last well for months.

$50 large whole cake: by order and pre-pay only (cash to me or transfer online)
$20 small whole cake: by order + a few at the Dec. Cygnet Markets
$9 /slice: only at the Dec. Christmas markets

Clean Conscience 

I stock the entire range of these super-eco, Hobart made, cleaning products.
See below for more information.

Click here for the Clean Conscience website product list. My prices are 10% off the RRP.

GaSP Holiday Dates 

November: Home shop closed for 2 weeks from Nov. 18th (between markets) while I go to Adelaide and celebrate my mother’s 92nd birthday and visit family.

December: Open as usual.

January: Home shop closed + I will not be doing the markets either.



February at The Cygnet Market

My market stall on the stage at The Cygnet Market is where I showcase almost my full range of Garden Shed and Pantry products. 

See you at the market this Sunday, February 2nd

I guarantee that my products are fresh and I have a following of avid spice lovers who know to come to me for all their requirements as my spices are kept sealed and in the dark between markets. I also have yoghurt cultures and soon, milk kefir, when mine starts to multiply. English watering cans and best quality garden tools are my passion and I stock local seeds for growing the best vegetables in the Tasmanian climate. As well, I offer an eclectic range of garden and food books and Tasmania’s Clean Conscience eco-cleaning products.

If you would like a 5kg bag of anything from my lists below, please send me an email and I will hold one aside for you as I only take a limited number of them and they sell quickly. Gluten free is a special interest of mine.

The market is now one of the best in Tasmania not just for tourists but for those wanting to buy fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, breads, cheeses, wholefoods, dried fruits, olives, olive oils, eggs and coffee. Artisan cakes and pastries as well as Sally’s superb Chinese dumplings, fresh stir fries and savoury pancakes nestle into the hall with Ed’s perfect English pork pies and Cathy’s moist Dundee cake.

Annie is a milliner and her hats are world class; all designed and made by her in Cygnet. You will also find an extensive and infectious collection of rocks, fossils  and more from around the world, at Mike’s stall. Add to that the craftsmanship of local artists, sewers, photographers and card makers and you can soon see that Cygnet is the place to be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, 10am – 2pm, all year round!

You can find all my prices on these links:

 Grains, flours, pulses and seeds price list


L’Abruzzese Organic, Australian Pastas

The Rest of the Pantry: Oils, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Honeys etc

The Garden Shed: Tools, Seeds etc

Totally recycled cooking oil becomes soap and fuel

Mike takes vegetable oil from our local fish and chip shop, Devour, and turns it into bio-diesel which runs 3 vehicles. What is left over is raw glycerine. Ever the inventor and not wanting to waste a drop of the earth’s resources, Mike has been experimenting with making liquid soap and now has it to a stable stage, neither too hard nor too runny, in all temperatures.

Bring a jar to the market or to GaSP at 4 Winns Rd., for a free sample as Mike wants your feedback!

  Bio­Soap K

∙           Raw glycerine (derived from blended vegetable oils)
Potassium Hydroxide (70gm/litre of raw glycerine)
Eucalyptus oil and/or other fragrance

Bio­K­Soap is particularly effective on vegetable, animal and mineral grease
Makes glassware, and ceramics sparkle
∙           Use on sinks, baths, toilets, floors and walls

Black soaps are a highly prized, hand made product common in many African countries. Properties and ingredients vary considerably from one district to another, but in addition to natural vegetable oils, plantain skins and coco bean pods are often included.

Fathers Day at the Cygnet Market

It’s a double market this weekend at the Cygnet Market to celebrate Spring.

What do we have for Fathers Day?

For starters, we have lots of gardening things, including the new season’s range of watering cans from UK and men’s favourite gardening tool, the Ho Mi.

galvanised watering can

galvanised watering can

We have books on gardening and cooking.

Dads will love our Johnston almonds, the best almonds in the world.  Plus we have more Brazil Nuts and sundried Apricots and Pears and lots of other snack packs.

We’ve noticed more men coming along to our sourdough workshops lately and there are still places available for next weekends workshop. Ask Kate about the workshop or buying a Sourdough Kit.

Don’t forget to visit us up on the stage.  Enjoy the music and the food and everything else that the Cygnet Market has to offer.

Enjoy Fathers Day where ever you are!

Up on the Stage

Up on the Stage

Renovations! GaSP!

A few months ago I had my thirty metre poplar tree chopped down.  It was on the north side of the house and took away all of my winter sun.  Even worse, the roots had spread and I feared they were going to damage the foundations of the house.  Now the top of the tree has been turned into a huge pile of mulch and the bottom of the tree has been cut and shaped into wood to make a garden setting.

A few weeks ago, the pantry was closed while we removed everything to install new shelving.  The pantry also received a fresh coat of paint.



My tree lopper / qualified carpenter, Corey (from Treemendous) , found the timber for free – local, recycled timber apple crates – saved in the nick of time from being burned!

I call this gourmet rustic.



Corey did a great job to put in new flooring and shelving and work out with me what would fit best.

So now I have lots of shelving on the left hand side (even a high shelf for displaying books) and lots of bench space on the right hand side.





There are special shelves for spices and a hanging wall for the seed racks.  It’s really great and I would love you to visit and check it out.

a big spice rack!

a big spice rack!


To celebrate the newly renovated pantry, I am introducing the frequent buyers scheme – spend $20 or more and receive 10% of the purchase price in spices.


Spend $20 and get $2 of spices

Spend $40 and get $4 of spices  etc

You may need a Spice Tin to store all of your spices and keep them fresh!

a wall of seeds

a wall of seeds

This week at the Cygnet Market

New Organic Products
We have sun-dried pears, cacao nibs, ground turmeric, cinnamon sticks and wild harvested long pepper. The range of spices I have is expanding every week and I get fresh supplies regularly so you can always be sure of the best flavours. In addition, we have limited stocks of the cutest little spice grinder from Turkey so that you can grind the spices you buy from The Garden Shed and Pantry!

Turkish Spice Grinder

Turkish Spice Grinder

This week is a bucket of the black manzanillo; beautifully ripe with a great, full flavour. $10 / 500g
The koroneiki oil I have now is very popular at $12 / 750ml bottle or $60 / 5 litre container.

olive oil large or small

olive oil large or small

Winter grains
It is porridge and soup time and I have fresh supplies of organic, Australian soup mix, pearl barley, rolled oats, red and green lentils etc etc etc for all your cooking needs. I often make quinoa porridge with 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 oats. Don’t forget, if you wish to mill your own grains, I have access to 20 kg bags of almost every organic grain grown in Australia, at very good prices.

High Teas Experience
Have you checked out our Travel the World on the High Teas workshop information? Please read all about it here. We are still taking bookings and there will now be an additional date (still to be determined).

Sourdough Workshops
There are workshops available in July and August to learn how to make Sourdough Bread.  You can access the doodle by clicking here.  You can read all about the sourdough workshops on the GaSP website and please contact me if you have any questions.

Looking forward to sharing with you my passion for fresh, organic, Australian ingredients, direct from the farmer or maker to me. It makes a world of difference!

Come and see us on the stage at the market this Sunday and remember to give us your best smile for our photographer and the GaSP Take 10 Competition!

All the best,

Kate and Lenny

Up on the Stage

Up on the Stage