This week at the Cygnet Market

I have organic cacao nibs, organic ground turmeric, organic cinnamon sticks, wild harvested long pepper all arrived today. 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. Those mentioned above are personally sourced by Barry Beach, a colleague of mine in Adelaide, who runs Beach Organics.

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 about it here. Bookings continue to be added and we are looking at an additional date if we have enough interest for a second session!

Please note: The Garden Shed and Pantry will be closed from after the market on Sunday June 16th until the next market on Sunday July 7th.

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 (double) 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

This week at the Cygnet Market…..

This week at the Cygnet Market we have a great gift idea for Mothers Day (which is Sunday May 12) plus a heap of other things that your special Mum (or lady) might enjoy.

We have a limited number of Chai Tea Spice Kits.  The recipe was given to Kate by an Indian lady many years ago.

Chai Tea Spice Kit

Chai Tea Spice Kit

Other products we have for you (or Mum) at the Market this Sunday, include the following:

Selling nuts at the Cygnet Market

Firstly, we now have plenty of cane bread proofing baskets.  These are just $22 and that’s a very good price!  These are a great gift idea if your Mum makes bread.  If she doesn’t make bread, then she really needs an Organic Sourdough Bread Kit or maybe a voucher to attend one of Kate’s cooking or sourdough workshops.

Of course, we always have a range of Four Leaf products  – including the wonderful 85% Light Flour, ideal for making sourdough bread and pastry and pancakes – just about anything!  We also have Rye Flour (for feeding sourdough starter), Rolled Oats, Spelt Flour, Soup Mix, Chick Pea Flour, Split Peas, Cracked Wheat and Muesli Base from Four Leaf Organic Milling.

Gardening products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Gardening books, the best gardening tool ever, the Ho-Mi, Harvest knifes, dibbers handcrafted from local timbers, English spades and watering cans of various sizes from Sheffield, England.

Food and related products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Cooking books, Organic (and Gluten Free) pasta from L’Abruzzese, Olive oil and olives from Patlin Gardens, Organic almonds, and local hazelnuts, various Four Leaf products, Organic Quinoa and Lentils that are grown in Australia, Honey (local from Karl and orange blossom from South Australia), a wide range of spices (native and other) and organic dried vine fruits (currants, sultanas, raisins and sun-dried apricots from Australia plus dates from Iran).

Don’t forget we also have a large selection of seeds for sowing now from Southern Harvest Seeds plus local seedlings grown by Zoe from Woodbridge Nursery.

Southern Harvest Seeds available now at the Cygnet Market

The Cygnet Market is the best market south of Hobart!

Warm and inviting inside the Town Hall at Cygnet during winter.

The Cygnet Market -from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 5th May!

See you at the Market!!

Time to clean your conscience?

Eco cleaning products…

Created, made and bottled in Tasmania, Tracey and the team at Clean Conscience aim to provide an ethical, honest and authentic alternative to chemical-based cleaning and show why using back to basic cleaning agents such as bicarb-soda, essential oils, vinegar and pure soap are the best choice for a healthier life and the future of our planet.

Now available at The Garden Shed and Pantry:-

    Laundry powder

Multipurpose Kitchen Spraykitchen_small


Cream cleanser


Air Freshener

The philosophy of the Clean Conscience team

“Clean Conscience is a small company driven by a genuine interest in raising awareness about environmentally responsible products.

We believe in the power of one and in starting small to make a difference.

We also believe strongly in honesty about our products.

Clean Conscience is enormously proud that our products use back to basic ingredients that contain no nasty chemicals, toxins or synthetic surfactants (including plant derived). See products for full ingredient listing.

We pride ourselves on our ingredient selection, manufacturing processes and ethical values to deliver an effective and hard working wholesome cleaning product with minimal impact on the environment.

This approach and philosophy extends to our choice of suppliers, resources included in manufacturing and employment of staff with matching ideals. At Clean Conscience we thoroughly research both the ingredients used in our products and the companies that supply them. This rigorous process ensures we can deliver a genuine, ethical and trustworthy eco cleaning product.

We also have a strong commitment to re-use and reduce wherever possible. As a result we passionately encourage all our customers to refill their Clean Conscience products.

But most importantly it is our aim to get you thinking – about the products you purchase, what they contain and their effects on our valuable planet.”

You can make a difference – read more about the unsustainable products used in cleaners (such as palm oil) here.

Don’t Palm Us Off, an Australian Zoo initiative will be re-launched this month.  Read more about what you can do to assist here.


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Gandhi

Thanks from Middleton

A fabulous 22nd annual Middleton Fair has been and gone (although most of the scarecrows are still there to enjoy when you drive the Channel Highway).

Over 5,000 people attended the fair and many of these crammed into the hall to listen to the expert speakers.

Setting up at Middleton

Setting up at Middleton

Thank you to all our existing and new customers who came along to chat or purchase some of our products and help make the Fair a big success for the local Middleton community.  A big thankyou to Sandra who helped set up the stall and assisted with everything all day. Thanks also to David and to Juanita for their help too.

We sold lots of sourdough bread kits, pasta and spices.  Olives and Olive Oil from Patlin Gardens and almonds from Willunga in South Australia were popular. Of course, the ho-mi and the other gardening tools sold quickly. We also sold the watering cans that come from England.

Tino & Kate showcase a watering can

Tino & Kate showcase a watering can

Steve Solomon’s complete organic fertiliser was a very popular new product that The Garden Shed and Pantry had for the very first time.  We sold out all stocks at Middleton but you can still order more COF mixture directly from us.

Tino & Kate discuss the benefits of COF mixture

Tino & Kate discuss the benefits of COF mixture

 Middleton Fair is a great day and has something for everyone.  If you missed out this year do try and visit next year.  You will be pleased you made the trip. 

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

Clean Conscience for Cygnet!

Eco cleaning products…

Created, made and bottled in Tasmania, Tracey and co. at Clean Conscience aim to provide an ethical, honest and authentic alternative to chemical-based cleaning and show why using back to basic cleaning agents such as bicarb-soda, essential oils, vinegar and pure soap are the best choice for a healthier life and the future of our planet.

This Sunday Nov 18th at the Cygnet market, Tracey, the founder of Clean Conscience,  will be at The Garden Shed and Pantry stall from 10am – 11am to answer all your questions.

Now available at The Garden Shed and pantry:-

        Laundry powder

Spray cleaner

Cream cleaner

An article from the Clean Conscience website

Our Palm Oil Journey

When Clean Conscience first started we had no idea about the palm oil issue.
It was not until 2009 whilst attending a green expo a few of our customers raised the issue with us. Concerned with what I was hearing I started to research the subject and was very upset with what I uncovered. Even worse two of our most  popular products (laundry powder and Automatic dishwasher powder) were made with pure soap powder which contained palm oil.
Such was the shock of what I found within the palm oil industry, I started working on an alternative as I could not and would not be a part of this environmental devastation.
We finally came across the fantastic ingredient of soap nuts and with a bit of research, testing and hard work
the very first Palm oil free laundry powder on the market was born.
Admittedly I was a little worried that consumers may baulk at a beige coloured laundry powder but our customers embraced it and were only to happy to try a palm oil free alternative. Clean Conscience laundry powder is now one of our best selling products.
The casualty of this story is our Automatic dishwasher powder. We removed this product from our line as we could not find an effective alternative ingredient (within our standards). We are still working on this product and hope to have a palm oil free Automatic dishwasher product out by the end of the year.
I believe the Palm oil issue is one of the greatest environmental disasters or our time and we all must become more aware of what is in the products we are using.
In the face of growing consumer concern with palm oil. some manufacturers are switching to “sustainable palm oil”.
Both businesses and consumers who are concerned about palm oil often look to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) . The RSPO is a voluntary initiative that aims to create a certification standard for “sustainable” palm oil.
It is my opinion this organization lacks transparency and enforcement and as a result is ineffective.
We do not believe true sustainable palm oil exists.
For more information on sustainable palm oil please follow the link below: