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.

Ghee vs Coconut oil and Sept 21st at the Cygnet Market

Ghee vs Coconut Oil

There is a worldwide craze for coconut oil especially for use in hot cooking, such as stir frying. For several reasons I recommend using ghee instead.

I now have Pepe Saya’s ghee, from NSW 

We all want to do what is right for our body and for our family’s’ health. As people learn more about the effects of high heat on cooking oils, they naturally seek better alternatives and the coconut oil craze has actually caused a world shortage!

Introductory Offer

$7.50

I only have 10 jars, so be quick!

Ghee has been used for thousands of years in India and neighbouring countries where cows are plentiful. Ayurvedic cooking has always recommended ghee for its high nutritional content, very high smoke point, ease of use even for lactose intolerant people and its beautiful flavour. Not requiring refrigeration is another benefit.

Pepe's ghee

From the Pepe Saya website….Ghee, is clarified butter, which has been simmered until the milk solids separate, it is then caramelised over a low heat, the liquid gold which remains is passed through a muslin cloth to remove any impurities, bottled and there you have it, Ghee glorious Ghee.

Ghee is a favourite of those with intolerances to lactose or casein as it contains less than 1% of either of those potentially inflammatory substances, it has numerous holistic applications, can be stored without refrigeration for long periods of time, and is excellent for cooking with its high smoke point of 230c.

Pepe Saya Ghee is derived from our unsalted cultured butter, of course, and the finished product produces an extra special nutty flavour.

AND it is made in Australia, so it is also good for lower food miles, for Australian farmers and businesses and reducing the carbon footprint our government refuses to acknowledge!

Pepe Saya was on Landline recently, under the heading “Australia’s Best Butter”
Check it out!

Left handed gardeners

The razor hoe I sell, which is made in England and is a superb quality little hand tool, is now available for left handers. What a great gift idea for gardeners!

Time to Sow Summer Veg

My seed racks are bursting with new season’s seeds for your garden. I have one remaining heated cable to ensure germination. Ask me about it at the market.

Many people have asked me for bean seeds and now I have them. Although I would not sow them in Cygnet yet, where there is still a chance of frost, it is a good idea to get your favourites while you can!

pig-cover

Australian Permaculture Magazine Only at GaSP $9.50 Absolutley lovely!

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 GaSP home shop opening times:

 Thursday afternoons 2pm – 6pm

+ Friday mornings 9am – 12 noon
+ by request 

4 Winns Rd., Cygnet
By request means that you are welcome to ring me or send me an email to arrange an alternative time to suit you.

Spring in The Garden Shed

 

Watering Can range

Watering Can range

Spring Watering for Seedlings and Plants

It is gardening time and the doors of The Garden Shed are open.

I have the most beautiful Haws and Burgon & Ball watering cans, made in England from Sheffield steel which will not rust. Each has a solid brass rose that will last a lifetime. Available in a range of colours, not all in this photo. Prices are $75 and $120.

garden markers etc

Hand made, Tas Oak Garden Markers

Made by Mike in Woodbridge, these durable little signs with burnt-in text make lovely additions to your garden or perfect gifts for giving and posting. $3.50 each or 3 for $10

Mike’s wife, Tricia, makes our  calico, Cygnet Market shopping bags which are $4 each. And she makes all the net bags I use for my sourdough kits and workshops. Lovely, local, retired couple.

Ho Mi and Razor Hoe

The Korean ho mi has been in existence for thousands of years. It is hand forged from high grade steel and will never rust. I have had mine for about 15 years and give it a heavy duty workout all the time without there having been any deterioration in its shape or strength or sharpness!

The Razor Hoe is made from hardened Japanese steel and can be honed to be as sharp as a razor. It will hold that sharpness for a long time and is perfect for cutting weeds at the soil level and other jobs in areas where the ho mi is too big. Available in left and right hand models.
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Don’t forget about my fabulous yoghurt Cultures!

$15 will buy you enough culture to turn 100 litres of dairy milk into rich, creamy yoghurt full of probiotics. Soy milk culture also available.
That is only 15c / litre + the price of the milk.

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

The early bird…

Well, it’s now officially December.  And it’s just a few weeks to Christmas.  Avid market fans know that they need to be arriving early to get the best pickings…pretty similar to a garage sale really…. but this time, simply by buying something from our stall, early birds can have some free raspberry canes, dug from my garden a few days ago. They have been kept in a bucket of Seasol, in the shade and are bursting to get growing in your garden.

Directing Traffic

Julie Directing Traffic

What do we have this week?  Organic Sprouting Mix, Dried Figs, Almonds and lots of other snack packs, marinated olives and olive oil (of course), and organic grains including Quinoa.  For Christmas presents, we have gardening tools and beautiful watering cans (but not many left now).  For the person who loves to cook, we have brass spice grinders from Turkey.  It’s not too late to grab some MRO organic dried fruit for the Christmas Cake.  Maybe we will still have a Panforte or two but they are disappearing fast!

Welcome to..

Welcome to GaSP stall at Cygnet Market.

Anyway, by the time you read this, we’ll be on our way to the Cygnet Town Hall to set up and have another great market.  Don’t forget it’s another DOUBLE Market.  See you there folks!

Early birds at the Cygnet Market (9am)

Early birds at the Cygnet Market (9am)

Garden Trolley – one only – $99

To display the loveliest pot plants you need the cutest stand and this trolley can be moved around your garden or patio – wherever really.

We have only one left (in an easy to assemble carton) and better still the limited tools required are included in the carton.

Just $99 and there is only one and its green (like the one below).

Too big to bring to the market so pick up from 4 Winns Road, Cygnet.

Garden Trolley

Garden Trolley

Merry Christmas!