Last-for-now or maybe forever, sourdough workshop!

The June workshop dates are Friday, June 15th, 7pm – 8.30pm and Sat. June 16th, 8.30am – 10am. You must come to both sessions. $55.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here.

For bookings of the June workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) to the booking sheet link now. Payment and course  details will then be emailed to you.

This is a fun and informative workshop for anyone wanting to make easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread with fresh, organic, Australian ingredients.

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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 🙂

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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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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September Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop

The September workshop date is Friday, September 22nd, 7.30pm – 9pm and Sat. September 23rd, 8.30am – 10am. You must come to both sessions. $55.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here.

For bookings of the September workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) to the booking sheet link now. Payment and course  details will then be emailed to you.

This is a fun and informative workshop for anyone wanting to make easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread with fresh, organic, Australian ingredients.

Special 2 hour, winter sourdough workshop, Sat. June 24th

On Saturday June 24th, I am doing a 2 HOUR SOURDOUGH WORKSHOP which will be a condensed version of my regular, 2 part workshop. $30.

For bookings click here. Add your email address to the list and I will be in touch.

This worked very well for a recent U3A group I ran it for recently.  

You will see all the stages of easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread and cultured butter and go home with the confidence to start making your own.

As an option, you will be able to purchase my sourdough kit which has all the flours and the starter and instructions. $20 (reduced from the $25 I sell it for usually) 

Also, on the day, there will be 10% off all products in my home shop!
Read about my regular sourdough workshops here.

Marvelous May Newsletter

Below you will find an excerpt from my May newsletter. To read the whole thing, including some new recipes, please click here. It is fun and fabulous!

Almonds
Everyone, including me, has been waiting for news on Richard’s fantastic Johnston and Somerton almonds, grown in the almond district, Willunga, south of Adelaide. I spoke to Richard on Tuesday. He told me there was a fabulous crop this year and he will be sending them sometime in June! Yippee!

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Introducing Crop Swap
Recently I came across an Australia and NZ group of people as keen as I am to share garden produce and, in fact, anything edible or related to food. So, I joined the group and made us a sub-group and website Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds. There are several others in Tasmania too. Please join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates etc. If you would like to help me make this work, please contact me asap. I am really keen to get started! No money is involved at all. Whether you are a backyard gardener, home cook, forager, seedsaver, cuttings guru, pickle maker or bread baker, you are welcome.

Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, new season’s organic, sundried fruits were supposed to be arriving this week but the silly freight people have not picked them up….. so it will now be the first June market before they arrive. Oh lalalalala, how do businesses survive that are run so badly? 

Rain-fed rice
The Qld floods inundated the Lismore freight depot but now they are up and running again. I am pleased to say that Slater Farms’ magnificent, fragrant, bio-dynamic, long grain rice did not get flooded and will be at the market, along with rain-fed medium grain rice and rain-fed rice flour too. 

May Sourdough Workshop-full 
I am pleased to say there are no places left for this workshop but I will be running another in late June or early July. Read about my sourdough workshops here.

More than just Permaculture
There are lots of permaculture design certificate courses but our Gumboot Gardeners group is helping to host something broader, deeper and more easily used for your own property. Please read about Julia and Charles’ course below, based on 25 years of teaching all over the world.

Just for a laugh
Here is a little video I made about 10 years ago, of how to easily dig in green manure. For some reason it is not playing as clearly as it used to! Check out the dry stone wall in the first few seconds. I built that, with stone from my yard when we were making terraces. I had to raid a roadside cutting to get a few bits to finish it off. It is a tricky, twisted circle, going above then below where I am standing, as it was on a massive slope!

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!