ROBIN’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMPOST

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ROBIN’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMPOST
31st July, 2015

Meet local grower Robin Johnson. Before moving to the mountains, Robin was the head gardener of Parliament House in Canberra. Now he’s head gardener of one of the most inspiring and productive suburban gardens in the mountains.

 

Robin and his wife Marilyn chose their house for its excellent north-facing aspect and sunny back yard. In the six years they have been there they have transformed a fairly typical dry mountain block into an oasis, based on Robin’s dedication to compost, hard work and a clever watering system. The garden is divided up into numerous raised beds that are packed with veggies, herbs and flowers. There are also three polytunnels which give added protection to plants during the cold Blackheath winters.

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ON A LITTLE PEACE IN THE LANEWAY
31st July, 2015

A Co-op community event

Winter Magic is always a quiet day in the Co-op, so directors, staff and crafty friends of the Co-op got together this solstice and prettied up the laneway to make it a haven of peace for the big day. Friends of the Co-op spent countless hours crafting and decorating the space with gorgeous wintery yarn, spangly snow, and lacey-edged and felted bunting.

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A LITTLE PEACE IN THE LANEWAY
18th June, 2015

The Winter Magic Festival is on Saturday 20th June.

Once a year, on Winter Magic Day, Katoomba Street is uncharacteristically bursting at the seams with tens of thousands of people. It’s a great day to get out, to brashly banish the winter blues, to come together with visitors from near and far and marvel at the parade, costumes and stalls galore.

And at some point during any Winter Magic we all need an oasis of calm, somewhere to relax and recharge before rejoining the throng. Around the Co-op we’re creating that little place of peace, where you and yours can come and chill out in Ha’penny Lane. We’ll be selling hot spiced Logan Brae juice outside the shop along with sweet treats to eat – locally made bliss balls and other winter apple treats from Addiction Foods. All proceeds of these treats will go to help Winter Magic Sustainability and Earth Recovery .

Nourshmii will be here from 10am until 3pm with –
Moroccan chickpea stew with pumpkin and apricots served on turmeric rice with a green olive and preserved lemon yogurt dollop.

We’ve invited our treasured regular buskers and a few very special guests to our peaceful chillout space.

Including –

Zeb Olsen & Nick Strike- with their improvised guitar soundscapes and others.

Check us out on Facebook for details!

Come along and share your messages of peace on our recycled card and hang them up in the laneway in an installation of our communities words of peace.

Many thanks Amy Bell-Daisychain for the art work and our community of yarn bombers for your contributions to this event!

 

NEW CO-OP SHOP
4th June, 2015

The new shop opens on June 10th!

Behind the scenes we now have more storage for fridge goods: veggies, tofu and dairy products. Receiving deliveries is now easier and safer in the new space, with fewer deliveries being received in the shop.

New shop before we moved in - almost there!

What’s in the new shop?

Many non-food lines will be moving across the lane to the new shop. This includes most personal care, detergents and cleaning products. We will still sell bulk detergents so that you can continue to buy exactly what you need, reduce packaging and encourage recycling. With extra space for personal care and cleaning items there’s room to introduce new earth-friendly and certified organic personal care lines, including locally made chopping boards by Tiab Ezekie of Mortice and Dove, sauerkraut crocks made by local potter Sian Thomas as well as many more items which can be seen on our blog. We are also stocking paper products for baking from If You Care and yogurt makers and starters, which you can find out more about at Green Living Australia.

 

 

 

 

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A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS…
4th June, 2015

Here are a few new products you can find in our new shop.

Soap Berries – Looking for a natural, environmentally friendly cleaning product? Bulk soap berries are here!

Soap berries are also known as soap nuts, however they are actually berries from the Sapindus mukorossi tree. The seed is removed before they are imported.
The berries have a saponin coating that makes them a natural soap, removing dirt and oils from clothing when rubbed in water. The berries are natural, odourless, certified organic, grey water safe and fully compostable. They’re also antibacterial and anti-fungal and can be used as a laundry detergent, shampoo and hand wash. Simply add five whole berries to a wash bag and put in the washing machine. These can be re-used for up to five loads of washing.

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SUNNY BUT CHILLY MT VIC GARDEN
4th June, 2015

worms and bees are what it’s all about…

Local grower Michael Hurst popped into the Co-op a few weeks to stock up on garden seeds. That week the temperature had plummeted after the rain and the icy Mountains winds had set in, blowing all the pretty autumn leaves away. As he is located up in chilly Mt Vic we wanted to know whether he was planting now or planning for spring. Michael was indeed planting, so we decided to visit his hilltop garden to learn about how he and his partner, Sandra, grow such great herbs, tomatoes and greens in such cold conditions. (more…)

STOCK NEWS MAY
30th April, 2015

As we eagerly approach the opening of our new shop I’ve been busy buying lots of new lines for our current shop. My personal favourites include the new Thomas Chipman Blue Corn & Quinoa Corn Chips which bring back happy memories of lazy days in Amsterdam munching on Little Bear Blue Corn Chips, but I digress, so on with the report…

 

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PRICE COMPARISON: LOCAL VS MARKET
30th April, 2015

There are many reasons to choose to buy local fruits and vegetables: freshness, fewer food miles and the opportunity to support the local community are just a few.

The Co-op’s local produce has increased dramatically over the last few years. Our customers love to buy locally grown produce and more backyard growers have been growing for us. Some people have small orchards and sell us the delicious fruits of their harvest.

It seems that we are getting new consigners weekly at this busy harvest time of the year.

It is our policy that consignment fruits and vegetables are sold at a maximum of 10% below the certified organic fruits and vegetable price for that item. Prices can vary a lot over the season due to scarcity and gluts, and weather conditions can affect harvests too. The impacts of storms, fires and disease can push prices up. For example lemons are not available from Australian growers in summer and haven’t yet come down in price.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE HERBS WE SELL AT THE CO-OP?
29th April, 2015

Chris Ireland will be here to help you with herb tea information and enquiries.

Friday May 1st 9.45-11.45

Wednesday May 27th 10-12

 

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EASTER 2015 OPENING TIMES AND DELIVERIES
31st March, 2015

Good Friday                3rd April CLOSED
Easter Saturday          4th April OPEN 8.30am – 5.00 pm
Easter Sunday             5th April CLOSED
Easter Monday            6th April CLOSED


Fruit and vegetable deliveries will be as follows:

Wednesday        1st April
Thursday            2nd April
Tuesday              7th April
Friday                  10th April

Fridge goods
Thursday             2nd April
Friday                  10th April

Bread deliveries
Ancient Grains, Naturis and Vitality –
Tuesday              31st March
Wednesday        8th April

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