Waste Not Produce

Robyn and Andrew sent through the following information:

Market Update, Woodbridge Hall Saturday 21st November 2020

The rest of the world might have gone mad – but here in paradise, all is well. That’s what I’m thinking tonight as I sit (with bubbles in hand…) and ponder today’s market at Woodbridge Hall.

We broke our record – as we had hoped to – but we didn’t expect to double our best takings! As you can see from the photo, our market table (and a lot of floor space) was laden with quality garden produce, gorgeous flowers and healthy seedlings – all of this, coupled with generous customers who quite often said ‘just keep the change’, resulted in ‘Waste Not Produce’ taking (and donating to Woodbridge School Assoc) $712.30! Wow.

Many thanks to Woodbridge Hall Committee for the use of the hall, Woodbridge Emporium for continued support in a myriad of ways, West Winds for generous help with the poster, our talented Southern Tassie gardeners (you are fabulous), parents and friends from Woodbridge School and the many people who came to purchase and donate.

This is such a win-win, and Andrew and I are smack bang in the middle of it. No wonder you can’t get the smiles off our faces!

We’re back at Woodbridge Hall this coming Saturday 28th November, from 9am, with more fresh, local, seasonally surplus produce. All proceeds to the Woodbridge School Association. We are focused again on a bumper market day, as we strive to raise funds to help provide much-needed picnic tables for the school grounds (which are being built under an excellent mentorship program at West Winds Community Shed – how good is that?).

Contact us as soon as you can if you will have surplus garden produce for the stall – we are happy to harvest/collect if that suits.

And we’ll see you at Woodbridge Hall this coming Saturday 28th for truckloads of ‘Waste Not’ fun!

Two days ago I received the following update from Robyn:

‘Woodbridge Hall Saturday 28th November 2020

It was much quieter today at our produce table/second-hand book sale/raffle…. and also in the Village, at least from what we could see from our vantage point through the door of Woodbridge Hall!

We had a market table loaded with donated fresh-as-can-be produce, flowers and seedlings along with an amazing range of second-hand books and a monster raffle, and although it was not as busy, our takings were awesome, with $340 from produce and $86 from books/raffle ticket sales being donated to Woodbridge School Association, a total of $426 towards the building of those much-needed picnic tables at Woodbridge School.

I’ve been collating the funds raised by Waste Not Produce/Waste Not Books, raffle and sausage sizzle over the last three markets at Woodbridge Hall and I’m very happy to report that we have donated a total of $1,966.90 to the Woodbridge School Association!

This has been a combined effort, with so many people giving garden produce, time, donations, providing moral support, buying produce and leaving the change…. many thanks to all concerned, up and down our beautiful Channel AND further afield.

A big thank you to the Woodbridge Hall Committee, who generously offered the use of the hall – without which, none of this would have happened. We are so fortunate in this small community to have such an iconic old hall right in the middle of the village, adding a special vibe to life here. I think it’s underused – so what are we going to do about that?

Waste Not Produce’ had planned to be part of the Cygnet Markets in December however we’ve had some changes to our personal calendar and unfortunately WILL NOT be at these two markets. We will however be taking some fresh produce over to Mez at the Cygnet Community Hub this Friday 4th December to donate to local charities there, so if you have any garden surplus that you’d like to donate for that purpose, please let us know beforehand.

We WILL however be at the




from 5pm

This will be a vibrant garden-themed Christmas twilight market in a beautiful setting and we really hope to see you there. All funds raised at this market go to the ‘Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative’ – providing comprehensive support to refugees wishing to move to the Huon Valley. Please contact us if you have garden surplus to contribute to this market. The more we have, the more we sell and the more we donate.

And then… it’ll be 2021, and another glorious Tassie summer of overflowing orchards and vegie patches. Keep an eye out for ‘Waste Not Produce’, as this is when we shine. Until then, take care, and as that legendary Tassie gardener used to say – ‘that’s your bloomin’ lot’.

Robyn Payne (ph 0400 998037) and Andrew Geddes (ph 0419 484010)

Email: robyn.miles58@gmail.com.


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2 Responses to Waste Not Produce

  1. Руслана says:

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