This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

11th February 2023

Hi there

Wonderful to see the apples & pears starting to appear last weekend.  Ettrick Gardens had the Bon Chretien (Bartlett) & also Star Crimson Pears along with Destivale Apples and Earnscleugh CoOp Orchards had the Honey Pear along with Organic Sunrise Apples.  (Check out Slice of Heaven's blue cheese & fresh pear pizza if you like that combo, really good!).  And the stone fruit is at its best tasting juiciness right now everywhere around the Market. I tried the Willowbrook Orchard Rome Star free stone peaches last week which are great easy eating. I'm looking forward to finally getting late summer sweetcorn for the BBQ this weekend. We have a new seasonal garlic vendor starting this weekend – Jane & Dan from Moturata Gardens where they have a small block on the coast overlooking the mouth of the Taieri River.  Their stall will be up on the platform.  There are no figs this week but you can find lots of lovely Valentine’s Day gift ideas if you are looking – especially our vendors up the platform with their added value local longer life items (think olive oil, spicy pickles, honey, craft gin, preserves, etc) and we have nice cheeses, plants, Central Otago organic wine, port, herbs, etc or there are plenty of ingredients to make or bake that special dish this week.  Also we always have Market tea towels, beeswax wraps & Market Map gift cards all printed & made in Dunedin featuring a map of our vendors - this is available at the Market caravan at the main gate (along with Market gift vouchers). Abdal is doing a fundraiser on Sunday night with proceeds to families in need in Syria following the devastating Syrian earthquake, (see our Facebook post for details). 

For those of you who maybe isolating or homebound we have a few vendors that can deliver to your door during the weekBrightside Microgreens, Gilberts Fine Foods, Ettrick Gardens (vege boxes), Waewae (vege boxes), Ronia & Pippi, Agreeable Nature Eggs, Blue Mountain Butchery, Tartan Sari, Dunford Grove, Evansdale Cheese, Oamaru Organics, Port Larder, Harbour Fish, Havoc Pork, Blueskin Bay Honey, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Bennies Honey, Whitestone Cheese, Waitaki Orchard, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in the ORDER NOW button on our website 

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.  And remember your containers, produce bags, berry punnets, plant pottles, jars, bottles, keep cup, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.

Remember, that only all our authenticated, verified Otago Farmers Market vendors are all within our gates who have our tick of approval.  Make sure you support them inside the Market carpark & platform & you will get a quality product.  We thank you for your loyal support!

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  See you Saturday. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Waitaki Orchards 


This Week in the kitchen

With the weather being so unpredictable this week these recipes I found in the archives are great as you can have them heated up or cold! This dip will go great with any roast vege combo and is perfect to use as a spread! Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Roast Beetroot Salad

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Dunford Grove Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Oamaru Organics

View Recipe


Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Moturata Gardens Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Dunford Grove Holy Cow

View Recipe

Earnscleugh Orchard Co-Op


Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for the BIG RED VAN on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 

CHERRY'S (only a few weeks left):

Lapin Cherry (Final week)

Staccato cherry 

Sweetheart (maybe)

ORGANIC Sweetheart Cherry (last week, I should have 1 crate)

ORGANIC sunrise apples  

Spray free greengages (small amount)

BLUEBERRIES...SUPER SPECIAL! Buy 3 punnets, and we will give you the 4th punnet for FREE, Stock up the freezer now (freeze free flow) with limited stock. A great deal, grab it this Saturday. Remember you can text with an order. 

Stonefruit is ripe and delicious (FREE TASTINGS at our stall)




* Vulcan

* Mooreparks daughter (Cross)

Flat peaches 


Fortune plums

Plus JAM APRICOTS (half price), it's best to order as these sell fast. Text 021 455341 by Friday lunchtime to order. Feel free to mix the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix. Remember if you can't get to the market until later your can text your order and we will pack and hold it for you..(pick up by 12:30 pm)

Thanks, Rob, Sher and family. 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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Buy direct from the grower!!! Better quality at a better price!!

Fresh blackberries and blueberry time! 

Super sweet sweetcorn

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Beetroot: Round, Cylindra, Gold, and Candy - all spray free

Tomatoes - cherry, gourmet, table, all soil grown 

Also, chillies & capsicums are IN SEASON now

Fennel and parsley spray free

New potatoes, spray free & delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red and green cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Walnuts spray free: whole and shelled 

Frozen spray free blackcurrants!

Also, rasberries, boysenberries, tayberries, and mixed berries!

Most of our vegetables are spray-free! Our courier service to your door is available anytime. Or “click & collect” from us at the Otago Farmers Market or our Ettrick shop. Email for our latest order form and we can add you to our weekly update.

Ettrick Gardens: On your right at the main gate, or rapid 5104, state highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

The original 'Marshmallow' confectionery! Large, green, velvety-toothed leaves with pale pink-white blossoms in late summer/early autumn.

Both the root and the leaves contain mucilage that is useful in thickening stews and soups - the root was once dried, crushed and then mixed with honey and used to make a soft (medicinal) sweet - the original 'marshmallow'! Originally thought to be from China marshmallows were eaten by the Egyptians, Syrians and Romans both for taste and medicine.

Culinary wise the flowers can be added to salads and the young leaves tips can be eaten raw in salads or steamed and served as a vegetable. The roots when dried and crushed can be used as a thickening agent or can be boiled whole to soften, then fried in butter.

Use the water in which you have boiled the leaves or roots as a soothing lotion for dry skin, sunburn (or general burns) or apply it to 'dry' hair. Perfect to soothe sore throats as either a tea or as a traditional 'marshmallow' sweet. Infuse the root as a tea for dry coughs, stomach ulcers, diarrhoea and insomnia. The root can be used as a poultice for inflammations - it was once used to reduce inflammation in teething babies and to stimulate tooth growth of late teeth. 

Full sun, in moist, well-drained soils. Can tolerate coastal conditions. Up to 1.8m. Hardy perennial.

Marshmallow Root Tea: Use 2nd-year roots. Soak the clean, roughly cut roots in cold water for a couple of hours to extract the mucilage then heat as for a hot drink.



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Are we still your most favourite farmers market this year?  

Voting for the Coast Kiwis’ Favourite Farmers Market 2023 has begun and runs through until Friday 31 March.  Go in the draw to win prizes!

The page for voting is here


Celebrate 20 years of fabulous regional produce at the OTAGO FARMERS MARKET LONG LUNCH

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On Sunday 26 March 2023, join our single table under cover on New Zealand's longest rail platform and enjoy a specially created seasonal lunch showcasing the finest summer produce from Otago Farmers Market vendors. 

Start with a welcome drink and enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and rotisserie Otago lamb prepared by Precinct Food. A cash bar will serve libations from Otago Farmers Market vendors; No8 Distillery, Judge Rock Wines, Dunedin Craft Distillery and Catlins True Brew.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honour 20 years of Otago Farmers Market by taking a few leisurely hours to celebrate the best of life; friends and whanau and locally harvested, seasonal produce cooked to perfection!

Tickets are essential and can be purchased from TryBooking here Booking is $135 per person + booking fees. This includes a welcome drink and a delicious, leisurely three course lunch. The booking system allows you to add dietary requirements and note who you may want to sit with.

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Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten). Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant-based foods. Our last market is the last Saturday of February. We still have all of our products available for now. If you have some more jars to recycle, you are welcome to bring them until my last market. See you there, Marie.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Dear Customers & friends, I am about to take a 6 months break (more or less) from the Otago Farmer’s Market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. I plan to have my last market at the end of February. If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will come back, please follow me on Facebook Marie’s – plant-based foods, I will post some updates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved to meet you every Saturday for the past three years. Keep well.


- *Sauerkraut (*Green cabbage with onion & garlic $14, or just cabbage $13) for 380g   

- *Kimchi - (*green cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli ). Mild, medium, or hot is available. Please let me know which you like - 380g for $15  


- Seasonal Kimchi *Chinese & green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, - only hot is available - $16 for 380g

-#Daikon, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

 * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Buckwheat, adzuki bean, and sunflower seeds. Freshly made every week from different beans, cereals, and seeds. 1 packet (225g) for $8 or 2 packets for $15 - enquire if you would like more.


270g: Strawberry ($6) OR Blackcurrent ($8)

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)  

1 mix : Plum & blackcurrant ($7) 

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, nectarine, plum

Mixed flavour $8: Pear & raspberry, or rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry, or  

Strawberry & blueberry, or Pear & gooseberry


SPECIAL: Pear & Gooseberry low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $9

BANOFFEE: date butterscotch, vegan custard & fresh banana $9

BOUNTY: dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $8.50 

TEMPEH BURGER $11: choose between crunchy peanut sauce, plum & spices, or tomato and jalapeno sauce. Add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut or purple pickled vegetable. They all have an organic, fresh tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts and mayonnaise.

VEGAN CHEESE SANDWICH $8: Choose between pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, or both. Served with salad. 

VEGAN CHEESE: Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas, and culture. Available with herbs or Kimchi *Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


No.8 Distillery


The No. 8 Distillery team will be up on the platform with our award winning little Ouzo. They will also have a range of other liquors including a fresh batch of Limoncello, Peach liqueur, Pineapple Rum and the world's best contemporary Horopito Gin & so much more! I will have plenty of samples available this Saturday.  Julien


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’

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The crate will be near the Market caravan at the main middle gate - look for a flag on top & if you feel like donating something extra from your shopping then Kiwi Harvest will collect each Saturday lunchtime & it gets distributed out to local charities for those in need this week.


Keeping Well

Everyone welcome but PLEASE STAY AWAY IF UNWELL (vendors & customers).

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy.  

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask. 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Wishing you well!


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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

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