This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

11th March 2023

Hi there

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Thanks to so many of you who stopped by the caravan last weekend for Amy’s delicious birthday cake (we have posted the recipe below & up on the website), it was wonderful to keep hearing so many of you saying “I’ve been coming to the Market every week since it opened!” – you belong to a devoted club!  We truly are lucky to have such loyal long time shoppers & supporters of the Market. I also got to hear more stories from our vendors of that first Market – Donald Butler of Butlers Berries whose van broke down on the way in that first morning but who ended up selling everything he brought with him so it was worth the drama’s, or Dawn from the The Porridge Bar (they went by various business names in those early days) who arrived on week 6 “just for a look around” & has been there ever since.  Nigel from Oamaru Organics (which as many of you knew back in the day as Brydone Organics) said that was his mother & aunty walking through the carpark together in last week’s archival photo.   Chris Baker from Classic Café was also there that first Market as the first coffee vendor.  By my rough count we still have 10 original vendors from that first year at the Market and many that came soon after are still here each week.  Paul Crack who was instrumental in setting up the Market and managing it, has handed over an archive box full of the first 10 years which I am still wading through & enjoying – there is such a rich local history tied up in the Market and lots of names came up who put so much time & energy in over the years like Ray Goddard, Barbara Philips, Neil MacDonald, Pat Johnston, Julie Pearse, Paul Crack and so many more championed in those early daysthen all that supported over the latter years Rodger Whitson, Kate Vercoe as a long term Market manager & many others and to our current board & advisors who help keep us adhering to our principles while looking ahead to the future.  

This weekend is the start of National Farmers Market Week (NFMW - 11th – 19th March) where we celebrate with around 25 other like-minded authentic farmers markets around the country, along with our customers and vendors.  The theme this year is ‘Where does our food come from’.  Look out for our social media posts over the week, we will have Market goodie bag giveaway’s, free fruit for the kids at the caravan, look out for Evansdale’s ‘The Big Ugly Cheese Competition’ (you have to guess the weight of the big wheel of blue cheese Pablo has made especially for NFMW (& go in the draw for a Market gift voucher for whoever is closest – the voucher can be collected the following weekend at the Market). 

Kakanui Produce will be back NEXT week.  

If you have been thinking of going to our special 20th anniversary Long Lunch (details in letter below) then now is the time to get your tickets – let’s make it a long, long lunch!  You get to enjoy some of the wonderful produce & products cooked to perfection by Precinct Food and have a leisurely fun lunch.

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 Permaculture (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, Ginger Fox Foods Peanut Butter, 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 or in the vendor profiles.

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 to try to return the correct packaging to those that you brought off if you remember (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors).  And borrow a keep cup from our cup library or coffee / chai / hot choc vendors.  If you want to borrow a plate for ready to eats just swing by the caravan for a clean one (& return back there for cleaning later), we also have bags you can borrow for produce or shopping too if you forget. 

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:  Jeff & Andrea at Caithness Farm


This Week in the kitchen

This week I have the recipe for our excellent birthday cake from last weekend's Market. In the archives I have found a quick and easy stirf-fry that makes the most of our fresh Market produce! See you this Saturday!  (Isabella Assistant Manager)

Zucchini Cake w/ Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Caithness Farm Ltd Waewae Permaculture Ettrick Gardens Terracotta Plants Waikouaiti Gardens Kakanui Produce Oamaru Organics

View Recipe
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Stir fry vegetables with peanut sauce and rice noodles

Produce from Ginger Fox Foods Dunford Grove Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics Caithness Farm Ltd Waewae Permaculture Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe

Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. 

We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. Try before you buy, we welcome you trying all of fruit. 100% paper packaging (Nothing in Plastic). Remember everything is packed at the market on the day, so super fresh. 

Where are we, you ask? Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform under the roof.


Royal Gala Apple and Honey Crisp Apple 


Hawera plum (similar to omega) and Greengages (final week)

BLUEBERRIES... only a few weeks to go stock up now.


Peaches Yellow flesh (so sweet), Peacherines (amazing), Apricots 

* Mooreparks daughter (Cross) (final weeks), Yellow Nectarines (super sweet).


Fortune plums, Black Diamond plums, omega (maybe) 


Nashi Yellow 

It's that time to bottle/jam your fruit for winter....


We have some delicious FREE-STONE yellow flesh Peaches. HALF PRICE, we suggest you order some as these sell fast 

(Plus we will have some Gold Queen Peaches in a few weeks). 

JAM APRICOTS (half-price) it's best to order....these sell fast. 

Text 021 455341 by Friday lunchtime to order any fruit.

Feel free to mix SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix.

Remember, if you can't get to the market until later your can text your 

PRE-ORDER, and we will pack & hold for you (pick up by 12 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, blueberries, and raspberries!

Cauliflower Spray free 

ROMANESCO (a heritage vegetable, that has a lovely nutty flavour)

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

Tomatoes - cherry, gourmet, table, all soil grown -spray free

Also, chillies & capsicums are IN SEASON now

Parsley spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Heather potatoes, spray-free and delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Freshly picked - new seasons apples, pears, and plums

Walnuts spray-free: whole and shelled 

Frozen blackcurrants are also available. 

Also, raspberries, boysenberries, and tayberries!

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.


Blue Mountain Butchery Market Specials!

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Our Sausage flavours for this weekend are:

Texan Chilli

Pork Apple Sage and Rosemary

Moroccan Lamb 


There will be plenty of Ribeye, Porterhouse, Lamb Racks, and Roasts.

Pork Loin Chop Special: $18.50kg

Vaughn and Shelley


Who Ate All the Pies?


Continuing with the specials from last week...

Any four main flavour singles - four for $14 - cold only to takeaway…

Wild Venison

Lamb thyme & Rosemary

Chicken Cranberry & Brie

Beef Mushroom & Red Wine

Steak & Cheese



Tartan Sari

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Hello Picklelovers, can you believe that we are celebrating 2 years at the market this week? 

I just LOVE spending Saturday mornings chatting with our lovely customers and stall-holder neighbours. The last 24 months have definitely flown by.

This week, to celebrate 2 years, I would like to offer you $2 off all curry pastes and pickles, including our apricot chutney (the offer does not include Coriander Coconut Chutney, Spicy Seeds or Seed Crackers and student/bottle return discount will not apply this week to special-offer products).

Come and stock up the pantry or try something new.!

It’s going to be a spicy weekend! Danielle x


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No.8 Distillery


No8 Apricot Gin Liqueur - 30% - Limited edition

$60 - 700ml // $25 -250ml

We are showcasing the first by-product Apricot Gin Liqueur, crafted from rescuing ripped & ugly apricots from Earnscleugh Co op Orchards.

Designed to be drunk neat on ice, your first sip and smell will give you a sweet hug, followed by a rich taste of coriander, sunny apricot and a flush of chamomile.  Feel free to pair with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic or tonic water to upscale your drink.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks, Julien.


Stonehurst Gourmet Mushrooms & Herbs

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Hi all! Sorry, we're unable to make the Market this weekend - catch you next week!

Cheers, Kate. 


The Port Larder


There is a special on raspberry jam this week - made from Butler's quality raspberries! Gift size jars $6

Green Tomato Relish is back.

Port Larder 


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. 

Enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and 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.


Gate Collection - Child Cancer Foundation

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The Child Cancer Foundation will be at the Market gates collecting this Saturday! 

The Child Cancer Foundation is a New Zealand charity that provides support to children and families on their cancer journey.


Natyaloka School of Indian Dance - Performance

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The Natyaloka School of Indian Dance will have performers at the Market this weekend around 9.00am. Look out for them! 



Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’


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.



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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


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.

No Fliers / Pamphlets to be distributed at the Market please.

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