This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

12th December 2020

Hi there

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It is great to welcome back Wes from Te Mahanga this week and the Big Fat Cherry Co and Urbn Vino plus Butlers Berries are promising to be there with heaps of raspberries. Stone fruit has started to arrive with a few early apricots last week and the potential for peaches this week.

The market is a great place to buy gifts for those people who seem to have everything. From consumables like delicious wine, hand made spirits, port that sends you to heaven and back, olive oil and relishes and chutneys to style-ly denim aprons, pure linen tea towels, bees wax wraps, keep cups and gift vouchers all available at the market hub.

I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting Fiona and Lian from Waewae Permaculture. Waewae literally translates as feet/legs but the meaning extends far beyond that to include a place to stand, a place where we feel especially empowered and connected (turangawaewae), our place in the world, home. For Fiona and Lian it also means no tractors and reliance on their legs and feet to get things done around the property!

Lian Redding and Fiona Collings certainly look and feel very grounded and happy at their idyllic Purakaunui market garden and home.

They use regenerative, bio-intensive farming principles on an acre of coastal, river alluvium which they supplement with certified organic compost, their own compost and liquid emulsions. The land for the past 30 years had been farmed on organic principles and was used primarily for grazing horses, before they started growing food on it.

This is the third growing season that Lian and Fiona have been working the land and growing food. From an outsider’s perspective it looks as though they have been doing it for longer than that. Harmony, order, the use of non-mechanical tools and their obvious contentment all add up to what really seems an utopic set-up.

Fiona is the green thumb having worked previously with local legend, John McCafferty and others in bio-intensive market gardens. They grow everything from seed, and it is, Fiona who grows the seedlings and manages that process. They also grow some plants specifically for harvesting seed, to help ensure continuity of certain crops.

All vegetables are grown under cloches to start with as the birds are particularly voracious where they are. Beds are broken in by covering with a tarp to kill the grass, then compost is added and planting begins. They use no dig principles but do use a brood fork to aerate the soil. Lian and Fiona also have several large tunnel houses where tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and other bits and bobs are grown. Primarily they grow salad greens, Asian greens for stir fry mixes, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, beets and other root vegetables, strawberries and raspberries under development.

Lian also has a super-power!  He comes from a background with DOC and is a very talented inventor and builder, often repurposing items to suit their specific needs.  There is a pleasing sense of both function and form with everything that Lian designs. Waewae have a very high standard of presentation of their produce at the market.  All vegetables are washed in Lian’s wonderfully inventive washing machines, all solar powered - they are fully off the grid – and then packaged into compostable bags. The green leafy veg actually get an effervescent wash resulting in a sparkly clean finish!  The trailer they bring to the market has a refrigeration unit in it and is plugged in to the shed power to chill veges from when they’re harvested until they are  taken to the market.  Another clever Lian invention.

They are fortunate to have access to spring water and Lian has set up a gravity feed system that gets the water to where it needs to be.

Fiona and Lian draw a lot of inspiration from self-sustainability, British author John Seymour and Canadian, Curtis Stone. Their underlying values align with homesteading principles. They grow virtually all their own food including grains and beans for drying. Eventually they would like to be able to offer workshops for other aspiring homesteaders.

Their grass is kept at a manageable level by their three alpacas, again no mechanical lawn mowers here.

Apart from the farmers market Lian and Fiona put together a weekly vege box for several of their neighbours. They are not interested in getting a lot bigger as they want to be able to manage the workload with just the two of them, although they may employ a picker from time to time.

See you Saturday.

Kate

General Manager

 

 

This Week in the kitchen

Robust, delicious summer fare is on offer in the Market Kitchen this week with Elizabeth working her magic on simple, easy recipes for you to try at the Market (& at home)....

Amazing Vendors This Week:

Waewae Permaculture Carrots - Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw + Beetroot & Carrot Burgers

Ettrick Gardens Pink Lady Apples & Granny Smith Apples - Summer Apple Cake & Jersey Benne Potato Salad

Oamaru Organics Jersey Benne Potatoes - Jersey Benne Potato Salad

Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs - Jersey Benne Potato Salad + Beetroot & Carrot Burgers

Janefield Hydroponics Beetroot, Kohlrabi & Coriander - Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw + Beetroot & Carrot Burgers

Beano’s Bakery Ciabatta Buns - Beetroot & Carrot Burgers

 

Summer Apple Cake

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

View Recipe
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Beetroot & Carrot Burgers

Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Beano's Bakery Waewae Permaculture

View Recipe
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Jersey Benne Potato Salad

Produce from Oamaru Organics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Ettrick Gardens

View Recipe
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Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw

Produce from Waewae Permaculture Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe
 

Christmas Market Hours & Days

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This year we are making a few changes to our market schedule over the holiday period.

This is primarily because of how the statutory holidays fall this year and to avoid vendors having to pay staff to pick on Christmas Day and New Years Day. So markets will be happening on the following days and times.

Saturday 19th Dec , usual time, 8am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 23rd December, 6.30am - 11am (customers will be restricted access until 6.30am when all vendors will be in place)

Wednesday 30th December, 8am - 11am

Saturday 9th January 2021, usual time 8am - 12.30pm

NB: NO Saturday markets on 26th December 2020 or 2nd January 2021

Markets as per every Saturday after this.

 

Cardrona Merino Christmas Lamb Orders - Last Weekend to Order Yours for the Christmas Roast!

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Let Rob at Cardrona Merino know your Christmas lamb order this weekend so you don't miss out!  

 

Waewae Permaculture Market Specials

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This market we will have heaps of fresh coriander. Organically grown and in-home compostable bags that keep it fresh all week. 

Also; our salad mix, stir-fry mix, strawberries, carrots, courgette, kohlrabi, pak-choi and beautiful lettuce heads. 

Special this week: Coriander $3 or 2 for $5

Waewae Permaculture:  Regenerative & Diverse farming, local & Agri-chemical free. Organically grown (non-certified-talk to us!) Home compostable packaging.

 

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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FRESH IN SEASON NOW.

STRAWBERRIES & RASPBERRIES.

GOOSEBERRIES.

NEW POTATOES.

DELECABLE SPRING CARROTS.

LOTS OF PAEONIES.

RED & GREEN FRILL LETTUCE, RADISH, KALE.

SPRING CABBAGE, ONIONS, WALNUTS, PEAS IN THE POD.

JERSEY BENNE & MARIS ANCHOR NEW POTATOES.

3 VARIETIES OF OLD POTATOES.

ALL POTATOES “5KG ONLY $5”.

CRISP & CRUNCHY ROYAL GALA & PINK LADY APPLES.

THE PERFECT EASY XMAS PRESENT IDEA.

HOMEMADE BERRY JAMS OR SAUCES.

FROZEN FREEFLOW BERRIES!!!!

BOYSENBERRIES 1kg Free Flow @$15 OR 2 @$25.

RASPBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES.

BLACKCURRANTS & TAYBERRIES.

OUR COURIER SERVICE IS STILL AVAILABLE ANYTIME.

Email j.hpreedyege@actrix.co.nz 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

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Le Crepe Market Specials

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Here comes the inspiration for Saturday.

Wishing you a great weekend.

Christophe

JAM OF THE DAY:  2020 CHERRY $6 

WITH WHITE CHOC BRITTLE AND SLICED ALMOND $8 

THE CREATION:  LEMON CURD OR PASSION FRUIT WITH LOW SUGAR HAZELNUT MERINGUE AND WHIPPED CREAM $8 

STRAWBERRY DREAM:  $11

Strawberry jam, fresh market strawberries

 with confectioner’s custard
 Or with whipped cream


SPECIALS SAVOURY CREPE: $10.00  

FRESH TOMATOES WITH ROCKET PESTO CRACK PEPPER OPTIONAL (VEGAN)

OR

FREE RANGE CHICKEN & VEGIES WITH MILD SPICY TANDOORI SAUCE

With Cheese or Hummus 

And with Salad & Dressing OR Egg 

 

Dunford Grove

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Our gorgeous Olive Oil soap is back!  New lady making these for us and smart new packaging!

Did you know?

Olive Oil Soap is naturally anti-aging:   Olive oil contains polyphenols and oleic acid which works to improve skin tone, texture and combat the signs of aging. Olive oil is so nourishing that it can replace the oils lost by the skin as we get older. This gives the complexion a smoother, plumped-up appearance which helps minimize wrinkles.

 

MARIE'S

Dear Customers,

I am away this week for a well deserved holiday.  See you with my usual on the Saturday 19th December.

Marie

 

This Week at the Market L1

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Please stay away if unwell (vendors & customers). 

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy (& always wash your produce when you get home).

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle returns, etc.

We will have loads of fantastic, fresh local produce, products, hot food, coffee, etc ready for you from 7:30am till 12:15pm around their usual spots at the market.

Cash is still accepted from many vendors.  CASH IS KING AT THE MARKET!

Contact tracking is at all the gates, please scan yourself in on the official govt Covid QR code.  (You will find them attached to the fence at each of the gates or at the caravan at front entrance). It will be everyone’s responsibility to scan in (incl vendors & staff).  This will be unmanned & is everyone’s responsibility to do so & to sanitize hands at entrances please.

If you can please make sure you have downloaded a Govt Covid diary tracker QR app on your smart phone to be prepared if you haven’t already done so.  https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app

Remember your charged mobile phones for contact tracing! 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

covid19.govt.nz

 

Christmas Gifts at the Market!

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Loads of Christmas present ideas at the Market while supporting your local community.  

You will find Christmassy delights dotted around our vendors, Dolce Vita (see image above) have lovely sweet treats with Xmas themes including Christmas cakes.  Judge Rock Wines have beautiful bottles of boxed port, No.8 Distillery will gift wrap locally made gin & liqueurs, Zestt Wellness (Hammerhead Foods) have a Bavarian beer mustard for your glazed ham & of course we have wonderful cherries from Rosedale Orchard, Earnscleugh Orchard, Big Fat Cherry Company, Willowbrook Orchard & others.  Dunford Grove have Central Otago extra virgin olive oil gift packs & their olive oil soaps.  We also have great natural 100% linen & locally made Market tea towels, Market keep cups & aprons + Market bags which make great, practical gifts for only $7!  Gift vouchers available from the Market caravan as well.  And there are lots of idea's popping up around the Market that I haven't listed here.... AND remember to bring CASH!  

 

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