This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

12th November 2022

Hi there

Be sure to grab supplies from the Market for Saturday nights World Rugby Cup final if you are so inclined, it should be an exciting game!  Suggestions:  Handcrafted beer from Catlins True Brew, handmade cheese straws & locally grown vege crisps at Catlins Kitchen, dukkah & olive oil from Dunford Grove with many options of bread from our bakers Gilbert’s, Breads & More + Beano’s.  Tapenade from Port Larder, a good wedge of gooey Lindis Pass brie from Whitestone or a smoked brie at Evansdale, venison salami from Blue Mountain Butchery, some spicy pickles from Tartan Sari, fruit pastes from The Porridge Bar or grab some great bangers from Princes St Butcher if you are thinking of BBQing.  I’m looking forward to stocking up my sorry looking fridge again this weekend with fresh produce from Caithness, Waewae, Janefield’s & Ettrick’s, skim milk from Holy Cow, eggs from Agreeable, rye sourdough from Gilbert’s, microgreens from Brightside, apples from Willowbrook, etc – all of life’s essentials!  Coastal Kaps will be there on Saturday too with Oyster Mushrooms (Fresh, Dried, Chips and Salt).  I tried out the sourdough pizza bases made by Tomer at Breads & More – they are fermented for 36 hours, have no commercial yeast or preservatives and taste great too.  And it’s good to see the paeonies back at the Market with Ettrick’s & Janefield’s.  Feels like it’s safe weather wise (touch wood) to grab those lettuce & vege seedlings from Waikouaiti Gardens to get planting, as you will be wanting those summer salads in a few weeks, if not already!  Remember too that Terracotta Plants (house plants & natives), Stonehurst (fresh herb plants) and Matheson & Roberts (heritage varieties) will accept back their empty punnets to reuse.  All have interesting plants & old-time favourites – so, what are you waiting for… the Christmas Market on Saturday 24th Dec is only 7x Saturdays away - yikes!!

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, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in our ORDER NOW button on our website

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. Remember your keep cup / mug (if you forget, check with your beverage vendor if they have spares to borrow to save on a single use throw out cups – which are just not cool!), we will keep supplying them with fresh, steralised cups where needed, it’s up to us all to make use of this.  And remember your containers, produce bags, 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. 

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:  Paeonies from Ettrick Gardens


This Week in the kitchen

This week I had a look through the archives for recipes that kill two birds with one stone, lunch and dinner. Both of these great recipes make the most of our local produce and go great when reheated!  Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Savoury Jerusalem Artichokes

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Dunford Grove

View Recipe


Produce from Holy Cow Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd

View Recipe

Tartan Sari

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Hello Picklelovers

A quick pre-Christmas update (yes I did say the C word!)

I am well stocked up on everything this weekend as I will be away next weekend for some birthday fun. 

I have made some extra coriander chutney too (remember it freezes really well), and will be taking orders closer to Christmas if you would like a jar for the big day! 

I have actually run out of small jars so I am hoping my amazing jar suppliers will be able to send me some back-ups by the end of the week. If you have any of our jars at home, please return them. You get $1 off your next purchase if you do!

No seed crackers this weekend but I will be back onto them from 26th November onwards. I hope to have another offering - just for Christmas - but will keep a lid on that for now.

Our pickles and curry pastes make fabulous gifts, and our gift boxes make them look great, don’t they? 

Now here is some bad news…Tomato and Zucchini stocks are getting low and I am likely to run out by the end of the year or sooner. If these are your favourites, or you were hoping to give them as gifts, please get in quick or place an order because we might not have any until February. I’m planning on making much more this year so we shouldn’t run out again!

Danielle x


Dunford Grove

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Latest Dunford team member on the job this past week.  Stunning days for an introduction to property management, grass trimming a blade at a time might need reviewing!

Who knew?

Olive oil is great for nappy rash; the oils antinflamatory properties help with itching and skin irritation, plus the anti bacterial compounds protect from infection.

See you on the platform Saturday, maybe some good oil will help with your irritations?  Sandy


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Beautiful Paeonies😊 

Frill lettuce, soil-grown & spray-free 

Spray-free cauliflower

Radishes and parsley spray-free

Parsley & spring onions are also spray-free

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Spray-free silverbeet - only $3.00 per bunch😊

Spray-free Jerusalem artichokes - 1 KG only $4

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Spray-free spinach

Potatoes: Red Fantasy - A tasty general-purpose potato. Boiled, mashed, roasted, salad, or chips.

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries, mixed berries, boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants.


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. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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CALENDULA  (Calendula officinalis)

Often called 'Pot Marigolds' - bright daisy like flowers in shades of yellow or orange. A hardy annual that survives - and flowers - throughout our Dunedin winters! 

Culinary wise, flower petals give a saffron colouring and a light tangy flavor (but not saffron flavour) to rice,  fish, soft cheeses, yoghurt, butter, omelettes, milk dishes, cakes and sweet breads. Young leaves can be sprinkled in salads and casseroles. 

Boil flowers to create a yellow dye. 

Cosmetically petals are added to creams and baths for cleansing,  healing and softening of skin. 

Medically wise, Calendula can be taken as an infusion to aid digestion and promote bile production in the liver.  Use petals in ointments for varicose veins, bed sores, leg ulcers and bruises - petals were used in the American civil war by doctors to treat open wounds!

Full sun. Most soil types except waterlogged. Dead-head to promote flowering. Kate 


Dunedin Craft Distillers

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It has been an exciting week at the distillery, our new still has arrived. It is being installed and made NZ compliant over the next few weeks. Jenny and I are looking forward to getting it operating sometime in December.

We are on the platform this Saturday. We will have our 250mil bottles of our spirits, these make a perfect gift, either singularly or a selection in a gift box.

We will also have our 500mil and 750mil bottles of our Dunedin Dry, The Bay and Cacao Vodka. 

See you on the platform for chat . Jenny and Sue


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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We are away from the market. See you next week.

No.8 Distillery

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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


Gate Appeal: Dunedin Night Shelter

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The Dunedin Night Shelter Trust will be collecting at all three Market Gates this Saturday.

The Dunedin Night Shelter Trust was established in 2004 and has been running Dunedin’s only night shelter facility since 2006.  In 2012 the Trust expanded its services with the introduction of the Phoenix Lodge transitional housing programme, based in a separate building on the same site as the Night Shelter. 

There is no doubt that there are people facing a housing emergency in Dunedin every day and night.  Regardless of circumstances, these people have two things in common: they have run out of options and their needs are urgent.

The Dunedin Night Shelter is located at 18 Lees Street, Dunedin, offering free emergency accommodation to anyone in need.  The Shelter is open every night from 6pm to 9am.


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’


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.  


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.


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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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