This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

13th May 2023

Hi there

Lashings of hail, wind & rain – hopefully you are keeping warm & dry wherever you are.  Saturday is looking the shining light, for the week luckily in time for Mother’s Day.  We will have plenty of brunch & coffee options for you & gift ideas if you are looking – paeony tubers at Janefield Hydroponic’s for the garden, jars of pickles at Port Larder, Porridge Bar & Tartan Sari.  Matheson & Roberts I’m sure will have bunches of flowers & packets of their great heritage seeds, Merrall still has a selection of flowers to create your own customised bunch.  There are Gins from Dunedin Craft Distillery & No.8 Distillery.  We sell Market vouchers at our caravan or get a Market bag (only $8) & fill it with produce & goodies. We look forward to seeing you & if you are in town for graduations, we hope you stop by for a coffee & a bite to eat beforehand (in the sunshine hopefully!).  

Check out the collab event between our vendors No.8 Distillery, Ronia & Pippi, Tartan Sari & Princes St Butcher below - I love hearing about various collaborations between vendors & the relationships that are formed through the Market.  

John at Bennies Honey has given me a heads up that this weekend he will have Thyme Honey & Manuka Honey in all sizes with a special on the 1Kg jar of Manuka or Thyme for $25!

Thanks to everyone that voted for us in the Organic NZ Farmers Market award which our friends at Waikato Farmers Markets (includes Hamilton & Cambridge farmers markets) won this year with loads of support from their local communities.  Nelson Farmers Market came second with us third.  Great to see the top line-up are all authentic farmers markets aligned with Farmers Markets New Zealand like us.

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted to our customer survey so far.  As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below over the next month. It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

Complete our Customer Survey here: Otago Farmers Market Customer Survey 2023 (

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 vendors.  If you want to BORROW A PLATE or CUTLERY 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. 

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

Just a reminder that ALL our Market vendors are open officially at 8am, (we know that some are ready & open earlier), but there will be plenty for all if you are there from 8am.

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

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Matheson & Roberts


This Week in the kitchen

Wow! What a chilly week it’s been. So here is a hearty roasted carrot & leek soup to keep you warm and French toast recipe to make for Mum on Sunday using seasonal apples. A very happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's out there! Jamie - Assistant Manager

Roasted Carrot and Leek Soup

Produce from Whitestone Cheese Waewae Permaculture Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Caithness Farm Ltd

View Recipe
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Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Gilbert's Fine Food Breads & More Ettrick Gardens Beano's Bakery Willowbrook Orchard Caithness Farm Ltd

View Recipe

No.8 Distillery

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Mother's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to show your appreciation for the special person in your life than with a delicious drink?

Whether your Mum loves gin, liqueurs we've got you covered!

Our award-winning spirits are handcrafted with the finest foraged ingredients, making them the perfect gift for any occasion.


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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


Green and Red Cabbage Spray Free ‘ONLY $3.50 each’

Frost sweetened parsnips

Lots of spray free pumpkins - Grey, green & butternut varieties

Jerusalem Artichokes – spray free

Large leeks, daikon, spinach - all spray free

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

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

Jalapeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies, and capsicums are IN SEASON now!

Celery & Parsley - spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria, Red Fantasy & Heather potatoes - spray free and delicious 

Washed Tiny Taties – many varieties

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

APPLES – 14 varieties! Pacific Rose, Fuji, Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Red & Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty, Pacific Queen, Cox Orange apples, Pink Lady and Sturmer

Quince, Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nellis and taylors gold pears

Walnuts spray free and shelled

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 Roxburgh - Ettrick Highway, State Highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.



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Come and experience the culinary collaboration of four market vendors. No8 Distillery, Princes St Butcher, Ronia & Pippi Cold Pressed & Tartan Sari have joined forces to bring you an intimate, gastronomic evening full of delectable small dishes & delicious drinks. When not serving our lovely customers, you will often find market vendors yarning away with each other. Sometimes we talk about collaborating and we have finally brought our ideas into fruition!

Join us in the beautiful No.8 Distillery on Thursday 25th May 6pm. For tickets or to find out more follow the event link below. Or come chat to us on Saturday! 

A wonderful gift for Mothers Day!

Limited tickets available. 

GF, DF & Vegan options available.


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for our RED VAN in the PLATFORM.


SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING - 100% paper packaging (no plastic)

All fruit PACKED ON THE DAY, so super fresh. Straight from the cool store to you.

At the market this Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Braeburn Apple, Fuji Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple, Koru Apple

SRAY FREE: Asian Quince, English Quince, Walnuts

PLUMS: Omega plum, Torwick plum, Angelino plum

APPLES: Nancy Fizz Apple, Granny Smith

PLUS: Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

PEARS: Beurre Bosc, Packham, Winter Nellis, Concord

Plus, we have Amazing HONEY: Thyme Honey, Runny Clover Honey, Comb Honey, Manuka Honey


PRE-ORDER your fruit so you don't miss out just Txt 021 455341 by Friday 10am to order any fruit. We will pack and hold for you. Please collect by noon.

Feel free to MIX the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit selection at the market. Plus remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit before you buy it.

Thanks Rob, Sher and family


We want to know what YOU think!

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As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

Complete our Customer Survey here: Otago Farmers Market Customer Survey 2023 (


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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SWEET VIOLET (Viola odorata)

A hardy ground cover with beautiful sweetly scented violet-coloured blooms in autumn & spring. It's 'seductive' scent led this humble little flower to become the plant of Venus and Aphrodite (Goddesses of love) with the ancient Greeks adopting violets as their symbol for fertility.

Violet flowers can be eaten candied, or raw in salads or floated on soups (NB: a quick way to make candied violets is to brush fresh flowers with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar and air dry).

Flowers and leaves were once used to make a tasty cough syrup and sore throat gargle. Due to being slightly sedating it is suggested as a tea (fresh or dried flowers) for those suffering from anxiety, insomnia and/or blood pressure issues whereas dried violet leaf and/or root tea is said to alleviate catarrh and bronchitis.

Aromatherapy wise violets are often described as having a soporific effect.

A poultice of fresh leaves is said to help relieve bruising.

A creeping rhizome that prefers summer shade (ideal under deciduous trees or sited for early morning sun only). Organic enriched moist soils for best results. Perennial. Ht 10cm.

NB: Do not take large amounts of the leaves as they may cause vomiting or diarrhoea.

Cheers, Kate


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’

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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.

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

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