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13th September 2018

Hi there

I’m back from a glorious sailing trip in Tonga. We basked in lovely warm temperatures day and night, swam with whales and enjoyed the tropical, turquoise waters. The market at Neiafu in Vava’u was a real treat. Jammed packed on a daily basis with pawpaw, water melons, coconuts, taro, yams, kumara, snake beans, aubergine, pineapples, salad greens, tomatoes, turmeric, kava, whale meat (just kidding!!) The Tongan people are gorgeous, super friendly and very laid back. Swimming with humpback whales, mum and calf, was an inspiring and uplifting adventure.

We are expecting 21 degree temperatures at the market this week. This is pretty unbelievable. Road works aside Dunedin is fast becoming the nirvana of the south. The market continues to pump along.

We welcomed a new vendor last week – Brightside Microgreens. Ben and Ann Haines are growing a  range of single varietal and mixed microgreens out of a decommissioned, refrigerated shipping container which they have upcycled into a self-contained, climate controlled grow-pod. They use high quality, certified organic soil and source organic seed where possible. While you can buy their greens already packaged they encourage you to bring along a container that they can pack your purchase into. You can find them up on the platform opposite The Porridge Bar.

Coastal Kaps will be at the market this week with their oyster mushrooms, fresh and dried.

Matheson and Roberts are moving down to the lower market. Be sure to check them out in their new site next to Willowbrook Orchard. Taste Nature too is on the move. You will find them next to Wild Dispensary, along from Spelt.

Speaking of which Spelt will not be at the market this week but our other bakers will be very happy to see you for your baked goods and treats.

The road works continue (all around the city centre as it happens) so take care getting in and out of the market.

See you Saturday




This Week in the kitchen

This sponge is looking like it might end up being the embodiment of Saturday at this rate. Light, Warm, comforting, and something thing to occupy your every waking moment untill you can enjoy it.

Kate’s  Duck Egg Sponge with Jam and Holy Cow Cream isn’t the only great thing this week at the market with the weather promising to be grand get some friends together and make a morning of it!


For a Printable copy Click here

Sprout and Pear Salad

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard

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Devilled Sausages

Produce from Rosedale Orchard

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Twice Baked Cauliflower and Evansdale Bay Yellow Soufflé

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Evansdale Cheese

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Duck Egg Sponge with Jam & Cream

Produce from

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Oyster Mushroom Fritters served with Lemon and Thyme Aioli

Produce from

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Seeking Scarletts Replacement

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Scarlett is leaving us and we seek a multi faceted, talented and creative individual who loves the market to take her place.

The hours vary from 12 - 22 per week with a high degree of flexibility. The successful candidate will work at the market up to 20 times a year (6am - 1.30pm Saturday) and will have 12 hours a week in the office every week.

Experience with admin and accounts essential. Working knowledge of Xero an advantage.

Must enjoy interacting with social media and  creating effective posts.

Getting along with people absolutely essential with a super strong customer service ethos.

Check out all the details here


Ettrick Gardens


New This Week

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

8 Varieties Of Apples & Pear Varieties

Royal Gala, Pacific Rose, Cox’s Orange,  Pink Lady, Braeburn Granny Smith & Sturmer Apples. Winter Nelis Pears.

Please Note, We Do Not Export, So We Use Less Sprays. We Have Reusable Net Produce Bags Available To Buy So You Do Not Have To Use Plastic Bags. 3 Sizes Available, Only $2 Each

Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather, Highlander, Jelly & Anushka Potatoes: Anushka Is A Great General Purpose Potato. Little Bit Floury But  Won’t Break Up When You Boil Them, But Mash Beautifully Also Great For Roasting Or Chipping. They Stay Chunky In Your Stews And Chowders. Great Flavour. Yams & Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cauliflower, Silverbeet, Savoy Cabbage Red Cabbbage, Leeks, Beetroot, Coloured Carrots, Brightlights Silverbeet, Carrots, Gourmet Washed Potatoes Jerusalem Artichokes & Celeriac

Super Special’s This Week

Potatoes 5kg @ $6 (7 Varieties) Winter Nelis Pears Only “$1.50 Kg” Curley Kale Only $2 “Or” 2 For $3 Leeks Only $3 A Bunch

Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags Or Boxes With You. Thank You We Are Now Single Use Shopping Bag Free. Check Out Our Range Of Reusable Bags

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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Kapowai Brewing Co.


Kombucha ON TAP

This weekend we will finally be offering kombucha ON TAP at the market, so you can bring back your Kapowai Kombucha bottle, or any other vessel to fill. We'll have two flavours on tap each week, for just $10 per litre!!! If you are bringing your own bottle, please remember to have it weighed before filling.

Farmers Market Special

The special we had planned wasn't quite ready for bottling, so we sadly don't have a special flavour this week. To make it up to you, we're putting ALL of our standard flavours on special - 750ml for $10 and 350ml for $5. Wahooooo! Time to stock up!

~Heidi & Dave


Wildlife Hospital Students’ Association

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The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin is based at Otago Polytechnic. It’s the only facility of its kind, in the South Island of New Zealand – home to some of the world’s most unique and most threatened species. We treat a wide variety of animals, including native birds, penguins, seals, and sea lions. The hospital is crucial for the survival of many of these creatures.

Before the hospital opened, sick or injured endangered species were flown to the North Island for treatment – a journey that seriously reduced their chances of pulling through. Animals that aren’t endangered were left to either fight for themselves, or were euthanased. A quick, local response, will now maximise the survival rates of all native wildlife. Ultimately, we'll be increasing animal populations right across the lower South Island.  

The Wildlife Hospital Students’ Association is running a street appeal day around Dunedin this Saturday, from which 100% of the profits will go directly to the ongoing operations of the Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin. Come and visit our market stall to get your face painted, buy a reusable bag or children’s book, or just to donate to our cause! We’d love to meet you


Holy Cow

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We a have new flavoured yoghurt this week, Apricot. As well as raspberries and ever popular Maple syrup. Last week the apricot yoghurt drink was a hit, so there will be more of those, too. We're testing different fruit and sizes so let us know what you think! 

Milk production at the farm has plateaued (for now) at about 200 litres a day . We've had 9 calves so far, with a similar number expected during the rest of spring. Production volume is at about 50% now. If this wonderful spring rain remains it will grow even more. So we will have a good stock of all the basics; especially cream. We sold out last week so we will spin some more through the separator for  Saturday! 

Finally we get a lot of inquiries about butter. It will be back soon. We are making a new mould and are also waiting in a glut in supply. When we do have some in will feature in this newsletter

This week we have:

  • Skim Milk
  • Full Fat Milk
  • Cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Flavoured yoghurt
  • Lassi

Brydone Growers


We will be back again this week thanks to some good weather helping the Broccoli and Cauliflower get big enough to pick!


See all you there

- Nigel


Waitaki Bacon and Ham


We will be back on Saturday at market!

Plus this week we will have our:

  • Pork & Fennell sausages $10 pack
  • pork belly fingers $ 8 pack
  • champagne ham chunks  from $10 -$30.
  • Frozen whole ribeye $ 30 each
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