This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

14th January 2023

Hi there

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Happy new year!  Hopefully you had a few days off to refresh & reset for 2023. We have already had a bumper start to the Market this year with lots of visitors and the Christmas Market saw thousands of you descend very early to fill up the whole Market within minutes in the pouring rain to get your festive groceries.  I foolishly (in all the excitement) in my rain soaked steamed up reading glasses, hit slow-mo instead of timelapse on my old iphone while filming you all file in on mass & now I can’t get this huge file off the phone to share it yet – but it felt buzzy to be amongst it! Thanks for turning out in volume and supporting us and hopefully you got most of what you wanted for your table, picnic or BBQ.

The Market will be heaving with Central Otago stone fruit again this weekend.  Rosedale Orchard & Earnscleugh Co-op Orchards have lots of varieties available in their usual spots.  Big Fat Cherry will be back up again this week on the platform at the South gate, Willowbrook Orchard have bulk lots of apricots for processing available and Waitaki Orchards have sundrop apricots coming off the trees. Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries & apricot’s – what’s not to love about summer in the south with these guys!  (Apart from all the rain lately).  Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs will be bringing as much as they can this week – they are always popular but it’s now next level demand! Also, Waikouaiti Gardens have organic eggs available.  Chinese Crepe are away for the next little bit along with Bagelo’s, but all your favourite brunch places are available this weekend – La Crepe, Abdal’s, Slice of Heaven, Bacon Buttie, Marie’s and Boden Deli, Juiced Up, Silk Rd, Jia He, coKo Lounge, GUD & Classic Coffee carts and other options.

Exciting Market bubba news! Esther from Company of Flowers has had a little girl over the new year & her stall will be back in action on 21st January with family & partner Jamie help on the day.

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 (veg 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.  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: Ruth from Wild Dispensary harvesting St John's Wort in Central Otago

Insert Image:  Rodger & Georgia from Janefield's getting into the Christmas spirit last year


This Week in the kitchen

The festive season has come to an end, but that doesnt mean the sweet treats made from Market produce stop! This rhubarb cake is a great option for those that are gluten free, or feeding someone else who is! I love to make a slaw like this at the start of the week and add it to meals as the week goes by, saving time. Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Beetroot Slaw

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics Dunford Grove

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Rhubarb, Orange & Polenta Cake

Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

View Recipe

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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


Raspberry and boysenberries

Blueberry time!

Fresh blackcurrants (this week only)

Beetroot: Round, Cylindra, candy, & Gold - all spray free

Broad beans and peas

New potatoes are spray-free and delicious 

Spray free courgettes & zucchinis

Spring cabbage & kale spray-free

Broccoli & cauliflower spray free  

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free: whole and shelled 

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith apples

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.


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for the BIG RED VAN on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE trials of all of our fruit. 


Lapin Cherry

Sonnet Cherry

ORGANIC Stella Cherry 

SPRAY-FREE Sour Cherry (unfortunately not this week, but will be the following week).

Plus our amazing BLUEBERRIES 

Stonefruit is ripe and ready... yay!




Flat peaches


Thanks, Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op 


Wild Dispensary

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We will be back at the Market from this Saturday onwards.

We’ve been up in Central Otago enjoying the sun and river swims, but also harvesting St Johns Wort for our Golden Skin Oil and Mood Boost at Bannockburn.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is often called liquid sunshine. It's well-known for supporting low mood and most people are also aware that it should be avoided for people on long-term meds.

Did you also know that St. John's wort...

-Is a nerve-insulator, working on both the nervous system and physical nerves.

-Has been shown in 30+ clinical studies to be as effective as common antidepressants.

-Compared to a placebo 2/3 of people taking St. John's wort reported a decrease in their anxious feelings and low mood.

We think it is truly nature's sunshine!

We are running some specials to kick off 2023

  • Mood Boost for $50 (usually 54.95)
  • Back to School & Work Combo pack (Rest and Calm and Defence Elixir) for $50 usually $69.90

Ruth Vaughan

021 185 0471

Wild Dispensary Ltd

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Check us out on: Facebook - Instagram - LinkedIn


Dunford Grove

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Happy New Year people! I hope this finds you well, and looking forward not back!

Here we’re looking at fruit set, just to give us a handle on the year’s crop.  Not looking too bad so far, now we wait for the sun to do its best!

Did you know?  Once our Extra Virgin Olive Oil is in the bottle the very last thing it needs is direct sunlight.  Please keep your oils in a cool, dark place (not refrigerated).


Hazelnut Estate

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Happy New Year everyone!

We are looking forward to being back at OFM this Saturday with our very tasty and nutritious hazelnuts. We will have dry roasted nuts and our amazing hazelnut chocolate spread which makes the perfect accompaniment to strawberries! See you Saturday!

Janine and Roger


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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Shoo-Fly (Nicandra physalodes)

The lavender cup-shaped flowers appear in summer above the dark green leaves and the inflated green-purple calyx which encases the unappetizing poisonous fruit, which can be dried and used in floral arrangements. This annual seems to be pretty hardy, hailing from South America, and it is from the Solenaceae family (think deadly nightshade).

It is suggested to be used as a companion plant as it helps to deter whitefly (and other flying bugs) from the glasshouse or Vege garden. The ‘juice’ of the plant can be mixed with milk, the shoo-fly juice-infused milk then attracts and kills flies – hence the name!  

In some parts of the world, a decoction of the leaves is used to treat head lice and supposedly in the southern US it is known for rubbing the leaves on people's skin as a fly repellant. While it is deadly to whitefly, head lice and houseflies, its blue flowers are not deadly to beneficial bees or butterflies! Easy to grow in full sun. Annual. Ht 60-80cm

Please note that this plant is NOT TO BE INGESTED and can cause skin irritations in some. Kate


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten).  Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. 

Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant based foods


Dear Customers & friends, 

We are back at the market this week and I have important news to let you know: I am about to take a 6-month break (more or less) from the Otago Farmer’s Market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. I intend to have my last market sometime after mid-February, depending on how much stock I have.  If you would like to stock up on some tempeh I sell 10 packets of frozen or fresh tempeh for $70 with different mixes depending on my stock. Other products like low-sugar jam, herbs, kimchi vegan cheese, and all the fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, kimchi and seasonal fermented.  

Please request a list and prices of my products, email me at I will follow up on your order which you will be able to collect from the market, my place in Ravensbourne, or we could also arrange a delivery (free for a $30 minimum) in Dunedin. It is essential you order them in advance and place your order ASAP (as I have limited stock) and no later than Sunday 5th February 2023. 

If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will be back, please follow me on Facebook @Marie’s plant based foods, and I will post some updates. 

I would like also to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved meeting you all on Saturdays for the past 3 years. Keep well.

Sincerely, Marie.


- *Sauerkraut (*Green cabbage with onion & garlic $14, or just cabbage $13) for 380g   

- *Kimchi - (*green cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli ). Mild, medium, or hot is available. Please let me know which you like - 380g for $15  


- #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g (Almost Finished) 

-SEASONAL KIMCHI:  *Chinese & *green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, - mild, medium, or hot is available - $16 for 380g

-#Daikon, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

                                  * organic #spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Adzuki bean, brown rice, and black sesame seed. Freshly made every week from different beans, cereals, and seeds. 1 packet (225g) for $8 or 2 packets for $15 - enquire if you would like more.


270g: Strawberry, feijoa ($6) OR Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry OR 1 mix: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry  

1 mix: Strawberry & blueberry OR 1 mix: Pear & gooseberry 


SPECIAL: Rhubarb, nectarine, and raspberry low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $8.50, or BANOFFEE: date butterscotch, vegan custard & fresh banana $9, or BOUNTY: dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $8.50 

TEMPEH BURGER $11: choose between crunchy peanut sauce, plum & spices, or tomato and jalapeno sauce. Add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut or purple pickled vegetable.

They all have an organic, fresh tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts and mayonnaise.

VEGAN CHEESE SANDWICH $8: Choose between pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, or both. Served with salad. 

VEGAN CHEESE: Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas, and culture. Available with herbs or Kimchi *Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


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 & it gets distributed out to local charities for those in need this week.


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. 

Start with a complimentary drink and enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and rotisserie 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.


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.

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