This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

15th April 2023

Hi there

Another week quickly rolls around fast doesn’t it!  Happy school & university holidays if that’s you and if you are in town we have loads of vendors back this weekend, so we look forward to seeing you. We welcome back Zoe & Alex from Chinese Crepe up on the platform in their old spot which we are happy about and all you Bing lovers out there.  Kakanui Produce will be back NEXT weekend.  Figs have finished for the season – Brendon doubled the amount of Markets he did this year, so here’s hoping for another bumper crop next season.  I have just heard from Harbour Fish & the weather has affected supply this week so they will be back NEXT weekend.  Coastal Kaps are back again with mushroooms.  Congrats to Dunedin Craft Distillers for their wins at the London Spirits Awards for The Bay winning Gold & their Dunedin Dry and Naked Spirit getting Silvers!  

We are a finalist in the Farmers Market of the Year Organic NZ Awards '23 amongst some good company.  Vote for us below or check out our post on Facebook if you think the Otago Farmers Market is the most popular farmers’ market in Aotearoa!

Just a reminder, as so many of you are getting to the Market earlier & earlier, that officially we open at 8am so our vendors don't have to start trading or be ready before then (although I know many are), so please be patient - thank you.  Gilbert’s Fine Food, Blue Mountain Butchery, Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs & many others all start around 8am so please respect this.  We are trying to manage this so people don’t keep coming earlier & earlier and hopefully soon this will balance out to make it more user friendly for our customers & vendors. 

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 / hot choc 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. 

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.  We thank you for your loyal support!

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

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

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Caithness Farm



This Week in the kitchen

Did you know cauliflower is an excellent source of antioxidants? Here is a simple but delicious soup recipe and of course a sweet treat to follow it up with. 


Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Kakanui Produce

View Recipe
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Chocolate Tofu Brownie

Produce from Jia He Asian Food Manufacturer Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Ronia and Pippi

View Recipe

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Lots of pumpkins - Grey, green & orange varieties


Leeks & spinach are back - both spray free

Fresh raspberries!

Beautiful broccoflower spray free - has a delicious nutty flavour.

Green and Red cabbage spray free

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

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

Celery and parsley spray free

Frost sweetened parsnips

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Heather potatoes, spray free and delicious 

Spray free zucchini

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Royal gala, pacific beauty and cox orange apples

Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice and taylors gold pears and torwick plums

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.


Dunedin Craft Distillers

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Come and try our Autumn Hedgerow Gin which we have distilled for the Wild Dunedin celebrations. It has flavours of Tarata, Hawberries and Blackberries, all found in an autumn hedgerow. We will also have The Bay which has just won a gold medal at the London Spirits awards and our other delicious spirits for you to taste.

We will look forward to seeing you on the platform for a chat.  Jenny, Sue and Bastien 


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. 

We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. Try before you buy. Note we are 100% paper packaging (Nothing in Plastic). 

Plus everything is packed at the market ON THE DAY, so super fresh. 

Where are we you ask? Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform under the roof.

At the market Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple and Jazz Apple 


We will hopefully still have nectarines and peacherines. Will only confirm Friday once we quality-check the fruit.

PLUMS: Freedom Plum, Fortune plum, Black Diamond plum and Omega plum

Plus: Nashi Yellow and Nashi Gold (possibly) 

PEARSBurre Bosc and Packham


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

Feel free to mix SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix at the market and remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit. 

Thanks, Rob, Sher and family


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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WILD ROSEHIP (Rosa species)

In the early 1800s the Sweet Briar Rose was planted around homesteads in New Zealand but spread rapidly throughout the tussock land of southern New Zealand - most likely via birds.

A scrambly, thorny rose that has pink flowers in summer that turn into bright orange/red berries in autumn (rosehips) - only a thin layer of 'flesh' encases a large number of seeds!

Rosehips are harvested when bright orange / red in colour and can be used in jams, jellies, candies, teas, syrups or wines. 

In the era of WWII (and after) both in England and here in New Zealand rosehips were harvested and made into a 'health' syrup for children due to rosehips naturally containing vitamins B, E, K and being high in vitamin C - ideal as a hot winter drink or poured over rice puddings, pancakes or on ice cream!

After a busy Easter weekend for us come and check out the new 'wild' stocks - Pickled Boletes and dehydrated Wild Mushrooms, Haw Ketchup, Rosehip Syrup and a variety of apple jellies created with spray-free apples from an abandoned Macraes homestead!  Cheers, Kate


Coastal Kaps Grow Bags

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Hiya, we will be at the market this weekend and will have a limited amount of grow bags available. 

See you there.  Michelle


Who Ate All the Pies?


Back by popular demand and of course the new season …..

“Steak & Bluff Oyster” Pies $8.00 each or 3 for $21.00.

We expect to have these in stock on a first come first serve basis for the next few months 😁

Best wishes Steven & Team


Organic NZ Farmers Market of the Year - Vote for Us!

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Voting in our Farmers Market of the Year category is live now; with prizes on offer to some lucky winners.
Shout out to our finalists: Bay Of Islands Farmers Markets, Hamilton Farmers' Market & Cambridge Farmers' Market NZ, Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market, Kerikeri Farmers Market, Nelson Farmers Market, Oratia Farmers Market, Otago Farmers Market, Tauranga Farmers Market, Thorndon Farmers' Market

Your chance to win 1 of 3 annual subscriptions to Organic NZ Magazine when voting for your favourites: 

Organic NZ Farmers' Market of the Year - Organic NZ


No.8 Distillery


No8 Apricot Gin Liqueur - 30% - Limited edition

$60 - 700ml // $25 -250ml

We are showcasing the first by-product Apricot Gin Liqueur, crafted from rescuing ripped & ugly apricots from Earnscleugh Co op Orchards.

Designed to be drunk neat on ice, your first sip and smell will give you a sweet hug, followed by a rich taste of coriander, sunny apricot and a flush of chamomile.  Feel free to pair with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic or tonic water to upscale your drink.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks, Julien.


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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