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15th March 2018

Hi there

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I had the pleasure of visiting a relative newcomer to the farmers market recently. Michael Hastie, from Bay Road Peanut Butter. Michael, the owner of this start up business, has a passion for food, especially healthy food that helps boost and support the local economy. He started his working life as a builder but knew that this wasn’t what he wanted to be doing full time for the rest of his working life and so began his research into creating a food business. He happened on peanut butter as no one else was doing it locally and it ticked the healthy and natural boxes plus it was a staple for many people. His peanut butters are 100% natural products using Hi-Oleic peanuts and a small amount of Himalayan salt. Their peanuts are grown in Australia and Argentina and are the healthiest peanuts available. They are high in protein, healthy fats similar to olive oil and are also a good source of carbohydrates which provide great sustained energy.

The name Bay Road comes from the street Michael grew up on in Warrington. Bay Road represents a happy, healthy childhood and a clean, pristine environment – these are both hugely important to Michael and his business.

Michael really believes in having as minimal an effect on the environment as possible. The jars he uses are purposefully great keepers to store pantry staples in. Or he will take them back and reuse them or, in the very near future, he will be able to refill jars at the market.

He believes very firmly in local industry and looks forward to the day that he can employ local people. He has many exciting developments in the pipeline. Watch this space for updates on this. If you haven’t already go and check him out up on the platform next to Lebanese Cuisine. His peanut butter is simply the best.

We have Stonehurst Gourmet Mushrooms back this week with autumnal fungi.

Figs will also make a return this week, be in quick for these desirable morsels.

See you Saturday






This Week in the kitchen

Kate is in the kitchen this week and is really putting on the charm with some Boozy Dark Chocolate and Plum Brownie, you know its going to be good when the first instruction is marinate your plums overnight. If that isn't your type of thing don't worry she's also got a Greek Style Merino Lamb Shanks with Orzo Salad, tzatziki and flat bread.

 I don't know about you but we can't wait to try them this Saturday! 


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Boozy Dark Chocolate and Plum Brownie

Produce from Willowbrook Orchard

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Greek lamb shanks

Produce from

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Produce from Waikouaiti Gardens

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Flat breads

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Quick Pickled Cabbage

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Roasted Squash with Sage and Almonds

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Orzo Salad

Produce from Waikouaiti Gardens

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Compostable Collection


After 3 years of tirelessly collecting the compostables gathered at the market every week YouthGrow are stepping aside to allow other groups to make the most of this opportunity.

We are therefore on the hunt for a community garden, or collective of community gardens to take up the mantle. The compostables break down quickly after being shredded and in the warmer months will produce worm filled compost in as little as 6 weeks.

The Otago Farmers Market Trust are fully committed to reducing waste at the market. As a result of collecting compostable materials form the market we have diverted close to 90% of market waste from landfill.

Please spread the word that we would love to talk to any group who might be interested in helping us with this project. We are super keen to keep this initiative rolling.




Waikouaiti Gardens Tomato Special this Week


Cherry Tomatoes - Certified Organic

Mixed punnets- Special this week only $4.00/punnet


Heirloom/Heritage tomatoes - Certified Organic

Bags of mixed colours, great flavour. 1/2kg bags -$4.00


Glasshouse Red tomatoes - Certified Organic

1/2 kg bags -$3.50 each.


Cucumbers - Certified Organic

Great selections of sizes from $2.00 to $4.50 each.


All our produce is soil grown and certified organic by BNZ Biogro. Our produce has been certified organic since 2002.


La Crepe Specials

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Jam Of The Day: Green Gage Plum $5.50

Sweet Crepe:  Nectarine  Dream, Nectarine  Jam & Poached Market Nectarine  With Confectioner’s Custard $10 Or With Whipped Cream $9.50

 Savoury Crepe: Steamed Fresh Corn With Creamy Spinach & Sorrel  (Vegan) Or Ratatouille (Zucchini, Capsicum, Eggplant In Yummy Tomato Sauce & Herbs) (Vegan) Or Homemade Smoked Mackerel Or Beef “Provencale” With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


Produce Bags Are Back!

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Remember to pick up your recycled net curtain produce bags from the site office. At this time of year with so many tasty fruit at the market there are too many reasons not to have some. We are asking for $2  for these so that we can continue to make more.

Also please remember to drop off your clean, undamaged super market bags to the site office. We re-cycle these throughout the market.


Ettrick Gardens


New This Week

Pumpkin, Buttercup Squash, Pacific Beauty, Golden Delicious, Doyenne Du Comice & Taylors Gold, Honey Pears

“Fresh This Week”

Blackberries, Raspberries & Blueberries

Peasgood Nonsuch, Royal Gala, Fiesta & Sweet Lady Apples, Bon Cretien, Star Crimson Pears, Luisa Plums & Greengages. Agria, Heather & Highlander New Potatoes, Supersweet Honey N Pearl Sweetcorn, Silverbeet, Gold Beetroot,  Carrots, Pumpkin, Spring Onions, Courgettes, Red Cabbage, Parsley,  & Beetroot, Basil, Coloured Peppers Kale, Cavolo Nero & Chillies

Super Special On

Blackberries 1 Kg $16 Cabbage $2.50 Each Large Silverbeet Only $2.50 A Head  Pumpkin Squash $3 Each

Please Recycle “Our” Pottles And Punnets Each Week. There Will Be A Crate Under The Apple Table To Put Them In. Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags. Thank You “Love Our Planet”

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


Otago Organics Fruit for this week


Medlars at $4.00 KG are ready now. Medlar is fruit originally from Persia,  related to quinces and apples, and part of the rose family. The fruit is picked in the autumn when the leaves start to fall off the when they are both too sour and too hard to eat. The fruit needs to rot a bit first (this is called "bletting") before it is actually considered "ripe" enough to eat. This takes about 2 to 3 weeks in storage, or upside down on a plate. They will become soft, mooshy brown, sweet and tasty with a flavour close to applesauce or cider.  Come and taste Medlar Jelly and pick up a  free recipe and information sheet along with your Medlars.

Quince are also great for jelly and other preserves. These are $5.00 a kg  

Louise Bon de Jersey Pears are firm but crisp and sweet. They are excellent for salads or eating with blue cheese.  Pick up our recipe sheet for Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with balsamic and honey dressing. $5.00kg



Dragonfly Unbakery


Thanks for bearing with us as we transition to our new brand, Kapowai Brewing Co. Our official relaunch is Easter weekend so, until then, we'll have a mixture of old and new labels, so apologies for any confusion!! 

We'll have some exciting relaunch promotions when the time comes, so keep an eye on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kapowaibrewingco for info.


Market Special Kombucha

As we say goodbye to the last of our summer days, I keep going back to stone fruit for the market special. I figure we might as well make the most of it while we still can! This week we have Black Boy Peach and Vanilla flavour for you. 

We've been selling out of the special before 9am every week, so you'll have to set your alarm early if you want to catch it this time!


See you on Saturday xx


~Heidi & Dave


Stonehurst Mushrooms


Stonehurst Mushrooms are back at the market, Oyster, Shiitake, Poplar, Wild Field Mushroom, Birch Bolete, Slippery Jack

I've a variety of dried mushrooms in different sizes available including mixed, the mushroom chips will be back, gluten free soup mix and when available fresh mushrooms.

Come see me up on the platform at the south end.




NZ Nuts


The first of this seasons nuts will be in the market this week:

Walnuts:  Tehama in shell

Almonds: Nonpareil in shell

I’ll also have

Black Krim heritage tomatoes, Quince & Garlic


Have a good week


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