This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

16th January 2021

Hi there


We had a wonderful, bustling market last week. The sun shone and you all came out in droves which very much pleased the vendors! All in all a wonderful start to the new year.

Paulina and Jose Hemandez started at the market last Saturday with their authentic Mexican ready to eat stall, Tunanopal. They were a hit straight off and great fun to watch as they whipped up fresh corn tacos with delicious fillings. You will find them between La Crepe and Gud coffee.

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Aaron Cooper from Harbour Fish.

Harbour Fish is a family-owned business that started in a shop in Port Chalmers 17 years ago. The brothers Cooper – Damon and Aaron, have never looked back.

Damon is the fisher of the two with Aaron providing oversight of the day to day running of the business.

Harbour Fish started at the farmers market within a few weeks of the market starting. They loved it and sold more at the market over a 4 hour period than they did 3 days in the shop. Back then blue cod was the southern fish of preference and whilst it is still a firm favourite, tastes have expanded, and people are enjoying a much wider range of fish. With the blue cod fisheries being reduced by 30% a concerted education process has awakened people to the virtues of other fish species such as gurnard and monk fish. The plethora of cooking shows that we all seem to enjoy has also helped educate people to different fish types and how to cook them.

While Harbour Fish has grown into a two shop, 2 factory, mid-sized fishing company the values of the company have remained firmly focused on sustainability, supporting local, community, quality and family.

Aaron and Damon take their responsibility seriously and are active members of governing bodies, Blue Cod 5 and others to help manage the fisheries so that our children and their children can still enjoy wild caught fish.

This inter-generational sense of care and responsibility extends throughout this business. Fishing families tend to run deep with boats moving from one generation to another. Some of the same families have owned the local fleets for generations.

Harbour Fish see themselves as managers of the fishing resource. They are fully supportive of the quota management system and see that since its inception fisheries have just got stronger and more sustainable. They manage all the quotas and ensure that their entire fleet of fishers are supported to do the best they can.

Fisheries are at the mercy of nature. Climate change is impacting the temperature of the sea which in turn impacts what type of fish will thrive in certain settings. The industry must remain nimble to work with nature rather than fighting it. Net mesh sizes have got bigger allowing smaller fish to escape and the quality of the fish caught improved.

Only one skip a week of waste is taken away from the Sawyers Bay factory these days. Much more of the fish is used. Chefs buy up the frames for stock and people are cottoning on to cooking whole fish and using all parts of it. What is left is converted to fish fertiliser, a natural organic way to nurture soil.

Harbour Fish love the farmers market. When they are able, they supply whole fish, and the popularity of this is obvious at 6.30am every Saturday when people start queuing in the hope that they will have whole moki, cod and other species.

See you Saturday


General Manager


Catlins True Brew & Kitchen - A Little Ditty

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The fantabulous fruit frenzy at the market is a true celebration of the kiwi summer...

So is cricket and I wanted to name this weekend all my beers as a cheers to those cracking chaps... our brilliant black caps...the planets test titans...

To celebrate and commemorate their stellar success decided to compose some more playful prose.... admittedly bit of a typical toby tangent...

 "On a higher plane again, runs for fun, don't fret yet he'll get...another ton....ah the reign of King Kane…

Our chipper skipper, levels raised, never ever fazed, knows, shows how the glorious game should be played...

Yes it's taken a while but hey we're finally top of the test pile.... pleasing... and easing that teasing world cup pain... 

We are number one because of games won, records smashed, parties crashed critics trashed, India thrashed....history made...

Not just Kane again... you shout...well what about... Lord Rosco and our rolling bowling trio with brio...oh what a team

You mean our humdinger swinger slinger... go on gimme another Timmy shimmy

The boults of frightening lefty lightening & real deal Neil's pouncer trouncer bouncer rule supreme...

Cheeky sneaky smile cos we've also got Kyle, the aplomb of Tom and wizard Watling coming up trumps behind the's no longer just a dream..."



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Saturday, I have a new sauce for the burgers: lightly spiced tomato.  So you now have the choice of this one or crunchy peanut or Teriyaki. 

For the sweet pancake sandwiches, the jam of the day is Nectarine ($5), you can add some vegan custard (made with fresh almond milk, coconut cream and chia seed) and roasted hazelnut, for $7.50. 


 *Organic Sauerkraut (onion & garlic or just cabbage)

Kimchi - mild, medium or hot is available –

           (cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & red pepper & chilli for the hot)

*Cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, pumpkin, #yellow beetroot, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin & mustard seed .

Cabbage, #daikon, *yams, ginger, red Korean pepper, Galangal – Kimchi style (medium) 

*Cabbage, carrots, celeriac, brocoflower, lemongrass, fennel & mustard seed 

                * organic   # spray free 

ORGANIC FRESH TEMPEH:  Mung beans, buckwheat & black sesame 


Freshly made every week from different beans, cereal and seeds. 

1 packet (225gm) for $8 or 2 packets for $15 

I use this same organic fresh tempeh in my BURGERS 

LOW SUGAR JAM: Plum, Nectarine, Apricot, Strawberry, Gooseberry, Cherry. Blackcurrant, Rhubarb.


Dunford Grove

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Well, we've got summer at last!  Best to get everything outdoors done in the morning then retreat inside! 

Leaf test time here; every year we send representative samples of new growth for analysis to check the trees have all they need.  In late autumn it's soil testing to see if the trace elements we need are present.

Did you know?

Olive oil soap removes make up gently and efficiently without irritating the skin, especially removing makeup around the eyes. However, just like any soap without pH neutralizing chemicals, please avoid soap from getting into your eyes as it will sting a little. 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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Please stay away if unwell (vendors & customers). 

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy (& always wash your produce when you get home).

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle returns, etc.

We will have loads of fantastic, fresh local produce, products, hot food, coffee, etc ready for you from 7:30am till 12:15pm around their usual spots at the market.

Cash is still accepted from many vendors.  CASH IS KING AT THE MARKET

QR CODES ARE AT ALL THE GATES please scan yourself in on the official govt Covid QR code.  (You will find them attached to the fence at each of the gates or at the caravan at front entrance)It will be everyone’s responsibility to scan in (incl vendors & staff).  This will be unmanned & is everyone’s responsibility to do so & to sanitize hands at entrances please.

If you can please make sure you have downloaded a Govt Covid diary tracker QR app on your smart phone to be prepared if you haven’t already done so.

Remember your charged mobile phones for contact tracing! 

Please sneeze into your elbow.


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