This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

17th December 2022

Hi there

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The silly season is well & truly here as most of you count down the days till a bit of a break hopefully, Christmas, summer days or just plain getting through the last of this 2022 - wishing you all well to get there!

This weekend we will see Donald from Butlers Berries with freshly picked raspberries along with Chris & Viv from Kakanui Produce with their popular bounty, Rosedale Orchard will have the first of the NEW season stonefruit - peaches, apricot’s and necatarines!  Likewise Willowbrook Orchard are hoping to be picking the stonefruit for this weekend too.  Big Fat Cherry will be there as well, (I know many of you have been asking). The Mosgiel Brass Band will be back again for carols and you will see lots of great Christmassy fare, produce gift idea's and food for your celebrations.  Swing by the caravan again this weekend as Chef Amy might have some sweet treats for you again in the Market Kitchen to eat as I have organised her to cook up a big batch of Christmas chocolate brownie for morning tea for our hard working vendors, she'll make plenty for our wonderful customers as well.

I had my first Christmas fruit tart of the season from Gilbert’s on Saturday which was melt in your mouth delicious – my order is already in for Christmas day, be in quick.  And how pretty are these Christmas cookies in the header crafted by Lesya from Dolce Vita. Be sure to get your Christmas drinks sorted this weekend for any Central Otago organic wines, as this is Judge Rock’s last weekend pre.  I’ve got my bottle chilling in the fridge already of Guilty Pét-Nat 2021, a naturally fermenting rosé juice -it’s known to a bit of a party in your mouth kind of drink which sounds like fun. 

Congratulations to all the graduates again this week – we saw many of you on Saturday morning buying up posies & bouquets and we look forward to more of you and your families this weekend.  Be sure to grab a coffee and a bite to eat before your parade.  Abdal’s do a great tasty Saj wrap pizza for something on the go, Juiced Up do the most delicious fresh green lemonade I have tried (take a jar or your keep cup for them to fill – I took a clean peanut butter jar last weekend which was perfect to shake, stroll & enjoy) – find them up on the north end of the platform.  

If you are looking for a very special gift idea, then I’m going to let you be first to know what we are planning for 2023!  It’s our 20th birthday celebrations next year from March & we are planning a fabulous Otago Farmers Market Long Lunch along the Railway Platform on Sunday 26th March.  Precinct Food will be creating a 3-course feast from the Market bounty of produce & products.  Tickets can be brought now in this link. There will only be seating for 150 lucky guests at the long, long table, so gather your friends or family and any foodies in your life.  See details below in the newsletter to get yours. Nicola McConnell from Dine Dunedin, etc will be managing this exclusive event for us, thought I would let you know now for those planning their late summer calendar schedule or those wanting a significant gift voucher idea.  

Don’t forget that the best way to help those in need right now is to contribute to the Kiwi Harvest Crate by the Market caravan.  The wonderful team at Kiwi Harvest collect from there & from our Market vendors each Saturday lunchtime and then it’s distributed to local charities who make sure it gets to the right communities in need.  This is their last collection pre-Christmas from the Market.

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. 

Not long to go now!  Our Christmas Market lands on Saturday 24th December this year and will be an early 6:30am – 11am one, we will lock off gates till opening this year - which always creates a frenzied rush of shoppers for Christmas day supplies & customers wanting coffee & brunch. The following Market is then New Year’s Eve morning Saturday 31st December – there are no extra markets over the festive period, just all the usual Saturdays so nice & straight forward.  

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

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  See you Saturday.  And thank you as always for supporting us this year, I know we all love having you at the Market.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Dolce Vita

Insert Image: Apricots at Rosedale Orchard


This Week in the kitchen

Last Saturday we had our amazing Market chef, Amy Dougherty in the Market kitchen, cooking up a storm - all made from fresh Market produce. She came up with some great summer essential recipes, here they are below from last week - I can't wait to check them out! Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Apple and Hazelnut Dessert Cake

Produce from Hazelnut Estate Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Willowbrook Orchard Holy Cow

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Fritter of the Day

Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Abdal's Gourmet Catering Dunford Grove Tartan Sari Waewae Permaculture Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics

View Recipe

Port Larder Christmas Specials

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Port Larder has a special on apple sauce 🍎 for your Christmas white meats $5 Jar

There's fresh cranberry sauce for Christmas meats and mint jelly $5 for  your lamb 

Fresh quince paste for  the cheese board Or with pork $8

Strawberry jam made yesterday

Basil pesto, as well as the popular tapenade and tomato pesto 

Fresh dukkah sold in cute jars, which make a lovely gift or in paper bags

Gift packs for $30 and larger $40


Hazelnut Estate

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Kia Ora everyone! We hope the lead into Xmas is treating you all well and that you're not too caught up in what can sometimes be a manic end-of-year rush! 

We will be at the OFM this Saturday and on Saturday 24th of December, and then we are taking a break during the first part of January. Make sure you stock up on your supply of Hazelnuts or Hazelnut spread over the next 2 weeks! We have a few bags of Hazelnut Flour left but won't be making any more now until mid-January.  Janine and Roger


Tartan Sari

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Still struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Give the gift of an amazing curry once a week for about 6 months. Our two curry pastes last ages and make the best meals - and not just curries, they are super versatile and come with a heap of recipes including spicy burgers and spicy nuts. 

You can even get them in our special 2-jar gift boxes at the Market this Saturday and on Christmas Eve. All gift wrapped and ready to go!

See you there. Danielle


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Raspberry Time 

Beautiful Paeonies😊 

New Potatoes spray-free and delicious 

Peas in the pod, & broad beans - all spray-free

Spray-free gooseberries 

Spray-free spring cabbage & kale spray-free

Broccoli spray-free

Radishes spray-free

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free, Whole and Shelled 

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, & Fuji apples

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries and blackcurrants.



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

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Hi so great to be back at the market!

We encourage our customers to pre-order for the Christmas Eve Market (24th Dec). Avoid the long lines and pre-order NOW (by 7 pm 22nd Dec). We will pack your order to collect by 11 am on 24th December. (Go to the pre-order line).

We will have cherries, apricots, blueberries, and hopefully peaches for the Christmas Market, but we will confirm your order the week of the market. 

This week we will bring cherries (several varieties and prices) plus our ORGANIC cherries will be available this Saturday 😀. 

If you have any questions please let me know. Just txt 021 455341. We are happy to take orders if you can't get there till later in the morning.  

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday! Look for the big RED van on the platform.  Thanks, Rob and Sher


Dunford Grove

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Thoughts here turning towards the Christmas tree! I’d really like to decorate one of these, I simply love the vibrant green against the Central blue sky. No chance of the lights even going around this even once?

See you on the platform this Saturday with all the usual stuff, plus in-shell Hazelnuts, gift boxes and Jocelyn’s superb Pan Forte.

Did you know?

Of course, you did - It’s the season for giving! I have a present for any big spenders at my stand. Sandy


Who Ate All the Pies?

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A Merry Christmas from everyone at Who ate all the Pies? 

This year, and only at the Otago Farmers Market we’ve made sure we have got ‘Gourmet Savouries’ that you can rely on 10 for $10 - be quick, first come first serve!

AND possibly our finest product, the 1kg slab of Pork Pie Heaven. Hand-made, rustic, and the first thing that will disappear off the Christmas table - served hot or cold, up to 16 slices of our sweetened pork wrapped in a traditional hot crust pastry.

Legend dictates that Santa brings all our hard-working bakers one every Christmas, make sure you get one too! Only at the Farmers Market $20.  Steve 


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.


No.8 Distillery


The No. 8 Distillery team will be up on the platform with our award winning little Ouzo. They will also have a range of other liquors including a fresh batch of Limoncello, Peach liqueur, Pineapple Rum and the world's best contemporary Horopito Gin & so much more! I will have plenty of samples available this Saturday.  Julien


Stonehurst Gourmet Mushrooms & Herbs - Herb of the Day

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French (Artemisia dranculus) v. Texas Tarragon (Tagetes lucida)

French Tarragon is said to have the most refined flavour, indispensable to french cooking, however, this plant can be finicky about where it grows and it needs protection during winter. Many believe the challenge of growing it is worthwhile for the unique flavour! Best used fresh or persevered in vinegar as the flavour is lost when leaves are dried.

Texas Tarragon is a smaller perennial and a completely different genus but is a hardier and easier-to-grow plant that smells and tastes like french tarragon with the classic anise and liquorice flavours - possibly sweeter? Both the leaves and flowers of this plant can be used when you wish to add the classic tarragon flavour to dishes, including salads. Both plants can be used as substitutes for each other culinary-wise in either French or South American cuisine.

Medically French Tarragon leaves were once used to help cure scurvy, 'sweeten' one's breath, and it can have a soporific effect on some whereas an infusion was used to help as an appetite stimulant and digestive tonic. The roots were once used to help 'cure' toothache! This plant needs shelter in a warm location in full sun (but not too bright!) during the growing season and needs 'inside' shelter during winter here in the south! 

Texas Tarragon (Sweet Mace) was originally used by the Aztecs to flavour chocolate. It was also used to treat stomach aches, nausea, colds and fevers. In cooking, it was/is used in meat dishes as well as with eggs. Ideally, pick before flowers appear for the most intense flavour. Hardy plant that can tolerate full sun and is drought tolerant. However, shelter is needed in winter. Kate


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten) 

We will be at the market all the following Saturdays this summer apart from the first weekend of January (Saturday 7th). Wishing everyone a good holiday season.  See you at the market. 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

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

Almost finished #Carrots, #beetroot, #celery, ginger, turmeric & horopito - $15 for 360g

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

                                  * organic #spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Mung bean, quinoa, & black sesame. 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 jar for $6: Strawberry, feijoa  OR 1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 OR 1 mix: Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7 

310g/340g jar for $7 or $8: Plum, apricot, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry OR 1 mix: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry OR NEW 1 mix: Strawberry & blueberry OR NEW 1 mix: Pear & gooseberry 

SWEET PANCAKES SANDWICHES:  SPECIAL: Apricot 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 sauce, or tomato & jalapeno. 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 vegetable, sauerkraut or both, served with salad OR 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’

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Last chance before Christmas to donate to this.  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.


Community Stall - Dunedin NZ gymnastic representatives

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Dunedin NZ gymnastic representatives are going to be fundraising at the Market this weekend. 


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.


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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

No Fliers / Pamphlets to be distributed at the Market please.

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