It's Harvest Celebration Time!

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It's Harvest Celebration Time!

19th April 2018

Hi there

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Fingers crossed we get a great day for our Harvest Celebration this Saturday. It is bound to be a ton of fun. Sunday is world wide Earth Day so we can rejoice in mother nature all weekend long! Be sure to bring along your clean apples for pressing and clean bottles to take your juice away in. Scarecrows welcome for the scarecrow competition.

I have been having such a great time visiting vendors in the hinterlands, welcoming new vendors to the market and revelling in the bountiful produce and gorgeous autumnal colours and light. This is a favourite time of year for me and our annual Harvest Celebration is a way to take a moment and reflect on all we have. The vendors at the market have been working so hard all season. We are running a best dressed vendor competition this weekend and I think the competition will be intense but playful!

The Crooked Spaghetti Co have moved and expanded to offer a delicious range of hot, ready to eat pasta dishes at the market. They are making fresh pasta on site which is fascinating and highly entertaining. Be sure to check them out. They are where the Joyful Vegan used to be.

Ronia and Pippa started last week with their cold pressed juices and mylks. This is a family affair with a mum and two sisters making the delicious, healthy drinks , and the brother making their display table! You may have already tried their drinks at Beam me up Bagels where they have been available at weekends. You will find them at the market up beside Steamer Basin Brewing.

Wild Dispensary haver started back at the market and will trade over the winter and early spring, the perfect time to be selling their locally foraged tonics. They are next to Te Mahanga in the lower market.

Vendors  did extremely well in the recent Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards winning gold and silver medals, as well as being highly commended. Whitestone Cheese won gold for their Ohau Goats Blue, silver for their Lindis Pass brie and Lindis Pass camembert and were highly commended for their Shenley Station cheese. Agreeable Nature Eggs and The Port Larder were the recipients of silver medals for eggs and Indian Date chutney respectively. Waitaki Bacon and Ham were highly commended for their naked pork shoulder and belly. We are delighted for them all to receive this degree of recognition in a national event drawing hundreds of entries.

If you haven’t already, then please vote for us as the people’s choice Outstanding Farmers Market. We would love to win again this year but need your support to do so.


See you Saturday.



This Week in the kitchen

Its Harvest Festival week this week, let's get stuck in preserving all that the harvest has to offer. 
For something a bit special why not try Kate's mulled pears, a perfect idea to take an autumnal delight and preserve it into a winter warmer. Jar it up and squirrel it away for a cold winters night as a desert or paired with blue cheese.


for a copy of all the recipes click here

Mulled Pears

Produce from Rosedale Orchard

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Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Roasted chicken salad with mint yoghurt dressing

Produce from Dunedin Poultry Ltd. Rosedale Orchard

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Potato Schiacciata

Produce from Waikouaiti Gardens

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Outstanding Food Producer Awards

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Its competition season again.

The Otago Farmers Market is up for the peoples choice award for the best farmers market in the country,  we won last year with all your fabulous support so lets try it again and hold onto our rightful title!

To vote just click on the below link and enter in us as your favourite market.



The Port Larder

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Port Larder is pleased to announce that it's most popular product, Indian Date Chutney has won a silver medal in the recent New Zealand Outstanding Food Awards .

Indian Date Chutney is available at the market for $7 small jar and $10 large jar. 


Holy Cow

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This week we will have samples available to taste our home blended Mango Lassi. Lassi is an ayurvedic digestion aid, and a simply delicious drink to enjoy. Call by and have a taste this weekend!

Mango Lassi is $4 for a 600ml (or $7 including bottle deposit).


Holy Cow is committed to sustainable practice. We re-use almost all of our packaging - including the bottles, caps and labels. We charge a $3 bottle deposit on all our bottles and jars. This is refundable upon return of complete and clean packaging, or you can simply swap your bottle/jar for your next item. 



Ettrick Gardens

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New This Week

Jerusalem Artichokes, Gourmet Washed Potatoes, Pink Lady Apples.

“Fresh This Week”

Plums, Pumpkins, Butternut, Squash & 12 Varieties Of Apples & 6 Pear Varieties, Royal Gala, Peasgood Nonsuch, Aztec, Huaguan, Cox’s Orange & Golden Delicious, Ballerat Cooking Apples, Eve, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Pacific Beauty, & Red Delicious Apples - Please Note, We Do Not Export, So We Use Less Sprays

Doyenne Du Comice, Winter Nelis, Beurre Bosc, Taylors Gold, Honey & Quince Pears, Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather & Highlander Potatoes, Fresh Bunched Baby Carrots, Kale, Cavolo Nero, Silverbeet, Gold Beetroot, Butternut, Daikon, Leeks, Pumpkin & Buttercup Squash, & Beetroot, Cauliflowers, Carrots, Pumpkin, Spring Onions, Onions, Parsley, Basil, Coloured Peppers & Chillies

Harvest Festival Super Special’s

Kumi Kumi Only $1 Each, Bushfire Pumpkins $2 Each, Jerusalem Artichokes 500gm “Only $1”

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

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Kapowai Brewing Co.


We have so much to celebrate at the Harvest Festival this weekend! We'll be saying goodbye to the last batch of our summer Elderflower kombucha, and welcoming Sencha, Feijoa & Lime kombucha as a regular winter flavour. Our market special is Pumpkin Spice kombucha (just because) and we have new loyalty cards for one-litre kombucha purchases. Wahoo!

~Heidi & Dave


The Crooked Spaghetti Co.


“The Crooked Spaghetti Co. is pleased to announce our new market venture. Along with our fresh, take home artisan pastas, pummels and slurries, we have expanded our operation to now offer a range of our twisted ready to eat hot pasta dishes, all vegetarian, all very crooked."

Keep it crooked




Dunford Grove

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Remember the lawn mowers, Extra & Virgin?  Well one of them keeled over the other week so now we're left with one!  We never could tell them apart so the solitary sheep is now known as EV. She seems pretty lonely, staying close to the house and I'm pretty sure she'd be in by the fire if we'd let her!

Did you know?

Europe has launched a "Knowledge Centre" to tackle food fraud.  

The European Commission has launched a new information-sharing system to tackle the issue of food fraud and quality in the European Union.  The Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality has been set up in response to consumer concerns about food products most susceptible to tampering or adulteration like olive oil, wine, honey, dairy, fish, meat and poultry.



La Crepe


Jam Of The Day: Black Currant & Pear  $5.50

Sweet Crepe: Apple & Blueberry Dream, Apple & Blueberry Jam, Poached Apple & Blueberries With Confectioner’s Custard $10 Or With Whipped Cream $9.50

Savoury Crepe: Roasted Pumpkin & Onion With Or Without Feta (Vegan Or Vegetarian)Or Seasonal Market Vegetable With Asian Curry And Coconut Cream (Vegan) Or Caribbean Braised Pork With Vegetable With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


Volunteer Service Abroad at the community stall


Volunteer Service Abroad / Te Tūao Tāwāhi is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. Since 1962, 3,500+ Kiwi volunteers have shared their skills and experience with people in 14 regions or countries in the Pacific and South-East Asia, We believe that volunteers, partner organisations and communities working together, sharing skills and knowledge can make a positive difference. This approach leads to improved quality of life, and helps build self-determining communities and stable nations.

Volunteers, aged from 25-75, come from all walks of life, including business, communications, engineering, IT, horticulture, health, and tourism.  They are flexible, resilient, adaptable, and committed mentors.  Right now, 53 volunteers are involved with nearly 200 practical, community-driven and owned projects for economic growth, human development, law and justice, and resilience.   The work is determined by the development needs of a range of governmental, regional, NGO, and local partner organizations in the countries concerned.

The Univol programme enables recent university graduates with completed development studies papers or who have relevant practical experience in development to participate as volunteers with exciting 10 months projects and varied destinations.  Otago University pioneered this programme in 2007, and has contributed some 70 of the 94 Univols. Details of the 2019 selection round will be advertised shortly. 

VSA covers the costs of flights, accommodation and provides a living allowance for all volunteers along with visas, insurance, medical costs and some other costs.  VSA’s web site has information about vacancies and the financial and organizational support provided for all volunteers.

The Otago Branch brings together people who share an interest in and want to support the work of VSA, including returned volunteers.  The Branch also assists departing, serving and returned volunteers.  We meet several times a year usually over a shared meal.   For details, contact Warwick Brunton,

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