We had a great, buzzy market last Saturday and this week looks set to be the same. Seasonal vendors are coming back and others are having a break as their produce levels have diminished and they are waiting for spring crops to mature.
We recently got to visit Abdal from Adbals Gourmet Catering. Visiting him at his commercial kitchen in the Kaikourai Rugby clubrooms was such a treat. No sooner had we arrived than he was whipping up some delicious falafel for us to try. Next was the wonderful apple cider vinegar that he makes from scratch. Abdal loves to share food from his Syrian homeland. His kindness and generosity is only matched by the quality of the food he makes.
Abdal is a trained chef and since arriving in Dunedin with his family in 2017 he has established himself on the Dunedin food scene. He regularly caters large, family style feasts where the public can enjoy a vast and extremely tasty buffet of Syrian favourites. They are an ideal way to immerse yourself into another food adventure.
Abdal makes everything from scratch. At the market he attracts a crowd because of the novel Saj Dome that, gas fired, cooks his delicious saj flatbreads. The dome is like an enormous upside down wok where 2 or 3 saj can heat and toast to the perfect level of crispy goodness. Topped with Za’atar and Shatta, along with other toppings as you like, these really are worth trying and trying and trying!!!
All Abdal’s ingredients are halal, including the apple cider vinegar that can only be consumed after 40 days once all the alcohol has turned to vinegar.
Abdal regularly voluntarily caters for the Muslim community. He is very community minded and can be relied upon to lend a hand whenever asked.
See you Saturday.
This Week in the kitchen
Tenei Wiki i te Kaihini / This Week in the Kitchen
Yet more gems from our website in the RECIPES section, plenty more where these came from.... feel free to have a hunt through....
Kakanui Produce are Back this Weekend!
Chris & Vivienne from Kakanui Produce will be back for the season from this Saturday & will be bringing their soil grafted tomato plants for sale, always a good sign that summer is on it's way soon!
Look out for the NZ Nut Van at the market this Saturday – there will be a full range of in-shell walnut cultivars and bags from 500gm to bulk purchases along with walnut halves and pieces. Now is your opportunity to collect Vina, Hartley, Franquette and Tehama walnuts and garlic.
Valda apologises that for health reasons she has had a significant break from the market – but it is good that Tim Muller will be down selling walnuts. Payment can be by electronic transfer or cash.
5 Tips for Added Boost and Wellbeing this Spring - Wild Dispensary
As we move into Spring where hopefully we get to see more sun and warmth, we wanted to share some ideas that might help ‘boost’' your feeling of wellbeing.
- Celebrate the seasonal. Spring is the start of the growing season for a huge range of plants. Now is a great time to plant a small vegetable garden to boost your current plant intake; consider things like Rocket, Spinach, Silver Beet, Parsley. They make a huge difference in salads or smoothies and being a dark green leafy vegetable are a great source of Vitamin K (Or pick them up from the markets instead!).
- Sounds annoyingly ‘new age 'and overly positive but gratitude really does help. Right now it can be really hard to be super positive or happy about the current state of affairs and that is more than ok, but if you could find 3 things that you are grateful - that can help to shift your mindset a little. It can be small things like a good cup of coffee, Masterchef on TV or hugging your kids (before they scream at you for whatever injustice you then inflict on them – AKA dinner), or something bigger you choose.
- Hide herbs in things. We specialise in making tasty tonics that can be taken on their own BUT you can hide them in things too. Smoothies, salad dressings, coffees, nut cheese, vegan cheesecakes, the opportunities are endless. By hiding plants in your everyday foods, you are boosting your wellbeing literally by absorbing the amazing active constituents these plants impart.
- Acknowledge how you feel. Right now, you might be thinking you need a holiday but really, it might just be some rest. Some space to just do not a lot. 2020 has involved physical lockdown and people might not feel they are expanding a lot of actual physical energy, but the mental energy spent has increased dramatically. Try and take some space, walk outside if you can (barefoot is good), swim in the sea if you are brave. Sit in the sun, sit for 5 minutes and do nothing. Try doing nothing and resist the urge to be busy. Create some space for more energy.
- Not in a body builder sense but in a every meal sense. Protein gives us energy, helps with keeping us feeling full, less scattered and helps ‘rebuild' our body after each day. You choose what protein feels right for you but remember to add some to each meal.
Much love team
Skye, Ruth and the WD Team
Oamaru Organics will not be at the market for a few weeks until the new spring crops come in, we wish Nigel & the team a few days off the farm hopefully!
Ettrick Gardens Market Specials
FRESH IN SEASON NOW
'PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI '
Great in stir-frys, quiche, veg mixes, or by itself.
PURPLE, YELLOW AND ORANGE COLOURED CARROTS WILL BRIGHTEN UP ANY WINTER MEAL.
4 VARIETIES OF BEETROOT, PURPLE ROUND & CYLINDRA also
CANDY & GOLD BEETROOT, SHALLOTS, SPRING ONIONS.
SPINACH, SILVERBEET, BRIGHTLIGHTS SILVERBEET.
CARROTS, ONIONS, RED ONIONS, COLOURED CARROTS.
GREEN CABBAGE, BABY KALE, LEEKS.
BABY BEETROOT, BABY CARROTS.
BEETROOT 1KG bags only $2.50.
GREEN CABBAGE only $1 EACH.
7 VARIETIES OF POTATOES.
AGRIA, RED FANTASY or HAYLO POTATOES 5KG only $5.
7 VARIETIES OF CRISP & CRUNCHY APPLES.
THE PERFECT EASY AND TASTY SPRING DESSERT.
FROZEN FREEFLOW BERRIES!!!!
RASPBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES & TAYBERRIES.
BLACKCURRANTS are Sooo good for you, High in Vitamin C and Antioxidents!!
This weekend 500gm $8 or 2 for $14.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
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Marie’s Specials this Week:
Some people ask me, how do we eat the fermented vegetables, and what do we do with them?
Well, you can include them in a sandwich, pita, taco, burger…..
Or just have some on the side of your plate and mix with the food you are eating, as a condiment.
I love to have a piece of toast or crackers, with some cheese and a bit of them on top.
I have some new seasonal fermented vegetables, check it out!
*Organic Sauerkraut with onion & garlic
*Organic Sauerkraut with just cabbage
*Organic Kimchi - mild, medium & hot –
(*cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & red pepper)
*Cabbage, #carrot, #beetroot, #radish, #new onion, basil & mustard seed
*Cabbage, #fennel, pumpkin, corn, #turnip, #radish, onion, garlic, ginger & turmeric (almost finished)
NEW: *Cabbage, #Jerusalem Artichoke, Pumpkin, #Beetroot, Onion, Garlic, Turmeric, Cumin & Mustard Seed (I also made some jars without onion and garlic).
NEW: *Cabbage, #Runner Beans, *Chinese Cabbage, Ginger, Onion, Garlic, Red Korean Pepper, Galangal – KIMCHI STYLE (MEDIUM)
* organic # spray free
ORGANIC FRESH TEMPEH: Adzuki Bean, Buckwheat & Sunflower Seed
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE
Freshly made every week from different beans, cereal and seeds.
1 packet (225gm) for $8 or 2 packets for $15
LOW SUGAR JAM
Rhubarb & Apple, Plum, Peach, Pear & Vanilla, Apricot,
FRUIT CHUTNEY $6 for a jar of 270gm
La Crepe Specials
I hope that you've been able to enjoy the warmth (when it's happening).
Below is the inspiration for this Saturday.
JAM OF THE DAY: GOOSEBERRY $6
WITH WHITE CHOC BRITTLE AND SLICED ALMONDS $8
THE CREATION: LEMON CURD OR PASSION FRUIT WITH LOW SUGAR HAZELNUT MERINGUE AND WHIPPED CREAM $8
APPLE & BLUEBERRY DELICACY $10.00
Poached apple & blueberry
with confectioner’s custard
Or with whipped cream
SPECIAL SAVOURY CREPE: $10.00
RAW MUSHROOM MARINATED, ROASTED CAPSICUM WITH ROCKET PESTO (VEGAN)
BRAISED BEEF WITH VEGIES AND BLACK OLIVES ITATLIAN STYLE
With Cheese or Hummus
And with Salad & Dressing OR Egg
This Week at the Market L2
Please stay away if unwell (vendors & customers).
Please respect the 1mt distancing rule.
Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy (& always wash your produce when you get home).
Please shop & then leave. (There will be no communal tables, chairs, tastings, cup library, etc).
Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you (some vendors may still be able to fill it for you) & bottle returns, etc.
Ready to Eat stalls will be there we ask that you please take away your food with you.
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.
Contact tracking is at all the gates, please scan yourself in on the official govt Covid QR code (& there are manual tracing sheets for those who don't have a phone). It will be everyone’s responsibility to scan or sign themselves 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. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app
Remember your charged mobile phones for contact tracing!
Please sneeze into your elbow.
We encourage mask wearing if you feel comfortable doing so.
No samples & tastings or Market Chef at L2.
We will have buskers at the market.
Locavore Boxes to your Door!
If you can't make it to the Otago Farmers Market on a Saturday morning for whatever reason & you are still keen to support local growers and makers, and here’s a way you can do that:
Locavore Boxes include produce from a number of Farmers Market growers and producers in their boxes: veg from Oamaru Organics, Janefield Hydroponics, Caithness Farm, Wairuna Organics, bread from Gilbert’s, dairy produce from Holy Cow, Kombucha from Kapowai, eggs from Agreeable Nature, fruit and veg from Rosedale Orchard. They also source from other local producers not found at the market: BL Beekeeping (based on the Taieri), Roastery Door coffee from South Dunedin, Vern Paddock Produce from Mihiwaka. That means you can still support your local growers, buying locally grown /produced food - with the added bonus of having it delivered to your door! Check their website - www.locavoreboxes.co.nz
Community Stall / Hoko Hapori - The Great Kererū Count
The Great Kererū count starts this weekend and we would LOVE the opportunity to come along to the Farmers’ Market to let people know about how they can participate. Dunedin had record-low participants last year, so we really want to get people excited and educated about the importance of participating in the count and contributing to a national citizen science project.
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