This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

19th November 2022

Hi there

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Lucky last weekend to get your fresh asparagus at the Market as My Farm Fresh come to the end of their growing season.  

Some of our Otago Farmers Market Trustees, Advisors & partners along with Isabella & myself, had a lovely field trip on Sunday out to Mosgiel to visit Rodger at Janefield Paeonies & Hydroponics – great for us to see what is involved and the volume produced of salad greens & flowers on a small plot of land ready for the local and the export market - pretty impressive (& pretty as a picture seeing those blooming great paeonies - the ones that were past the picking stage in the photos). 

A few vendors are away this week for various reasons, Terracotta Plants, Boden Deli, Porridge Bar, Chinese Crepes, Juiced Up, Tartan Sari, Hazelnut Estate & Kakanui Produce.  HOWEVER, there will still be plenty of options for brunch, produce, all your essentials & goodies & Nigel will be back!  Oamaru Organics will have the new season Jersey Benne Potatoes this weekend. He's also hoping for plenty of rain this weekend as things are pretty dry up the line, so I'm sure we can cope with a bit down here too.  

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. Remember your keep cup / mug -if you forget, check with your beverage vendor if they have spares to borrow to save on a single use throw out cups – (which are just not cool!), we will keep supplying them with cups where needed, it’s up to us all to make use of this.  And remember your containers, produce bags, jars, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.

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

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. 

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

You might want to pop on a raincoat this weekend & shop your way around Otago …. at the Market!  See you Saturday.  Thanks as always for your support.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header & Insert Image:  Janefield Paeonies & Hydroponics


This Week in the kitchen

With the weather finally warming up, I have been looking through the archives for some good BBQ recipes that are easy to throw together (when the rain clears), from the fresh produce at the market! Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Dunford Grove

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Produce from Ettrick Gardens Dunford Grove Oamaru Organics

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Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week


DILL (Anethum graveolens)

No fish dish is complete without the addition of some feathery dill leaves - or so some say! 

Both the seeds and leaves of this decorative, fragrant, hardy annual are used in cooking/preserving.  

Cooking-wise, chop the leaves finely and add them to soups, potato salads, creamy cheeses, eggs, fish, and white meat dishes. 

Add a whole dill flower head to each jar of pickled gherkins or cauliflower.

Seeds are used in many of the dishes and pickles like the leaves, but seeds are also added to cakes and breads either whole or crushed.

Make dill water for indigestion, flatulence, hiccups, stomach cramps, insomnia and colic.  

Dill Water: 13g bruised seeds + 225ml boiling water. Strain. Take 1T (15ml) per adult or 1t (5ml) for babies. Repeat as needed.

Crush and infuse dill seeds as a nail-strengthening bath or chew the seeds to sweeten one's breath. 

Plant in full sun, in a site protected from strong winds - grows up to 1m in height. Kate


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials


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

Beautiful Paeonies😊 

Frill lettuce, soil-grown & spray-free 

Radishes spray-free

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Spray-free silverbeet - only $3.00 per bunch😊

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Spray-free spinach

Potatoes: Red Fantasy - A tasty general-purpose potato. Boiled, mashed, roasted, salad, or chips.

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries, mixed berries, boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, 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. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook


Dunford Grove

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The last time this cabbage tree flowered like this was 2017 and that heralded an amazing hot summer! The oil we produced that season was better than our usual Gold medal winning, coming out best in class! It’s little wonder when you consider that an olive tree turns sunshine into oil.

Did you know?

British navigator James Cook bestowed the name 'cabbage tree' on the giant New Zealand tree lily Cordyline australis, which Māori called tī kōuka. Cook called it a cabbage tree because the young leaves are edible, and this name has stuck.  Sandy


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:


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

Back to the market this week, with our usual products.

We have a new amazing mixed low-sugar jam: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry – 310g for $8.

See you at the market.  Marie



- *Sauerkraut (*Green cabbage with onion & garlic $13, or just cabbage $12) for 380g   

- *Kimchi - mild, medium, or hot is available, please let me know which you like - 380g for $15  

           (*green cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli)


- #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g

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

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

                                  * organic #spray free

FRESH TEMPEH: Chickpeas, 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, quince 1 mix: Gooseberry, pear and banana.  

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 

1 mix: Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7

340g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, plum, apricot, feijoa, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry

1 mix: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry


SPECIAL: RHUBARB, NECTARINE & RASPBERRY low sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $8.50  

BANOFFEE: date butterscotch, vegan custard & fresh banana $9

BOUNTY: dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $8.50 

TEMPEH BURGER: $11: Choose between crunchy peanut sauce, plum & spices sauce, or tomato and olive sauce. 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 vegetables, sauerkraut, or both, served with salad. 

VEGAN CHEESE: Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas, and culture. Available with herbs or Kimchi (mild or medium)

*Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


Hazelnut Estate

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We will be away this weekend as we are heading to Lincoln for the HGA Field days. We are excited to catch up with other growers and discuss all things Hazelnuts! We will be back next week, Sat 26th November with freshly roasted nuts, GF hazelnut flour, and our very popular Hazelnut Chocolate spread. Janine & Roger.


No.8 Distillery

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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


Tartan Sari

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Tartan Sari is away this week but back on 26th. We will have a new offering soon, a great stocking filler, but I’ll tell you more about that next week!

Community Stall: Fundraiser: Get2Go Challenge National Finals


We are a group of year 10 students from John McGlashan College and Columba College. After winning the Otago region Get2Go competition, we have the incredible opportunity to compete at the Get2Go Challenge National Finals on Great Barrier Island in December this year. We will travel north to compete with 12 other schools in multiple land and sea outdoor events for 5 days. The race will involve running, swimming, climbing, search and rescue and other outdoor based activities. 

We are selling raffles to help fund our trip. There are 12 great prize packs donated from businesses in Dunedin and Cromwell. We are grateful for their generosity and Otago Farmers Market for letting us have a raffle stall there. 


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward' Crate


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.


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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