This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

1st April 2023

Hi there

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What a wonderful Otago Farmers Market 20th Anniversary Long Lunch we had on Sunday, perfectly still & warm up on the platform outside the Dunedin Railway Building with so many happy diners.  The food & drink was amazing by Precinct Food, who showcased the terrific produce & ingredients we have at the Market from many of our vendors.  We all can’t wait to do it again next year! Stands out for me were the lamb from Princes St Butcher with potatoes from Oamaru Organics and there was an amazing salad of pickled Rosedale Orchard plums with golden beets & the watermelon radishes from Waewae Permaculture. And the taste boards made a dramatic entrance all along the tables with so many exciting flavours & textures to enjoy which also delighted the eye. 

Good to see pumpkins & frost sweetened parsnips coming through this weekend from Ettrick Gardens.  Yes, the season is turning a corner, although you can still get the late season harvest of Nevis apricots at Willowbrook Orchard, I tried these from John Gilchrist during the week & they were delicious – the last of this variety will be available this weekend only. The sweetcorn at Rosedale Orchard last weekend has been so sweet & creamy and the peacharines at Earnscleugh Co-Op Orchards are fantastic.  

Just a reminder, as so many of you are getting to the Market earlier & earlier, that officially we open at 8am so our vendors don't have to start trading or be ready before then (although I know many are), so please be patient - thank you.  Gilbert’s Fine Food, Blue Mountain Butchery, Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs & many others all start around 8am so please respect this.  We are trying to manage this so people don’t keep coming earlier & earlier and hopefully soon this will balance out to make it more user friendly for all our customers & vendors. 

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 (vege boxes), Waewae Permaculture (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, Ginger Fox Foods Peanut Butter, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Bennies Honey, Whitestone Cheese, Waitaki Orchard, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in the ORDER NOW button on our website or in the vendor profiles.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.  And remember your containers, produce bags, berry punnets, plant pottles, jars, bottles, keep cup, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.  Remember to try to return the correct packaging to those that you brought off if you remember (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors).  And borrow a keep cup from our cup library or coffee / chai / hot choc vendors.  If you want to BORROW A PLATE or CUTLERY for ready to eats just swing by the caravan for a clean one (& return back there for cleaning later), we also have bags you can borrow for produce or shopping too if you forget. 

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.  We thank you for your loyal support!

Slice of Heaven & Porridge Bar will be back next weekend.  Pauley Family Figs are on the platform this weekend with their best season yet. 

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

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  See you Saturday.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header & Insert Images: @precinctfood of our Otago Farmers Market Long Lunch



This Week in the kitchen

After a chilly start to the week, these recipes make the most of the last of the summer produce.

Grilled fish on bread with sumac, red onion and tomato salad

Produce from Harbour Fish Oamaru Organics Kakanui Produce Waewae Permaculture Rosedale Orchard Caithness Farm Ltd Beano's Bakery Breads & More

View Recipe
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Corn and Bean Salad

Produce from Rosedale Orchard Terracotta Plants Waewae Permaculture Ettrick Gardens Waikouaiti Gardens Kakanui Produce Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Oamaru Organics

View Recipe

Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Notice

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Hello all,

We appreciate everyone’s support as we refill our hen houses back to capacity, we are very aware of your distress at the current egg shortage and we are doing all we can to manage this.

The early mornings at the market are now very chaotic with us coming earlier to be ready for the customers who come earlier to get in line to not miss out on eggs.

After discussion and consideration to the market/vendors as a whole and with the view of returning the market to a more relaxed early morning for all.   We are not going to be open for trade until the official Market opening time of 8am.

It is our sincere desire to cater for all who attend the market and we feel distressed for you all, with the egg shortage. We do sell Point of Lay Hens for anyone who feels able to take on their own egg production, please email

We are very aware of our senior customers continuously missing out on eggs due to early sell out, and hope the later start time with help them. For our regular shift worker customers, we will recognise you so please just quietly step up to us.

We hope you will all understand the 8am, we will see how this goes and what impact it has on the market as a whole.

Hopefully the 8 am start time will allow a return to a more relaxed early morning at the market.

Sincerely, Michelle and Tony Pringle


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Lots of pumpkin and sweetcorn 

Leeks & spinach are back - both spray free

Fresh blackberries and raspberries!

Cauliflower & broccoflower spray free 

Green and Red cabbage spray free

Beetroot - Round, Cylindra, Gold, and Candy - all spray free

Tomatoes - cherry, gourmet, table, all soil grown -spray free

Jalopeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies and capsicums are IN SEASON now!

Celery and parsley spray free

Frost sweetened parsnips

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Heather potatoes, spray free and delicious 

Spray free courgettes & zucchini

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Royal gala, sweet beauty, pacific beauty and cox orange apples

Beurre hardy, beurrebosc, doyenne du comice and taylors gold pears

Omega plums

Walnuts spray free and shelled

Most of our vegetables are spray-free! 

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 Roxburgh - Ettrick Highway, State Highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. 

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. 

We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. Try before you buy. Note we are 100% paper packaging (Nothing in Plastic). 

Plus everything is packed at the market ON THE DAY, so super fresh. 

Where are we you ask? Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform under the roof.

At the market Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple 

SPRAY FREE: Royal gala apples, Quince, Muscat Wine Grapes - AMAZING❗️

STONEFRUITFinal weeks ... Oh No. Peaches Yellow flesh (so sweet), Peacherines (Amazing), White flesh nectarines (maybe), Yellow Nectarines (super sweet)

PLUMS: Freedom Plum, Amber Jewel plum, Fortune plum, Black Diamond plum, Omega plum

Plus: Final weeks for Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

Pears: Beurre Bosc, Packham

If you want 2nds in plums, peaches or nectarines please text to order - by Friday at 10 am ... text 021 455341.


PRE-ORDER your fruit so you don't miss out just text 021 455341 by Friday 10 am to order any fruit. We will pack and hold it for you. Please collect by noon.

Feel free to mix SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix at the market and remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit. 

Thanks. Rob, Sher and family. 


Tartan Sari

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Hello Picklelovers,

Want to get your family and friends something unique this Easter but no time to shop around? Hop over to our stall this Saturday and grab them a spicy treat!

Sorpotel is a popular Easter Goan curry so why not give that a go? Grab a jar of our Sorpotel Curry Paste and we’ll give you the recipe! It’s time consuming but oh so worth it.

We won’t be at the Otago Farmers Market Easter weekend so make sure to stock up!  Danielle


Last Chance to VOTE for Us & Go in the Draw to Win!

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Are we still your most favourite farmers market this year?  We have won it 4x!

Voting for the Coast Kiwis’ Favourite Farmers Market 2023 has begun and runs through until Friday 31 March. 

Go in the draw to win prizes! 

Be in to win an Artisan Hamper valued at $200 from Farro.

Put your email & postcode & then type in the words 'Otago Farmers Market' in the 'Vote for favourite NZ farmers market 2023' button (if you are voting for us!).  THEN hit Vote Now.

The page for voting is here 


No.8 Distillery


No8 Apricot Gin Liqueur - 30% - Limited edition

$60 - 700ml // $25 -250ml

We are showcasing the first by-product Apricot Gin Liqueur, crafted from rescuing ripped & ugly apricots from Earnscleugh Co op Orchards.

Designed to be drunk neat on ice, your first sip and smell will give you a sweet hug, followed by a rich taste of coriander, sunny apricot and a flush of chamomile.  Feel free to pair with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic or tonic water to upscale your drink.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks, Julien.


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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SAGE - left to right

(Salvia officinalis) Common

(Salvia officinalis purpurea) Purple

(Salvia officinalis 'Icterina') Golden Variegated

"Salvia" comes from the Latin word "salvere" which is said to mean - to be in good health, to cure and to save.

The flowers are edible and are a great addition to salads and the leaves can be harvested at any time of year but for best flavor pick just before flowering (can be dehydrated). 

Perfect for adding to rich, fatty meats (eg. pork and sausage), you can dip leaves in batter and fry for quick finger party food or as a garnish for a main dish. For an easy meal, add torn sage leaves to melted butter in a fry pan and toss in freshly cooked pasta. 

Add dried leaves to the linen cupboard to discourage insects. Burn on embers or boil in water to disinfect sick rooms. 

Sage infused water can be used as a conditioner which helps with oiliness and dandruff and can be used to darken grey hair - you can also rub the fresh leaves on your teeth to whiten them!

Medically wise Salvia officinalis can be infused as a tea to help with digestion as well as being an antiseptic (ideal for sore throats - can also be used as a mouthwash) and antifungal. Due to sages oestrogen levels it is said to help treat irregular menstruation and menopause (including hot flushes) - it is also is known to reduce a breastfeeding mother's milk supply.

NOTE: Not to be taken in large doses for a long period of time. 

All the varieties love full sun - in partial shade they tend to get 'leggy'. Light, dryish, well drained soil. Trim after flowering to keep compact. Common and Purple varieties are frost hardy whereas the Golden Variegated version can be slightly less so. The Golden Variegated version is also said to be milder flavor-wise than the other two.  Cheers, Kate


Who Ate All the Pies?


Back by popular demand and of course the new season …..

“Steak & Bluff Oyster” Pies $8.00 each or 3 for $21.00.

We expect to have these in stock on a first come first serve basis for the next few months 😁

Best wishes Steven & Team


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’

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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.

Wishing you well!


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