This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

21st January 2023

Hi there

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Tree ripened, flavoursome goodness is everywhere at the Market right now, don’t go paying expensive amounts for stone fruit at the supermarket when you can get fantastic value & quality each & every Saturday direct from our Central Otago growers.  I had my first nectarine of the season last Saturday from Willowbrook – very juicy & sweet and moorpark apricots from Earnscleugh Co-op – so good. I had several people tell me this week their pick of Market last weekend was the stone fruit from Rosedale Orchard – especially as you can pack your own.  It was great to have Eric & Noreen back at the Market from Blue Willow Blueberries, you can take your own container, they are recently certified organic which is great news, and they will be there for the season - just ask at the Market caravan on their whereabouts on the day.  Terracotta Plants had black & redcurrants last weekend, hopefully they might have more this week.  Good to see the courgettes / zucchini appearing at Kakanui Produce & Ettrick Gardens & I think the best bargain in town last week was my big bunch of red organic onions at Oamaru Organics for around $6 a bunch. We enjoyed Janefield strawberries at our board trust meeting this week, I had forgotten how sweet & big they get at this time of the year in the heat compared to Christmas time, so good! This could be the last weekend for the season for Big Fat Cherry Co.  Boyd & his son and the team will be up on the platform south end. Boyd has been with the Market around 17years, he specialises in cherries only and brings export quality fruit to the Market that he picks with his father-in-law for OFM, such is his obsession with quality control and bringing the very best to his loyal customers here – long may that last.

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, keep cup, 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.  We thank you for your loyal support rain or shine!

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 Image: Rosedale Orchard

Insert Image: Blue Willow Blueberries  


This Week in the kitchen

These dishes are great when you leave your market produce in the fridge a little too long and need to make the most of it! 

 Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Courgette and Gruyere Galette

Produce from Oamaru Organics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Caithness Farm Ltd Ettrick Gardens Waikouaiti Gardens Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe


Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Willowbrook Orchard Rosedale Orchard Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Holy Cow

View Recipe

Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the Market on Saturday. Look for the BIG RED VAN on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 


Lapin Cherry

Sweetheart Cherry

ORGANIC Sweetheart (Final Weeks) 

SPRAY-FREE Sour Cherry (Final Weeks)

SPRAY-FREE Moorepark Apricots are available this week.  

Plus we will have a limited stock of 2nds available, (40% off @ $6.60/kg). I suggest you text your order to me 021455341 as these sell fast. 

Plus our amazing BLUEBERRIES 

Stonefruit is ripe and ready... yay

Peaches and Apricots 


Pluots (we only have a few crates left), flat peaches, and nectarines.

Feel free to mix the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix.

Remember if you can't get to the market until later your can text your order and we will pack and hold it for you (pick up by 12:30 pm).

Thanks, Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Strawberries, boysenberries, and blueberry time!

Beetroot: Round, Cylindra, Candy, & Gold - all spray free

Broad beans sprayfree

New potatoes are spray-free & delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red and green cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Broccoli & cauliflower spray free  

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free: whole and shelled 

Pacific Queen Apples

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, state highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Port Larder

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Port Larder has fresh apricot jam available, made with central Otago apricots and fresh raspberry jam made from fresh Outram berries.

Also available this seasons baby beetroot made into a beetroot chutney, as are the usual popular products...

Tomato kasundi

Indian date chutney and Central Otago fruit chutney 

Selections of fresh pestos and tapenade


Per Peri sauce and Ceylon sauce

Harissa and Dukkah  

My version of Watties Tomato sauce, without additives and high sugar/salt content. Which both children and adults love!



Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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PENNYROYAL (Mentha pulegium)

As you may guess from the botanical name, this is a member of the Mint family - its small grey-green leaves give off a strong, minty fragrance with attractive small lilac flowers atop the stems in summer. This mint loves damp places and is an affective ground cover with flower stems reaching only 30cm high. Likes full sun - partial shade but cannot tolerate dryness in any location. It is known (proved scientifically!) and is safe to be used as an insect deterrent by being rubbed on the skin to deter mosquitoes & sandflies. Strew the cut herb in cupboards, in dog kennels & bedding and across doorways to deter ants and fleas - planting near a dog kennel can help with deterring fleas from the kennel/bedding. While it can be used medicinally for various internal issues (similar to any of the mints), it is often discouraged as consuming large doses internally as Pennyroyal can cause serious health issues (coma!) as well as being a known abortifacient (WARNING: avoid taking internally when pregnant).  


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’

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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.


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten). Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. 

Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant-based foods

This week we have these 3 new low-sugar jams, season obliged! 


Dear Customers & friends, 

We are back at the market this week and I have important news to let you know: I am about to take a 6-month break (more or less) from the Otago Farmer’s Market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. I intend to have my last market sometime after mid-February, depending on how much stock I have.  If you would like to stock up on some tempeh I sell 10 packets of frozen or fresh tempeh for $70 with different mixes depending on my stock. Other products like low-sugar jam, herbs, kimchi vegan cheese, and all the fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, kimchi and seasonal fermented.  

Please request a list and prices of my products, email me at I will follow up on your order which you will be able to collect from the market, my place in Ravensbourne, or we could also arrange a delivery (free for a $30 minimum) in Dunedin. It is essential you order them in advance and place your order ASAP (as I have limited stock) and no later than Sunday 5th February 2023. 

If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will be back, please follow me on Facebook @Marie’s plant based foods, and I will post some updates. 

I would like also to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved meeting you all on Saturdays for the past 3 years. Keep well.

Sincerely, 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  


- (Almost Finished) #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g 

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

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

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

                                  * organic #spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Mung bean, White rice, and linseed. 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: Strawberry ($6) OR Blackcurrent ($8)

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)  

1 mix : Plum & blackcurrant ($7) 

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, nectarine, plum

1 mix: Pear & raspberry, 1 mix: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry, 

1 mix: Strawberry & blueberry, and 1 mix: Pear & gooseberry ($8)


SPECIAL: Apricot low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut$9

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, or tomato and jalapeno 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 *Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9



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


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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