This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

21st May 2022

Hi there


You shop with us because you care where your food comes from.  We have wonderful loyal customers who our vendors appreciate greatly each week.  Thank you for shopping with us come rain or shine or whatever else autumn throws at us!

Many of our seasonal vendors are winding down from the Market or reducing attendance according to produce available at this time of the year as the soil gets colder & winter kicks in– eg:  Matheson & Roberts are back this weekend & then every 2nd there-after for now, Waewae Permaculture every 2nd weekend (they should be there on Saturday).  Terracotta Plants will be back next weekend for their final for this season.  Youthgrow have finished at the Market & will be back next season.  Which leaves you with Waikouaiti Gardens this weekend to get any of those last-minute winter vege into the garden – they still have a good selection, get them while you can!   I planted my broad beans & bright lights this week (that will be the last of my planting for a while).

Congratulations to some of our vendors expanding their businesses recently – Gilbert’s Fine Food now has 2x branches around the city - the original South Dunedin shop & bakery & now another up at the Roslyn shops (or up in the dress circle as I like to say!).  And Breads & More are stocked at Fresh Choice Roslyn.  But, of course you can still find both bakeries delicious goodies warm out of the oven & meet the bakers who made it each Saturday morning as they serve you at the Market.  Congrat's to No.8 Distillery & Dunedin Craft Distillery with their latest haul of awards from the National Spirit Awards.  

For anyone needing graduation snacks to go with beers & wine you will find some great local tastes at the Market.  Last weekend I tried the nashi pear chips from Earnscleugh Orchard made by Stan (just dehydrated nashi slices, so sweet they tasted like honey, but no honey involved!).  And if you haven’t tried Deb’s vegetable crisps at Catlin’s Kitchen you have missed out!  She uses beetroot, carrot, etc & I can say they are very moreish with a glass of wine, take your own click clack container or jar & she is more than happy to fill that - $3 gets you are good crispy, salty hit of vegies this weekend!  If you are looking for an occasional natural fruit cordial to put with sparkling water, then if Donald from Butlers Berries is there on the weekend try his delicious Blackcurrant Concentrate.

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, Waewae, Ronia & Pippi, Agreeable Nature Eggs, Blue Mountain Butchery, Tartan Sari, Dunford Grove, Evansdale Cheese, Oamaru Organics, Harbour Fish, Havoc Pork, Blueskin Bay Honey, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Whitestone Cheese, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  All their contact details you can find on our website under vendors. 

Lots of brunch options to dine in outside (up on the platform undercover) & some of our vendors have samples for you to try before you buy. 

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. 

Remember your keep cup, return jars & containers to keep the ReUse cycle loop working & bags for vegies, fruit & even bread.  Most vendors are more than happy to fill your containers.

We encourage mask use & respecting everyone’s space within the Market please.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  And take care of one another. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Image:  Catlin's True Brew & Kitchen 


This Week in the kitchen

I find myself struggling to stay away from soup based content lately as I go through the archives looking for flat dinners, not that my flatmates really mind when we all get home from uni late and there is enough for lunch! This soup is great to switch it up from the classics like tomato, pumpkin, or vegetable. I find myself running out of time for breakfast in the mornings and think that this apple, pear, and oat dish is great to chuck in the fridge overnight or have for breakfast! I hope everyone is transitioning into winter well and avoiding all the colds going around! See you this Saturday! Bella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Holy Cow

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Warm roast potato smash with blue cheese and herbs

Produce from Oamaru Organics Whitestone Cheese Ettrick Gardens Evansdale Cheese

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Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Ettrick Gardens Willowbrook Orchard Holy Cow NZ Nut Products

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Waikouaiti Gardens

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This week we have the following produce available for the last time this season…..

Tomatoes:Cherry, Heirloom & Red tomatoes.

Pumpkins:Crown and Queensland Blue - at selected prices.

Winter Vege plantings…We have good selection of vegetable plants available for planting now so can you have produce ready to pick in early spring.

Lynley & Mark would like to advise that this weekend will be our last market for this season and we would like to thank you all for your continued support of our stall. We will be returning to the market in Spring with fresh seedlings for your spring and summer gardens. Hope you all have a safe, warm winter and we look forward to catching up soon. Best wishes.  Lynley & Mark


Earnscleugh Orchard


Hi, we will be at the market this Saturday and we hope to see you there. Come up onto the platform and look for our RED VAN. We bring a huge variety of fruit from ALEXANDRA on the EARNSCLEUGH.

FREE TASTING AT OUR STALL.... please come and try before you buy.

We have a fantastic range of ORGANIC APPLES including:  HONEYCRISP, ROYAL GALA, QUEEN, KORU, BRAEBURN

Plus SPRAY FREE:  Granny Smith Apples and Asian Quince (Final week)


Plus a large PEAR range:  NASHI Pear, BOSC Pear, DDC "Ice Cream" Pear, WINTER NELLIS Pear, PACKHAM pear, CONCORD pear

PLUS final weeks of QUINCE .

Remember you can MIX the SAME PRICED fruit in one paper bag and get a wee taste on Central.

We have Stan's ORGANIC (non sulphur) Apple chips (Plain and Cinnamon). NEW delicious Pear chips and our new NASHI chips. Come have a taste. 

Honey available this week:  Thyme, Honeycomb, Clover (runny and creamed), Manuka.

If you want to order any fruit to collect please let me know and we will pack to order. 

TXT Sher 021 455341 for orders or questions. We will bag your order so you don"t miss out. Please collect any orders BY 12:30 pm.

Many thanks for your support.

Sher and Rob 


Dunedin Craft Distillers


This week we will have our award winning Naked Spirit on sale for the first time. We have plenty of stock of The Bay which also won a medal in the national Spirit Awards. Our warming Dunedin Dry and Cacao Vodka are the perfect tipple as the nights get cooler. Come and have a taste and a chat at our stall on the platform.

See you on Saturday.  Jenny and Sue


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials


Buy direct from the grower!!!
Better quality at a better price!!!
Spray free cauliflower, only $4 each
Spray free silverbeet & brightlights silverbeet only $2.50 per bunch 😊
Spray free pumpkins & squash
Spray free Jerusalem artichokes 
New seasons apples & pears
Royal gala, cox’s orange, Ballarat, co ambrosia,
Golden delicious, granny smith and pacific beauty apples
Pacific rose, eve, braeburn & fuji apples
Taylors gold, winter nelis, doyenne du comice and beurre bosc pears
Lots of chillies (soil grown)
Spray free celery, broccoli, spinach & fennel
Spray free red & green cabbage
Potatoes agria, red fantasy, highlander, lily rose & jelly
Coloured carrots, carrots & parsnips
Daikon, shallots & garlic
Spray free kale & cavolo nero
Spray free beetroot - round or cylindra, gold or candy
Most of our vegetables are spray free
Frozen freeflow raspberries, boysenberries, tayberries
Blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants.
Blackcurrant special – 1 kg @ $15 “or” 2 kg for $20!!!
Our courier to your door service is still available anytime.
Email j.Hpreedyege@actrix.Co.Nz 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
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No.8 Distillery

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Our Horopito gin is gold again @nzspiritsawards. Followed by our Dunners Dry Gin & Hibiscus Gin.
Many thanks to the judges, congrats to all the other distillers and big up at all our customers which without you No8 doesn't exist.
We are delighted that our other spirits sparkle at the NZ Spirits competition.
Silver on our Ouzo and Elderflower liqueur.
I will be back on the platform with a fresh batch of Limoncello, Peach liqueur, Pineapple Rum and the world's best contemporary Horopito Gin & so much more!  

La Crepe Market Specials

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I woke up at 5am and it was soo warm outside!  With the massive full moon this week, the tide was impressive too, so went to eat some oysters on the rock to celebrate it.  They tasted much nicer than the fresh grade2 bluff oyster and were free!  Came back with cockles and mussels, just steamed & had some homemade french fries and a glass of Judge Rock Innocent rose!

Just felt a strong call to celebrate the full Moon.

Back to the earth below are the specials.

Wishing you a great day.  Christophe


THE NEW 4 WD: $ 8 Hazelnut Butter and Butterscotch


Lemon curd OR Butter Scotch 

Poached apple and Raspberry 

With Custard Or Whipped cream 





With Cheese or Hummus  

And with Salad & Dressing OR Egg  


NZ Nuts


Thank you for the welcome back to the market last week – it was good to be back!  This week Tim will be back with Emma who will be managing the stall – she has chosen to use her own car and will be trading under the yellow canopy – in the same place to the left of the main entrance of the market.  There will be a full range of cultivars in shell kg and bulk bags and shelled halves and pieces.

I am aware that there are new customers to the Otago Farmers Market and thought it would be timely to tell a little bit about our back story.  Our nut orchard was developed after Lincoln University arranged a walnut study tour to California about 36 years ago.  On Otto's return we managed to procure fifteen North American and European walnut cultivars for a research orchard to find out which cultivars were best suited to our soils and climate in Central Otago.  Unfortunately, at 10 years old most of these trees were lost in a major farm fire and we were only able to rescue scion wood from some cultivars to graft trees from which we established the orchard. We now have five of these export quality cultivars and most of our customers buy their walnuts by name. Different walnut cultivars have different qualities – just like different apple cultivars.  Think of the difference between a Granny Smith, Jazz or red delicious apple and compare these to the seedling apple tree you might find along the side of the road. 

With COVID in the environment we can no longer offer tastings – but we do have nut selection taste packs to take home and identify your taste preference…. Then you can ask for your preferred cultivar next time in the market.  If Emma does not have it on display she will have some available in the car – so just ask!

Wishing you well for the following week.  Valda


Catlins Kitchen


If you have any of my little jars used for the salmon or chicken liver pate and the aioli... please bring them back to me up on the platform....remember you get a dollar off your next one if you return your jar. (I have ordered more but they are stuck in transit due to... you guessed it Covid).  Cheers Debs


Dunford Grove

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Harvest is underway here, the culmination of our year! Not without drama this time as a processing plant breakdown has robbed us of close to a week of great conditions, so now it’s all day everyday until we’re finished. Apologies, this means no Sandy on the platform this week, I’ll miss you all.

If you’re desperate for oil, order on-line and remember free freight on orders over $100.

Did you know?  Adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your chopped tomatoes triples the benefits of the lycopene in the tomatoes, gentlemen take note!  Sandy 


Stonehurst Gourmet Mushrooms & Herbs

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Our last week until we return in October with a wider range of herbs and edibles!!!

Stock the pantry with the some locally grown dehydrated mushrooms and add some heat into winter with Grandmas Hot Garlic Black Sauce (Stonehurst grown garlic!). 

Thanks to all this past season and a big thanks to my Dad who has once again come out of retirement and is currently building me a new greenhouse!

NB: Selected plants available via TradeMe: stonefungi... and/or other products via direct email for pickup. 



Willowbrook Orchard

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Whatever the weather does there will be a Gilchrist at the Willowbrook Orchard stall at the Otago Farmer's Market (since 2003). Last weekend, while John had a day off, there were his two sons Pete and Adam. Also Grandson Jacob, water-proofed up (in pic) flying the Willowbrook flag for fresh fruit grown for generations at the family orchard @Roxburgh East. This week John will be back to Market 🚛 He will be bringing a big choice of Apples plus Pears. This week's "Dare You " challenge: Instead of buying your usual favourites, try a variety you've never tried before. Here is the List and what each variety is good for:

Granny Smith🍏: (Green in colour great flavour for cooking particularly as it breaks down quickly). Pacific Rose🍎 and Pacific Queen: (bright colour sweet eating/ can be cooked, less added sugar required). NZ Sweetie🍎( bright colour and sweet eating). Fuji (large size eating/ cooking. An all rounder). Old favourites Golden Delicious (eating). Braeburn (good all rounder). Royal Gala🍎 (bright coloured. Lovely flavour cooked or fresh eating). 

PEARS 🍐: Winter Nelis (smaller but a long keeping cooking pear hence the name because it will sit in a cool place through colder months so you don't need to preserve them, although that is ok too). No introduction needed for the Icecream Pear (alias Doyenne du'Comice), they are so juicy for eating fresh but also if there's any left over they cook well also and need little added sugar🍐. We named them the Icecream Pear over 50yrs ago because a sliced ripe Doyenne du'Comice pear with a spoonful of Icecream was ALL one needed for a delicious easy dessert 🍐Remember that ALL of the Apples will juice well and can be mixed together for your juicing requirements 🌷✨

Enjoy, keep warm, be safe Have a fruitful weekend!  Diana Gilchrist



We encourage MASK USE at the Market currently.

Everyone welcome but PLEASE STAY AWAY IF UNWELL (vendors & customers).

Please respect the 1mt distancing rule between all vendors, staff & customers at the market.

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy.  

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Cash still accepted.

Please be PATIENT & RESPECT each other’s space.

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle / jar returns, etc, these are always accepted & encouraged.


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