This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

22nd April 2023

Hi there

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Just a reminder that ALL our Market vendors are open officially at 8am, (we know that some are ready & open earlier), but there will be plenty for all if you are there from 8am. 

The people have spoken & voted (also with their feet this year with the crowds, new customers and our long-time loyal shoppers) as we continue to be one of New Zealand’s most popular Farmers Market having now won it in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022 & now 2023. Thank you everyone for your loyal support & voting for us in the Outstanding Food Producer Awards Kiwis’ Favourite Farmers Market who we jointly WON with our friends up at Clevedon Village Farmers Market (congrats to Helen & team + vendors there) & to all the other winners in various categories on the night including one of our vendors Whitestone Cheese taking out 2023 Dairy Champion for their Whitestone Oamaru Blue. Already announced previously for this year’s awards were Port Larder taking Golds for Ceylon Sauce, Tomato Sauce (gluten free) & Marmalade and Tartan Sari with silvers for Carrot Pickle & Rechard Masala Curry Paste. Di from Port Larder was up in Auckland to collect the award on our behalf.

Look out on our Facebook & Instagram pages on Friday to go in the drawer to win a Market goodie bag as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, celebrating local since 2003.

Ginger Fox Foods & Dolce Vita will be back NEXT week.

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. 

We are also a finalist in the Farmers Market of the Year Organic NZ Awards 23 amongst some good company.  Vote for us below or check out our post on Facebook if you think the Otago Farmers Market is the most popular farmers’ market in Aotearoa!

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!

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

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

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Waikouaiti Gardens

Insert Image: Outstanding Food Producers Awards – with Helen Dorresteyn from Clevedon Village Farmers Market & Di Noone from Port Larder (accepting the Outstanding Food Producers Kiwis’ Farmers Market on behalf of Otago Farmers Market).


This Week in the kitchen

Delving deep into our recipe archives for something hearty and warming, we found this simple Spanish tortilla, potato, onion, and egg recipe which would be perfect for a tasty breakfast or easy dinner.  For a sweet treat, baked apples using the abundance of apple varieties throughout the market. We hope you enjoy!


Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Oamaru Organics Caithness Farm Ltd Ettrick Gardens Waewae Permaculture

View Recipe


Produce from Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard

View Recipe

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Lots of pumpkins - Grey, green & orange varieties

Leeks & spinach are back - both spray free

Fresh raspberries!

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

Green and Red Cabbage and beautiful Broccoflower, all spray free - has a delicious nutty flavour

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

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

Zucchini, Celery, Parsley, Cavolo Nero and kale - spray free

Frost sweetened parsnips

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria, Red Fantasy & Heather potatoes - spray free and delicious 

Tiny Taties – Many varieties

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Red & Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty and Cox Orange apples

Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nelis and taylors gold pears and torwick 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.


NZ Nuts

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NZ Nuts will be back at the market this Saturday with new season almonds and chestnuts, plus specials on our remaining 2022 season walnuts. It was a challenging harvest with some unseasonal frosts and rain, so this year's walnuts are still in the drying room. They'll be available next time we're down or by mail order from

Thanks! Tim


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op


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

We have FREE TASTING of all 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:


Braeburn Apple, Fugi Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple 


Asian Quince, English Quince, Walnuts 

Wine Grapes... YUM, Muscat, Pinot Noir (hopefully)

Golden Queen Peaches... final week!

We might still have a few nectarines and peacherines. Will only confirm Friday once we qualify check the fruit. (This will be the last week we have them this season)

PLUMS:  Omega plum, Torwick plum, Angelino plum, "Watermelon high" trial plum

APPLES:  Nancy Fizz Apple and Granny Smith Apple


Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

PEARS:  Beurre Bosc, Du Comice (DDC) "Ice Cream" Pear, Packham, Winter Nellis


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

Feel free to MIX the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit selection at the market.  Plus remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit before you buy it.  Thanks. Rob, Sher and family. 


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week


WINTER SAVORY (Satureja montana)

One of the oldest 'flavouring' herbs with a peppery spiciness. Narrow, dark green leaves year around with small white-pink flowers in summer.  

Long considered an antiseptic herb which is beneficial to the whole digestive system - once upon a time it was classed as a stimulant and was in demand as an aphrodisiac!

Ideal infused in vinegar for dressings and prefect for cooking with broad beans. The peppery flavour is a perfect addition to dishes for those who require a salt-free diet. 

Use the flowering stems as an astringent and antiseptic for facial steams or in baths for oily skin.

You can use the flowering stems as an infusion as a tea to stimulate appetite, ease indigestion and flatulence. A 'strong' tea can be used as an antiseptic gargle for sore throats.

Medically wise leaves can be crushed and applied to insect bites or wasp stings for pain relief. 

Highly aromatic and extremely valuable when planted near beehives. 

Pick and dehydrate flowering stems for use throughout the year.

Well drained loamy soils in full sun. Prune to prevent woody growth. Ideal for low hedges. Evergreen. Ht 45cm.  Cheers, Kate


No.8 Distillery Limoncello 2022 Vintage Edition


No.8 Limoncello "A Family recipe since 1996" -  20% Alc/Vol

The sweet citrus of lemons is softened into a wide body of taste through the two varietals zested to make this delightfully warming libation. Pairs well with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic/lemonade/ginger beer or neat on ice.  

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


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


Community Stall - New Zealand Heritage Properties

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Grab a coffee and breakfast from one of the many local vendors at the Otago Farmers Market and come chat with archaeologists from New Zealand Heritage Properties to celebrate New Zealand Archaeology Week.

View some recent finds and ask any burning archaeology questions you might have!


Gate Collection – RSA Poppy Day

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Poppy Day is the RNZRSA's main fundraising activity. Donations collected on Poppy Day help improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealand's veterans of all ages. 

Volunteers will be collecting at this week’s market from 8am – 12pm.


Organic NZ Farmers Market of the Year

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Voting in our Farmers Market of the Year category is live now; with prizes on offer to some lucky winners.

Shout out to our finalists: Bay of Islands Farmers Market, Hamilton Farmers Market & Cambridge Farmers Market, Hawkes Bay Farmers Market, Kerikeri Farmers Market, Nelson Farmers Market, Oratia Farmers Market, Otago Farmers Market, Tauranga Farmers Market, Thorndon Farmers Market

Your chance to win 1 of 3 annual subscriptions to Organic NZ Magazine when voting for your favourites: 

Organic NZ Farmers' Market of the Year - Organic NZ


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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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

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