Warm your heart with real local food and community spirit

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Warm your heart with real local food and community spirit

22nd March 2018

Hi there

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We were so excited last week to be presented with our very own, specially designed and made, coffee cup library. The very innovative, generous, socially minded people from uyoc are on a mission to reduce single use anything, including coffee cups, straws, bottles, bowls etc Our cup library will be stationed at the north end of the market beside Cardrona Merino. Grab yourself a lovely enamel cup, enjoy a delicious beverage at the market and return the cup for us to wash, courtesy of the wonderful folk at Cobb and Co. who are allowing us to use their kitchen and steriliser. This is community working at its best and we are privileged to be part of it.

The market continues to have a wonderful selection of all things grown. Don’t let this cold snap fool you, autumn is just getting underway with all the attendant bounty. Mmmmmm I love this time of year!

Speaking of harvests put a big circle around 21st April on your calendar. This is the day we will have our Harvest Celebration. There will be much more on this to follow but please start collecting up 1 litre milk bottles so that you have plenty of containers for the juice from the apple press.

See you Saturday




This Week in the kitchen

A tasty berry jam on fresh market bread is a classic breakfast. Kate's been testing it out on the family and is ready to give you a try at the market this week with Raspberry chia seed jam on Gilbert's Fine FoodZupfe bread. Or you could try some exciting looking beetroot crackers with a basil dip, the choice is up to you!

Raspberry chia seed jam

Produce from Butler's Fruit Farm

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Beef Masala Curry

Produce from

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Basil, parmesan and cashew dip

Produce from

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Beetroot Crackers

Produce from Oamaru Organics

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Roasted red onions with balsamic and mustard glaze

Produce from Oamaru Organics

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Snowball turnip and blue cheese gratin

Produce from

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The Market is looking to upgrade The Site Office


We are very keen to replace our much loved but quite worn out Site Office at the market. We need a van of some type that is high enough to stand up in and can be retrofitted out with a counter, serving hatch and storage space.

If you know of or have a vehicle surplus to requirements that might tick our boxes please give us a holler.


Dragonfly Unbakery


This week we say goodbye to Dragonfly Unbakery, as we'll officially launch our new brand, Kapowai Brewing Co., next week. Thanks for your continued support through this time. We do miss bringing you raw food, juices and smoothies at the market, but we're very excited about growing our kombucha business and stoked that you can now buy our kombucha at a bunch of places around Dunedin.

Market Special

A few weeks ago I made cordial from mulberries I got from Stan at Earnscleugh Orchards, and I've been waiting for a batch of white tea kombucha to finish fermenting to go with it ever since. The addition of wild harvested kawakawa brings a nice peppery bite, after the sweet, dark, mulberry flavour. So, this week, the market special is White Tea Kombucha with Mulberry & Kawakawa

We'll also have Watermelon & Coriander flavour, for something a little different, because there's so much interesting produce around at the moment that it's hard to pick only one!

~Heidi & Dave


Compostable Collection


After 3 years of tirelessly collecting the compostables gathered at the market every week YouthGrow are stepping aside to allow other groups to make the most of this opportunity.

We are therefore on the hunt for a community garden, or collective of community gardens to take up the mantle. The compostables break down quickly after being shredded and in the warmer months will produce worm filled compost in as little as 6 weeks.

The Otago Farmers Market Trust are fully committed to reducing waste at the market. As a result of collecting compostable materials form the market we have diverted close to 90% of market waste from landfill.

Please spread the word that we would love to talk to any group who might be interested in helping us with this project. We are super keen to keep this initiative rolling.




Ettrick Gardens

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New This Week

Butternut Squash, Onions & Leeks. Beurre Bosc & Winter Nelis Pears & The Very Popular Huaguan Apples very Crunchy, Sweet And Juicy.

“Red Fantasy” New Potatoes

 “Fresh This Week”

Royal Gala, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox’s Orange & Golden Delicious, Pacific Beauty, Fiesta & Sweet Lady Apples. Doyenne Du Comice, Bon Cretien, Star Crimson, Beurre Bosc, Taylors Gold, Honey Pears. Agria, Heather & Highlander New Potatoes. Supersweet Honey N Pearl Sweetcorn, Silverbeet, Gold Beetroot, Pumpkin & Buttercup Squash. Carrots, Pumpkin, Spring Onions, Courgettes, Red Cabbage, Parsley & Beetroot, Basil, Coloured Peppers, Kale, Cavolo Nero & Chillies

Super Special On

Fresh Supersweet Sweetcorn Only 80 Cents Each, Spring Onions Only $2.50 A Bunch, Pumpkin Squash $3 Each

Please Recycle “Our” Pottles And Punnets Each Week.

There Will Be A Crate Under The Apple Table To Put Them In. Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags. Thank You

“Love Our Planet” 

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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Waste Educators Urgently Needed


Every week our wonderful, loyal and dedicated volunteers ensure that our waste streams do not get contaminated at the market.

We would love to expand this team and are calling for volunteers. It's a couple of hours every month or fortnight - you decide . Not only would you be doing the planet a big favour but you'd have fun as part of our team and get to really tap the feel good factor!


Get In Touch


Otago Organics Fruit for this week


Medlars at $4.00 KG are ready now. Medlar is fruit originally from Persia,  related to quinces and apples, and part of the rose family. The fruit is picked in the autumn when the leaves start to fall off the when they are both too sour and too hard to eat. The fruit needs to rot a bit first (this is called "bletting") before it is actually considered "ripe" enough to eat. This takes about 2 to 3 weeks in storage, or upside down on a plate. They will become soft, mooshy brown, sweet and tasty with a flavour close to applesauce or cider.  Come and taste Medlar Jelly and pick up a  free recipe and information sheet along with your Medlars.


Waikouaiti Gardens

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Microgreens, Pea sprouts & Wheat Grass - Certified Organic This week only $4.00/punnet 

Cherry Tomatoes - Certified Organic Mixed punnets- Special this week only $4.00/punnet

Heirloom/Heritage tomatoes - Certified Organic Bags of mixed colours, great flavour. 1/2kg bags -$4.00

Glasshouse Red tomatoes - Certified Organic 1/2 kg bags -$3.50 each.

Cucumbers - Certified Organic Great selections of sizes from $2.00 to $4.50 each. Green (short & long), yellow & white varieties.

Other produce available - bags of NZ spinach, Rainbow Chard, Mizuna, Lettuce, French (green/yellow/purple) & Runner Beans, Gherkins, Courgettes, Coriander available this week. Plenty to choose from.


All our produce is soil grown and certified organic by BNZ Biogro. Our produce has been certified organic since 2002.

Plants now ready for your Autumn/Winter crop

We have a wide selection of vegetables including – Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Endive, Kales, Leeks, Lettuce (8 including a mixed variety), Mizuna, Onions , Silverbeet, Spinach & Rocket (Broad Beans available in two weeks) All $3.00 per punnet/pot or 4 for $10.00

Plus a  great selection of Herb plants $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00


La Crepe

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Jam Of The Day: Pear & Vanilla $5.50

Sweet Crepe:  Nectarine & Raspberry Dream, Raspberry  Jam  Poached Market Nectarine & Market Fresh Raspberries With Confectioner’s Custard $10.50 Or With Whipped Cream $10

Savoury Crepe: Steamed Fresh Corn & Wild Mushrooms With  Vegan Pesto (Vegan) Or Seasonal Market Vegetable With Asian Curry  And Coconut Cream (Vegan) Or Traditional French Lamb Stew With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


Dunford Grove

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Busy time in the district with the grape harvest well underway.  Looks like a great year for grapes and about 4 weeks early, fingers crossed this continues for the olives!

Did you know?

Hydroxytyrosol (C8H10O3) is a well know component of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, so what? This phenolic compound has has potent antioxidant activity – it has one of the highest know ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) results known for a natural antioxidant. It is anticancer, anti-inflammatory, (2 tablespoons a day will help your arthritis), its great for your heart, may even help lower cholesterol and what's more, it tastes great!



NZ Nuts


This week nut harvest has really begun, it has been all go here despite the rain!  After harvest all of the nut hulls are removed and the nuts are placed in single layers on bread trays which are stacked in the drying room to enable optimum drying and maintain nut quality

This week at the market we will have:

2018 harvest Vina Walnuts – in shell and for the early birds some halves and pieces


Black Krim tomatoes

Have a good week, 



Habitate Nursery/Taste Nature Gardens Open Day this Sunday

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Hello all

Habitate Nursery/Taste Nature Gardens are having an Open Day this Sunday from 1-4pm, out back of the old general store in Waitati. There will be a great variety of apples to taste, juice to make, a short garden tour and shared potluck picnic if you want to linger. The Open Day is being held to celebrate this beautiful space, before new owners take it over in June.

Please share with anyone who may like to attend.

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