This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

23rd July 2022

Hi there

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Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate our way around absences at the Market with last minute vendor cancellations due to lack of staff, covid, winter flu’s, etc & our seasonal vendors away from the Market. But we always open rain, sleet or shine with as many vendors as we can gather on any given Saturday morning. Tricky & trying times for many of you right now including that weather playing havoc.  I hope you are managing to stay rested, dry, warm, hydrated & with a good supply of fresh nourishing food to get you through (& haven’t been driven up the wall with school holiday cabin fever!).  Hoping we might get another sunny Saturday (still questionable!) but let’s make the most of it – outdoors - at the Market – restocking the pantry with all the good stuff & maybe enjoying a treat or two – I think you deserve that!

Considering it’s just over mid-winter point, it always surprises me the variety we still produce in the region at this time of year - Janefield Hydroponics are back this weekend along with Oamaru Organics.  Should be plenty of winter fruit & vegies for all. Always freshly picked, always local & always fantastic great value prices.  

We are sad to see BAY Rd Peanut Butter leave the Market.  They have been an impressive success story for Dunedin starting at the Otago Farmers Market nearly 5 years ago.  The Hastie brothers have grown the business to be locally loved & nationwide.  We are proud to have helped enable a small business incubator environment at the Market.  It proves with a great product, hard work and smart thinking business nous, good things can happen & sustainably.  We would like to think their success might inspire others to create their own enterprising success stories & innovative products from right here in Otago. We wish Michael & Mark all the best for the future of their business.  Thank you for being part of Otago Farmers Market for so long even as you expanded & grew. (Personally,  I will miss being able to swap a jar up on the platform to get my favourite crunchy peanut butter right there & then while checking out what Zoe was knitting that week!).   

If you have an overlocker sewing machine at home & are keen to volunteer to sew up some simple pre-cut recycled produce bags, please let me know - Michele Driscoll or have a chat with me at the Market on the weekend. Pat Johnston our long-time Market volunteer, is still busy sewing up material bags in any free moments she has, but it would be really helpful to have others to share the load. She can pre-cut recycled material ready for you to collect.  We plan to give the completed produce bags away to some of our customers at the Market before winter is over to help reduce pre-bagged items at the Market.  Eventually (but sooner rather than later!) it will lessen any desire to have so much pre-bagged items of fruit & vege at the Market.  Another bonus is it tends to keep everything fresher longer and of course they are reusable & re-washable. Remember your keep cup, return jars & containers to keep the ReUse cycle loop working & bags for vegies, fruit & even bread.   Look out for our ReUse posters on vendors stalls that can accept their packaging back.  It is Plastic Free July & every little change we all do helps if we do it regularly. (And given the state of the wild fires & floods around the planet this week- the time is well & truly NOW).  

Also; if you have any spare cutlery at home you don’t use - (knives, forks, dessert spoons) our Chef Amy is sewing up some upcycled cutlery keep kits for us to sell in the caravan, feel free to drop them off on Saturday at the Market caravan.

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, Port Larder, Harbour Fish, Havoc Pork, Blueskin Bay Honey, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Bennies Honey, Whitestone Cheese, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in our SHOP NOW button on our website

Vendor Highlights – No.8 Distillery.  Fourth generation Julien Delavoie lives & breathes distilling.  His grandparents in Normandy made rum, calvados and cider watched on by a young Julien.  After a career of graphic design then many years as a pâtissier & chef he has gone back to that first love of distilling and invention.  During the first Covid lockdown in Dunedin, Julien & business partner Michael Wilson of Dog with Two Tails bar & café created No.8 Distillery to pivot around a closed bricks & mortar business.  They started creating distillations from traditional recipes with a local twist, often using local produce from the Otago Farmers Market - Earnscleugh Orchard cherries, walnuts from NZ Nuts, peaches, apples, etc and any leftover fruit from the Market to create fruit liqueurs, rum, etc. Top sellers at the Market are the Horopito Gin, Limoncello, Absinthe, the gift packs of Gin & Ouzo. The Limoncello & the Elderflower Liqueur are the most sampled & loved at the Market.  Some of the range has gone on to accumulate awards both here & internationally in a very short time – currently 19 awards, impressive for only two years in business!  The No.8 Distillery range sits at around 25 varieties (& counting) so there are plenty of options if you aren’t a gin drinker.  Julien is most proud of winning the world’s best gin this year for the Horopito Gin at the World 22 Gin Awards.  He is also proud of being able to sell into a few duty-free stores where few New Zealand gins currently are sold.  And this year No.8 are sponsoring a bartender category at the hospitality awards & have created the Otago Spirits Festival.

Botanicals are foraged from around Ōtepoti & Central Otago. The stall has been at the Otago Farmers Market since the early days of the business venture & Julien says it has been awesome and invaluable as a testing incubator to finesse the range.  Introducing shoppers to more old-fashioned niche recipes like ouzo & absinthe (of which there are only 2x distilleries in the country producing these).  The range continues to grow & expand while collecting more awards and selling nationwide into speciality stores & now exporting to the UK & beyond.  The original old copper called Therese that had sat in the window of the Dog with Two Tails has now moved up the road to a larger cool, airy space on Hanover St together with a beautiful huge new copper as the distillery expands.  There is now room to take tours and tastings which suits Julien’s personality & charm wonderfully. No.8 ambition, tradition, flair & hard work is seeing this local business flourish & grow - gaining fans both here & further afield.  The Kiwi No.8 wire philosophy with French traditions continues to entertain our tastebuds at the Market each Saturday morning.  Julien enjoys the interaction with his customers where they can try before they buy & new ideas are always forming from this direct link to his customer base. 

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. 

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

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  See you there & wishing you well.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Insert Photo:  Julien Delavoie (No.8 Distillery)

Header Photo:  Oamaru Organics


This Week in the kitchen

I was looking for a great pasta recipe in the archives this week that makes the most of the winter vege on offer at the market, and this creamy silverbeet pasta is the one! Run Rabbit have a great selection of handmade FRESH pastas, and even some options for those of us who are gluten free! (Isabella, Assistant Manager)

Creamy Silverbeet Pasta

Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Whitestone Cheese Evansdale Cheese Holy Cow

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Produce from Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Oamaru Organics

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Produce from Dunford Grove Hazelnut Estate Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics Rosedale Orchard Willowbrook Orchard

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Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

“Jumbo” beetroot, spray-free only $2 per kilo

Silverbeet & Bright Lights silverbeet- only $2.50 per bunch 😊

Spray-free leeks only $2.50 each

Spray-free beetroot - round or cylindra, gold or candy only $2.50 per kilo

Frost sweetened yams & parsnips

Spray-free Jeruselum artichokes and daikon (Japanese radish)

New season's apples: Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Ambrosia, and Pacific Beauty apples. Granny Smith, Pacific Rose, Eve, Braeburn, and Fuji apples

Heritage apple varieties: Sturmer, Cox’s Orange, Red and Golden Delicious.

New seasons pears: Winter Nelis, and Beurre Bosc Pears

Spray-free spinach

Spray-free red & green cabbage

Potatoes: Agria, Red Fantasy, Highlander, Lily Rose & Jelly

Coloured carrots, orange carrots

Spray-free squash, shallots & garlic 

Sprayfree kale & cavolo nero

Most of our vegetables are spray-free!

Frozen free-flow raspberries, boysenberries, tayberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants.

Boysenberry special – 1 kg @ $15 “or” 2 kg for $25!!!

Our courier-to-your-door service is still available anytime.

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. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Bay Rd

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To all of our valued customers, unfortunately the time has come that we have decided we won't be returning to the Otago Farmers Market. We will be opening our factory on Saturday mornings from 8am – 10am to try and catch a few of you who still want some fresh PB! We have been at the market just shy of 5 years, and it has been a big part of our business. We appreciate every one of you who has supported us during that time. The last couple of years have obviously been difficult for many businesses, ourselves included. We need to use our time wisely. By opening on Saturday mornings from the factory, we can be productive with our time when not serving customers. Again, thank you all for the support, we hope to see you at our factory with your empty jars ready for a refill! Bay Rd Factory, 20 Roberts St. Open 8am – 2pm, Monday – Wednesday and 8am – 10am Saturdays. Thanks, Mick, Mark and Zoe.


Dunedin Craft Distillers

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We were hoping to have our 250ml bottles at the market this week, but supply chain problems still continue, and they got stuck in Christchurch. Hopefully we will have them next week. However, we will still have our winter warming Dunedin Dry, Wild Dunedin, and Bay gins. As well as more Mulled Gin. We will also have some trub, our sour dough starter. Bring a jar and we will fill it. We look forward to seeing you on the platform for a chat! 

Jenny and Sue


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten).

Free delivery for orders of $30 and over in town. Email or text 0225228599.

I am back at the market this Saturday with a new product: a fermented & vegan herb cheese spread! It is creamy, but not heavy on your digestion. It is nutritional and delicious! Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas. It is packed with probiotics and has no added fats or oils - $7 for a jar of $180gm. It will be your last chance to try our curry pumpkin sauce with our delicious tempeh burger, as there are more new products to come!! See you at the market.  Marie



 - *Sauerkraut (onion & garlic $13 or Just cabbage $12) for 380g   

- *Kimchi - mild, medium, or hot is available, please let me know which would you like – $14 for 380g

           (cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli )


- #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g

-*Red & green cabbage, #carrots, *broccoli, #pakchoi, #celery, capsicum, onion, ginger, galangal, garlic, lemon grass, Korean pepper, - MEDIUM KIMCHI STYLE - $15 for 360g

-#Carrots, #celery, ginger, turmeric - $15 for 360g

- Sweet potato, #cauliflower, beetroot & lemon grass - $15 for 360g 

                                  * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Brown lentil, millet & brown linseed 

Freshly made every week from different beans, cereal and seeds. 

1 packet (225g) for $8 / 2 packets for $15 - enquire if would like more


270g jar for $6: Strawberry, quince. 1 mix: gooseberry, pear and banana, 

1 mix: plum & blueberry.

310g/340g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, Plum, Apricot, Feijoa, Rhubarb, Nectarine. 1 mix ; Pear & raspberry 

NEW: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry


SPECIAL: Gooseberry, pear, & banana low sugar jam, vegan custard & 

roast hazelnut $8.50  

BANOFFEE: Date butterscotch, vegan custard & fresh banana $9

BOUNTY: Dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $8.50 

TEMPEH BURGER $11: Choose between crunchy peanut sauce, curry pumpkin sauce, or tomato and olive sauce. Add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut or purple pickled vegetable.

There all have an organic, fresh tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts and mayonnaise.


No.8 Distillery


I will be up on the platform with our award winning little Ouzo. I 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



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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