This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

24th September 2022

Hi there

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I was lucky enough to be finally flying to tropical climes for some annual leave only to be reminded immediately of back home with a nice shoutout to Ōtepoti Dunedin (& the Market) in the latest Kia Ora Magazine.

“It’s a UNESCO City of Literature and a university town with some of our finest Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Increasingly, it’s a foodie destination, too, with a slew of terrific restaurants, cafes and bars and one of the best farmers’ markets going. And while the weather may get bracing at times, Dunedin’s easy access to wild places and unique habitats makes it a wilderness lover’s dream.

MARKET DRIVEN:  The ornate Flemish Renaissance-style Dunedin Railway Station is a drawcard in its own right. But time your visit for Saturday morning and you’ll find the Otago Farmers’ Market occupying the station’s northern carpark. Established in 2003, it’s a food focused farmers’ market, with vendors from all around Otago. Think Central Otago stone fruit, Whitestone cheese, honey from the Maniatoto and whole fish caught locally, plus plenty of ready-to-eat options”.

I continued doing the Market social media, so I have been watching from afar (and the beach!) on what was going on back here.  It was great to see the Market look & feel like the numbers of old last weekend & I know our vendors welcomed seeing your faces & the sales, long may that reign. Speaking of which, we have a long weekend for many this weekend with Monday 26th September a Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Holiday (what a spectacular funeral and send off – I was transfixed till 4am watching it).  Hopefully we will get many out-of-town visitors & locals who might have the weekend off to come and enjoy the Market.

Will be lovely to have Esther from Company of Flowers back with her rustic bunches of spring flowers in the usual northern corner, with her Market neighbours Viv & Chris from Kakanui Produce also returning for the season this weekend with produce from their hot houses. 

We bid goodbye to Sophie from Soul Chai as sadly for us (& her many chai fans), Auckland has claimed her with a great new job offer.  This weekend will be her last.  Short & sweet while it lasted.  We wish her all the best up in the big city.

Coastal Kaps will be at the Market this weekend with their oyster mushroom range up on the platform. Bacon Buttie is away this weekend but there will be plenty of other ready to eat options dotted around the Market.

I had the pleasure this week of doing a site visit along with our OFMT trustee Rod Philip (the ex-Asparagus Man) to Brightside Gourmet Food out at Mosgiel to see Ben and his microgreens & native oyster mushrooms.  It’s great to see where our food comes from and the hard work that goes into it from all our growers, farmers and producers.  You will find his finest microgreens available up on the platform each week where Ben encourages his customers to bring your own containers to fill.  He also sells them in containers made from recycled milk bottles that you can bring back each week to get filled.  I always get the fine salad mix to add to my poached eggs & any of my meals for a quick, nutritious and lazy vege hit.

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, 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. Remember your keep cup / mug (if you forget, check with your beverage vendor if they have spares to borrow to save on a single use throw out cups – which are just not cool!), I will keep supplying them with cups where needed, it’s up to us all to make use of this.  And remember your containers, produce bags. 

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. 

And thanks to Bella & the board for keeping the wheels turning while I was away and thank you as always for attending if you were there.

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

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

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Company of Flowers

Insert Image:  Ben Haines from Brightside Gourmet Food with OFMT trustee Rod Philip (on the right).


This Week in the kitchen

It's getting to the time of the year where I am looking for dips to go along with the cheese, crackers, and other bits I pick up from the market for my cheese boards. This beetroot dip is going to be a staple over summer. I look forward to seeing you all at the market this weekend!

Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Beetroot and mint dip

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Chocolate Tofu Brownie

Produce from Jia He Asian Food Manufacturer Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs coKo Lounge Ronia and Pippi

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Produce from Whitestone Cheese Oamaru Organics Dunford Grove Evansdale Cheese Ettrick Gardens

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Company of Flowers

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Esther from Company of Flowers will be back at the Market this Saturday with her beautiful selections of floral arrangements. 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials


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

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Spray-free cauliflower


Spring onions are also spray-free

“Jumbo” beetroot is only $2 per kilo

Spray-free silverbeet & Brightlights silverbeet- only $2.50 per bunch😊

Spray-free leeks - $2.50 each

Daffodils 😊

Spray-free beetroot; round or cylindra - only $2.50 per kilo

Frost sweetened yams & parsnips

Spray-free Jerusalem artichokes - 1 KG only $4

Apples: Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Pacific Queen, Granny Smith, Pacific Rose,

Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Heritage varieties: Sturmer

Winter Nelis, and Beurre Bosc pears

Spray-free spinach 

Potatoes: Agria, Red Fantasy, Lily Rose & Jelly

Coloured carrots and orange carrots

Spray-free kale

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

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



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


NZ Nuts

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Top of mind for me this week is grafting this year's batch of walnut trees. We grow on our own root stock from the Geisenheimer walnut -this has proven to be the strongest root stock. Our earlier grafted trees on a New Zealand wild walnut rootstock have failed to thrive, and despite being the oldest trees on the farm and still amongst our smallest trees! The rootstock is generally about 3-4 years old before it is big enough for grafting. We collect scion wood from the orchard prior to bud bust and store it chilled ready for grafting. This is then bench grafted onto the root stock and held at 24C for a month for the callous to form - and the new tree is then nurtured in our hothouse so frosts or rabbits don't nip the graft in the bud!! It is a fickle process with significant losses but all trees on the property have been grafted by us. At no time of the year am I more sure that we could have chosen an easier crop to grow!! We need to do this as walnuts do not produce the same quality nuts from seed..... so we do this in order to give you the consistent quality of walnuts, halves and pieces on the stall ..... enjoy!

A big thank you to our Otago Farmers Market customers for enjoying the fruits of our labour! ..... and celebrating Organic Week this week.  Best wishes, Valda.


No.8 Distillery

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The Number.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


Marie's Plant Based Food

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(May contain traces of gluten)

We are on holiday!


Keeping Well

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

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

We still encourage mask use at the Market.

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Cash still accepted.

Please RESPECT each other’s space.


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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

No Fliers / Pamphlets to be distributed at the Market please.  

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