This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

25th February 2023

Hi there

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Big thanks everyone (customers, growers, vendors, staff, buskers, trustees & volunteers) who all contributed to a very busy inaugural Little Nuggets of Gold Apricot Festival last weekend, we enjoyed huge numbers of old (as in pre covid days) all morning.

Hopefully you did a little rain dance this week too?  As I write this I'm having hot porridge with blueberries & my ugg boots are back on after many, many months - not that it's that cold yet, just that I'd conveniently forgotten what 10deg felt like after a warm summer!  Funny how on the same day the Otago Peninsular was declared a drought it finally rained here in Dunedin.  I know my lawns have been crunchy as all heck & around the hood - burned off to a golden tan at the beach, so our growers have definitely been feeling the affects too, we just need a fair few more good days of this rain to get through to late autumn.  I look forward to chatting to our growers on what is looking to be a sunny Saturday to see if it has made a dint to them yet in the fields, orchards, gardens & tanks.

Bronwen & Graeme from Juiced Up let me know last weekend that it would have to be their last day at the Market due to a few circumstances out of their control.  We will miss their loud laughter & liveliness around the platform & we wish them all the best. They said “it has been a fantastic 5 years of being part of the best Farmers Market in the country and we will greatly miss seeing everyone. We have built a great relationship with many regular customers coming for their favourite juice every weekend, some since day one!! So, we will miss it”.

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 (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 please (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors), thanks heaps.

We wish Marie’s Plant Based Foods fun French adventures & we will hopefully see her back later in the year as this is her last weekend (I am glad I pre ordered a few months worth of her kimchi to tide me over!).  We wish Toby from Catlins True Brew (& Kitchen) a well deserved birthday break off this weekend.

Farmers Market New Zealand (FMNZ) - who we are affiliated with (& I am on the executive committee of this organisation) have come up with plan to help in a small way other growers, farmers markets, vendors in the worst affected areas from the recent floods & Cyclone Gabrielle up north for members of FMNZ affiliated farmers markets. As a Farmers Market supporter, if you are looking for a way to show more support a givealittle page has been set up:

Our concern and support goes out to our markets and the vendors, especially the growers whose businesses have been impacted. We’ve received a number of messages this week from markets in areas not affected by the weather, who want to help in some way. It’s almost like a feeling of mild survivor guilt. We know that the problems that some vendors are facing will be huge and can’t be fixed easily or quickly, but we had the idea that even if people wanted to donate some money to shout the vendors who are doing it tough a stall fee or two, it might bring a smile to their face and show some solidarity. For anyone who does want to donate, be it a vendor, customer or whole market you can do so at:

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 Saturday. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Moturata Gardens 

Insert Image:  The Janefield crew rocking the apricot tees!


This Week in the kitchen

This Golden Apricot Tart was a hit at the Market last week for the Little Nuggets of Gold Apricot Festival with people coming for seconds! My self included!  Bella (Assistant Manager) 

Golden Apricot Tart

Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Willowbrook Orchard Waitaki Orchards Rosedale Orchard Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Hazelnut Estate Holy Cow

View Recipe
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Courgette Bake

Produce from Kakanui Produce Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Waikouaiti Gardens Hazelnut Estate Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe

Juiced Up Say Goodbye


A word of gratitude to our customers who we have really enjoyed getting to know, and who we will miss. And also; the stall holders who have given their support and entertainment. And thanks muchly to the volunteers and market staff who make the market great every Saturday morning. 

We have loved being part of this vibrant & tasty community.

See you soon, Bee & Gee


Wild Dispensary

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Looking, forward to seeing you all on Saturday, and feeling particularly lucky to have amazing growers for our produce and herbs!

A spotlight on our favourite product at the moment: Rest and Calm

Made with Chamomile harvested from certified organic Dunedin growers- Vern Paddock in Mihiwaka, and wild harvested Californian poppy from Central Otago. This is a go to product for stress or sleep issues, one of the most important things we need for our health is a restored nervous system. Our nervous system is what helps us get through the day and is most affected when we are stressed/anxious or tired.

So many of us struggle to get to sleep, stay asleep, or calm down enough to even think about it.

Rest and Calm can help with:

  • Daily nervous system support
  • Helps with sleep support and maintenance
  • Musculoskeletal support for sleep
  • It can also help with digestive upsets

A heads up also, we are running a workshop – Natural Approaches to Stress on the 4th of March 1pm-2pm if you are interested.

$45 tickets (including a bottle of Rest and Calm – Valued at $34.95)

More details on our Facebook event HERE

Ruth and WD Team


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op


Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for the BIG RED VAN on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 

CHERRY'S (Final weeks): Staccato cherry

ORGANIC APPLES: Sunrise apples  

SRAY FREE: Hawera plum (similar to Omega), greengages, Louisa plum, and Fortune plums


Stonefruit is ripe and delicious (FREE TASTINGS at our stall):

Greengages, peaches yellow flesh, peacherines, apricots * Mooreparks daughter (Cross, flat peaches (white & yellow flesh), yellow Nectarines, Fortune plums, and Black Diamond plums.

Plus JAM APRICOTS (half price) it's best to order, these sell fast. Text 021 455341 by Friday lunchtime to order.

Plus: Red pears and Nashi Gold.

Feel free to mix the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix.

Remember if you can't get to the market until later your can text your order and we will pack and hold for you..(pick up by 12:30 pm).

Thanks, Rob, Sher and family. 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Fresh blackberries and blueberry time! 

Shallots, garlic, and onions

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

Tomatoes - cherry, gourmet, table, all soil grown -spray free

Also, chillies & capsicums are IN SEASON now

Fennel and parsley spray free

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Freshly picked - new seasons apples and pears 

Also, greengages, plums, and cherries 

Walnuts spray free: whole and shelled 

Frozen blackcurrants are also available. 

Also, raspberries, boysenberries, tayberries!

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, state highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


The Port Larder

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Pear and walnut chutney is back, with in-season pears!

Tomato chutney is also available this week.

There will also be end-of-line chutney specials this week.



Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)

No one is sure of where the houseleek actually originated. One of the great Greek botanists of the fourth century BC has recorded its presence on roof tiles and walls at that time, however one could be sure that it was most likely Charlmagne's supposed order [reign 768 - 814 AD] to have one of these plants to be grown on every roof under his rule (basically as fire insurance as due to the high moisture content houseleeks were reluctant to burn). This probably started the spread of the houseleek throughout Europe and eventually into the New World. 

The houseleek has many similar properties of Aloe vera but the houseleek can handle winter frosts! If you peel the leaf, apply the inner gel/pulp to small cuts, minor burns, sunburn, insect bites/itches and warts. Soften skin around corns by binding the inner leaf to the area for a few hours then attempt to remove the corn - repeat as necessary. Or infuse the leaves in hot water to make a tea for septic throats and bronchitis.

While not generally eaten houseleek leaves are known to be added to salads in some European countries. To help nourish the skin, soak freshly cut leaves in a bath or use in a facial steam.As mentioned this is a succulent so it does need plenty of sun and well-drained soils but unlike many succulents, it can handle the frosty winters! Perfect for containers - inside or out. 

Houseleeks produce small offsets which then become self-sufficient as they put down roots and eventually create an ever-size-increasing clump - occasionally one of these rosettes will send up a flower stalk which produces rose-purple coloured flowers. Ht 5-8cm (Flowering stem 20cm) Evergreen.


Tartan Sari

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Hello Picklelovers,

I have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Dunedin Home Show this weekend but fret not, we will still be at the market this Saturday as this handsome fella will be manning the stall.

I have made some more of those delicious Apricot pickles you loved, so if you missed out last week you are in luck!

Cash only from 9am onwards thanks!



No.8 Distillery


No8 Apricot Gin Liqueur - 30% - Limited edition

$60 - 700ml // $25 -250ml

We are showcasing the first by-product Apricot Gin Liqueur, crafted from rescuing ripped & ugly apricots from Earnscleugh Co op Orchards.

Designed to be drunk neat on ice, your first sip and smell will give you a sweet hug, followed by a rich taste of coriander, sunny apricot and a flush of chamomile.  Feel free to pair with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic or tonic water to upscale your drink.

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


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten). Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant-based foods. This is our last Market, and we still have all of our products available. See you there, Marie.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Dear Customers & friends, I am about to take a 6 months break (more or less) from the Otago Farmer’s Market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will come back, please follow me on Facebook Marie’s – plant-based foods, I will post some updates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved to meet you every Saturday for the past three years. Keep well.


- *Sauerkraut (*Green cabbage with onion & garlic $14, or just cabbage $13) for 380g   

- *Kimchi - (*green cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli ). Mild, medium, or hot is available. Please let me know which you like - 380g for $15  


- Seasonal Kimchi *Chinese & green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, -only hot is available - $16 for 380g

-#Daikon, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

 * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: *Millet, soy bean & linseed. Freshly made every week from different beans, cereals, and seeds. 1 packet (225g) for $8 or 2 packets for $15 - enquire if you would like more.


270g: Strawberry ($6) OR Blackcurrent ($8)

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)  

1 mix : Plum & blackcurrant ($7) 

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, nectarine, plum

Mixed flavour $8: Pear & raspberry, or rhubarb & nectarine or  

Strawberry & blueberry, or Pear & gooseberry


SPECIAL: Pear & Gooseberry low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnuts $9

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

BOUNTY: dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $8.50 

TEMPEH BURGER $11: choose between crunchy peanut sauce, plum & spices, or tomato and jalapeno sauce. Add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut or purple pickled vegetable. They all have an organic, fresh tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts and mayonnaise.

VEGAN CHEESE SANDWICH $8: Choose between pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, or both. Served with salad. 

VEGAN CHEESE: Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas, and culture. Available with herbs or Kimchi *Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


Celebrate 20 years of fabulous regional produce at the OTAGO FARMERS MARKET LONG LUNCH

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On Sunday 26 March 2023, join our single table under cover on New Zealand's longest rail platform and enjoy a specially created seasonal lunch showcasing the finest summer produce from Otago Farmers Market vendors. 

Enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and Otago lamb prepared by Precinct Food.  A cash bar will serve libations from Otago Farmers Market vendors; No8 Distillery, Judge Rock Wines, Dunedin Craft Distillery and Catlins True Brew.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honour 20 years of Otago Farmers Market by taking a few leisurely hours to celebrate the best of life; friends and whanau and locally harvested, seasonal produce cooked to perfection!

Tickets are essential and can be purchased from TryBooking here Booking is $135 per person + booking fees. This includes a welcome drink and a delicious, leisurely three course lunch. The booking system allows you to add dietary requirements and note who you may want to sit with.


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’

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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.


Shout the Farmers' Market Vendors a Stall Fee! - Givealittle Page

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As a supporter of farmers markets - are you still thinking of what you can do to help in some small way? Check out our FMNZ givealittle page here:

A portal for the farmers' market community to support those FMNZ growers and vendors badly impacted by the recent storms Nationwide. Farmers' markets play a vital role in the nations food system. Every week growers work really hard every day to produce the vegetables, fruit and other staple foods that they take to their local market to sell. Even before the storms of the last couple of weeks it has been a grotty year with late frosts, rain and lack of sunshine playing havoc with crops and that's a big income hit for these often small businesses.
Post Gabrielle many growers along the eastern part of the North Island are in desperate trouble. Many vendors from other farmers' markets as well as customers would like to help these struggling growers by paying their stall fees to help them attend their markets. Farmers Markets NZ is working closely with Managers of member markets in impacted areas and together, using the Managers local knowledge of the growers and other vendors at their market any funds donated will be passed on. We know that the challenges that some growers and producers face are massive, but we hope that having their stall fee paid for a week or two might put a smile on some faces and show support.

Community Stall - Fringe Festival


Dunedin Fringe Festival will have a stall at the Market this Saturday with information about the Dunedin Fringe Festival 16-26 March. They will have the option for people to sign up if they are interested in volunteering for the festival. 



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Are we still your most favourite farmers market this year?  

Voting for the Coast Kiwis’ Favourite Farmers Market 2023 has begun and runs through until Friday 31 March.  Go in the draw to win prizes!

The page for voting is here


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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