This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

25th March 2023

Hi there

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We are now officially in autumn after this week’s autumn equinox and it sure feels it, hopefully you still have leaves on the trees after the storm!  Big congratulations this week to Di Noone at Port Larder for taking out Gold in the Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards for her Ceylon Sauce, Marmalade & Gluten Free Tomato Sauce!  And Danielle Culling from Tartan Sari for the second year in a row winning Silver, this time for my fav Carrot Pickle & also for her Rechard Masala Curry Paste.  And Whitestone Cheese winning Gold for their Oamaru Blue.  Moturata Gardens will have fresh kaffir lime leaves & fresh lemongrass as well as their garlic from the mouth of the Taieri River.  You will find all these great producers along the Railway Platform.  Figs will be back again this weekend from 8am (apologies for last weekend as they were running a bit late from Central Otago).  

Just a reminder as so many of you are getting to the Market earlier & earlier, that officially we open at 8am so officially our vendors don't have to start trading or be ready before then (although I know some are), so please be patient - thank you.  

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 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. 

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:  Willowbrook Orchard


This Week in the kitchen

Something sweet to keep you warm now that Autumn is upon us, using in-season Plums that are in abundance at the market.

Easy Plum Torte

Produce from Willowbrook Orchard Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Ettrick Gardens Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

View Recipe

Tartan Sari

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Hello Pickle lovers, 

I am thrilled to tell you we have won 2 more silver ’Outstanding Food Producer awards for our Carrot Pickle and our Rechard Masala Curry paste. These join our silver-award-winning Zucchini pickle from last year to make a ’Silver Trio’!

Until the end of April, you can purchase our Silver Trio - either at the market or on our website - for a discounted $33. That’s 3 for $33, and a saving of $5 for you.

 If you haven’t tasted them yet, come along and have a try on Saturday. We’ll have all the goodies including our two apricot offerings, coriander chutney, spicy seeds and nuts (spiced with Rechard Masala) and our seed crackers if I haven’t eaten them all by then!!



Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op


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

We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 

Try before you buy - we welcome you trying all of fruit. 100% paper packaging (No 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.


Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple 


Hawera plum (similar to omega), Royal gala apples, Muscat Wine Grapes, Quince 



Buy 2 punnets and get 20% off Or Buy 3 punnets get 1 free (25%off)

While stocks last.... (PREORDER to guarantee your blueberry order - text 021 455341 to order and we will hold your order until you get to the market).  Remember - Blueberries freeze free-flow so you can easily enjoy over winter the months.

STONEFRUIT:  Peaches Yellow flesh (so sweet), White flesh peaches (maybe), Peacherines (amazing), Golden Queen peach (Final week)

White flesh nectarines (maybe), Yellow Nectarines (super sweet)

PLUMS:  Freedom Plum, Amber Jewel plum, Fortune plum, Black Diamond plum, Omega plum

Plus:  Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

If you want 2nds plums, peaches or nectarines please text to order - by Friday at 10am ... text 021 455341.

PRE-ORDER your fruit if you come later to the market so you don't miss out - text 021 455341 by Friday 10am to order any fruit.

Feel free to mix SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit mix at the market and remember you can taste any fruit before you buy. 

Thanks, Rob, Sher and family


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

It's pumpkin and sweetcorn time

Fresh blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries!

Cauliflower & Broccoflower Spray free 

ROMANESCO (a heritage vegetable, that has a lovely nutty flavour)

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

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

Jalopeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies and capsicums IN SEASON now

Celery and parsley spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Heather potatoes, spray-free and delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red and green cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Royal gala, sweet beauty, pacific beauty and cox orange apples

Beurre hardy, beurrebosc, doyenne du comice and taylors gold pears

Omega plums

Walnuts sprayfree 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. 

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Who Ate All the Pies?


Sorry to keep you all waiting but 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


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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THYME (Thymus vulgaris)

A low growing, evergreen groundcover with small green, highly fragrant leaves and pink-lilac flowers in summer. Full sun is needed by this plant to help keep it compact, a light shear after flowering also helps keep the bush compact. Thyme prefers well drained, slightly dry soils making them ideal for pots.

Leaves are best harvested when plant is in bloom but can be used at any time of the year. 

Thyme is a multi-use culinary herb being a great addition to fish and chicken dishes where it does not overpower the lighter meats but it is also robust enough to not be lost in beef and venison dishes either. Can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.

Thyme has well know antiseptic qualities and you can make an organic household disinfectant by making a strong decoction with this herb!

Make a steam bath using thyme to help with acne or infuse fresh thyme with rosemary as a hair rinse to deter dandruff. 

All thymes have medicinal qualities - infuse as a tea as a digestive tonic or to help relieve a hangover. Sweeten the tea with honey for coughs, colds and sore throats.

Ht 30cm approx.

*Add a sprinkle of thyme leaves to a pan of wild mushrooms and enjoy served on fresh, hot buttered toast!

Cheers,  Kate


Blind Low Vision NZ  Guide Dog Appeal

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The Guide Dog Puppy Street Appeal is this weekend! 

This Saturday 25 March, remember to stop and say hello to the friendly street collectors. Please give generously if you can, and in case you miss them, please remember you can give online at

Your support helps raise crucial funds for Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs, supporting people who are blind or have low vision, so please share this with your friends and whānau too. 


VOTE FOR US & Go in the Draw to Win!

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Are we still your most favourite farmers market this year?  We have won it 4x!

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! 

Be in to win an Artisan Hamper valued at $200 from Farro.

Put your email & postcode & then type in the words 'Otago Farmers Market' in the 'Vote for favourite NZ farmers market 2023' button (if you are voting for us!).  THEN hit Vote Now.

The page for voting is here  


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.


Feel Free to Share this Newsletter with Your Community

Communities helping Communities

Support LOCAL Small Businesses

No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

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


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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