This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

26th March 2022

Hi there

So, it's official, summer is over, the real autumn is here since the autumn equinox passed this week.  Hope you are all managing ok around everything that is going on & the interruptions in our lives. Get on down this weekend for plenty of autumnal fruit & vegies if you are able. Masks are still a requirement (unless you are exempt) for farmers markets as I write this.  We fall under retail & even though we are outdoors please respect 1mt distancing so everyone can feel safer while shopping & please stay home & rest if you are sick.  We are still in still in the midst of the pandemic here in Otago, hopefully things will start to ease in the coming weeks. 

Congrats go to our winner on social media (with a bag of Market goodies to celebrate National Farmers Market week last week) to Joseph Chagger with his lovely entry on his favourite vendors – “If this was asked just over a year ago my answer would be easy: Joe and Wild Larder  RIP Joe, your presence and smile are sorely missed.  Nowadays… it would have to be Oamaru Organics. Honourable mentions to Gilbert’s, Harbour Fish and Who Ate All The Pies, and the organic stall kind-of next to Havoc whose name escapes me”.   We had a wonderful response & shoutout of all your favourite Market vendors.  Thank you!

For those of you who are stuck at home we have a few vendors that can deliver to your doorGilberts Fine Foods, Ettrick Gardens, Waewae, Ronia & Pippi, Agreeable Nature Eggs, Blue Mountain Butchery, Tartan Sari, Dunford Grove, Evansdale Cheese, Oamaru Organics, Harbour Fish, Havoc Pork, Blueskin Bay Honey, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Whitestone Cheese, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Waitaki Orchard, Princes St Butchery & others.  All their contact details you can find on our website under vendors. 

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.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. 

Remember your keep cup, return jars & containers to keep the ReUse cycle loop working & bags for vegies & fruit.  All of our Ready to Eats are more than happy to fill your container or bowl to take home with you. 

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  Take care of each other & thanks for supporting local where you can. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager


This Week in the kitchen

This week I found the perfect recipes (in our website archives) for the weather that is slowly getting colder. They are all great recipes for meal prepping and are easy to prepare which is perfect as the year keeps getting busier. The Spanish peaches are the perfect combination with breakfast cereals. Looking forward to seeing to seeing everyone this weekend! 

-Bella (Assistant Manager)

Grace's Eggplant

Produce from Kakanui Produce

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Produce from Willowbrook Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Waitaki Orchards Rosedale Orchard

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Warm beet and red onion salad with toasted nuts and cheese curd

Produce from Evansdale Cheese Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens

View Recipe

Oamaru Organics Ready 2 Eat Meals

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Oamaru Organics are launching our range of Ready 2 Eat Meals at the Market this weekend! Easily reheated in the oven or microwave for an easy, quick meal.

We will have a few display meals as examples, and a full list of all available options. Orders can be placed this weekend for pick up the following week. Unlike the website, we will be offering single meal purchases.

In the near future, we will be venturing into smaller lunch-sized portions, so keep an eye out for those!

We also have prepared vegetables eg. cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles available.

This week's options are:

  • Meatballs on Cauliflower Mash
  • Vegetarian Zoodle Bolognaise
  • Zoodle Beef Bolognese
  • Buddha Bowl
  • Black Pepper Beef
  • Beef Chilli-Con-Carne
  • Chicken Pie
  • Vegan Potato Chickpea Curry
  • Satay Vegetable with Turmeric Cauliflower Rice
  • Beef Lasagne with Steamed Vegetables
  • Cottage Pie

Willowbrook Orchard


Orchardist John Gilchrist at Willowbrook Orchard Roxburgh with a bin of du' de Comice (the Icecream Pear) bringing them to get ready for the Farmer's Market on Saturday... They are big, sweet, and juicy pears to eat fresh, with ice cream, or cooked. The pears bottle well with or without added sugar. They are beautiful!  And plenty of lovely gala apples among other varieties of the new seasons apples.  Gorgeous eating apples & nice to cook too if there's any left over!


Earnscleugh Orchard

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Hi, we will be at the market this Saturday and we hope to see you there! Come up onto the platform and look for our RED VAN. We bring a huge variety of fruit from ALEXANDRA, from the EARNSCLEUGH.

We have a fantastic range including, STONEFRUIT, APRICOTS, PEACHES, NECTARINES, BLUEBERRIES and our ORGANIC new season APPLES and PEARS are back. Yay.

Our Stone fruit is amazing, sweet, tree-ripened and juicy. Remember you can mix the same-priced fruit in one paper bag and get a wee taste on Central. 

Our ORGANIC APPLES are back. This week we have:


Plus Asure Quality Apples


We have a huge variety of ASURE QUALITY Stone fruit. Outstanding tree-ripened fruit ready to eat now. 


If you want bulk jam apricots or bottling nectarines, please text and order some. These are HALF PRICE.

A great deal on BLUEBERRIES. 

1 punnet for just $6 or 2 for $10.... hurry they sell fast. LAST FEW WEEKS SO STOCK UP FOR THE FREEZER. They freeze-free flow so freezer to bring out in the heart of winter. 

Honey available this week:

Thyme, Honeycomb, Clover (runny and creamed), and Manuka

If you want to order any fruit to collect, please let me know and we will pack to order. 

PLUS, we should have Stan's apple chips this week. Yummo!

TXT Sher 021 455341 for orders or questions. Please collect any orders before the market closes at 12:30 pm.

Hope to see you Saturday 



Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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Berry Time!!!

Strawberries & blackberries

Blueberries & raspberries

Spray-free Luisa plums

Spray-free pumpkins & squash

Freshly picked super sweet sweetcorn:)

Spray-free broccoli

Picked new seasons apples & pears

Royal gala, cox’s orange, sweet beauty, 

Golden delicious, fiesta and pacific beauty apples 

Peasgood non-such cooking apples

Beurre hardy, Taylors gold, bon cretian,

Doyenne du comice, beurre bosc & honey pears 

Cherry tomatoes (soil grown & super tasty)

Chilies & peppers (soil grown)

Spray-free celery, fennel & spinach

Spray-free red & green cabbage

Potatoes agria, red fantasy, lily rose & jelly

Coloured carrots, carrots & parsnips

Shallots & garlic

Spray-free silverbeet & bright lights silverbeet

Spray-free kale & cavolo nero

Spray-free beetroot -round or cylindra, gold or candy

Most of our vegetables are spray-free

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

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No.8 Distillery


Your distiller Julien, from No.8 Distillery will be up on the platform with the world’s best contemporary Horopito Gin, A fresh batch of Limoncello, and Peach liqueur. 


Ronia & Pippi Cold Pressed Juice & Plant Mylks

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Hi lovely humans!

Hazelnut mylk is back! And also, the usual rainbow of drinks, including our take on the classic banana mylk. Come try! Or as always we can deliver to you ♡

And don't forget we deliver! Orders over $30 are free delivery within Dunedin city. Get in touch via social media or either of the below .

Email -

Mobile - 020 406 57909

We also now have a bike trailer! So keep your eyes open for us around town, bringing fresh juices to a place near you! 



La Crepe Market Specials

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The Equinox has happened this week, season change.
A reminder of impermanence, and gratitude for the bounty that Earth is providing for us.
Wishing you a great day!  


THE NEW 4 WD: $8 

Hazelnut butter and butterscotch


Strawberry jam, fresh market strawberries 

with custard OR whipped cream 


Injected Grand Marnier with any sweet crepe (Adult Only) 


- azuki bean n’ broccoli in tomato sauce with karengo 

(Chilly sauce optional)


- brazed F.R. chicken & vegies in tandoori

with cheese or hummus and with salad & dressing OR an egg  



Dunford Grove

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Not a sight that you’d expect in the middle of the day in Wellington! A lovely week away. It was great to meet young Louis, and time spent with the kids is always good. I’ll be back on the platform this week, and hopefully, the Market won’t resemble the airport!

Did you know?

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Blue Mountain Butchery!


This weekend we are doing a 500gm Mince market Special
1x pack for $10
2x packs for $18

Blue Mountain Butchery




Please Mask Up until further notice while we have a state of covid in our community (@24/03 we are still under retail guidelines but we will continue to monitor the situation).  

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

We ask that everyone including our vendors please wear a MASK CORRECTLY (unless you have an exemption or are a child).

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 take away ALL food & drinks to consume offsite.  No eating or drinking inside the Market. 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Cash still accepted.

Please be PATIENT & RESPECT each other’s space.

There will be no tables, chairs, cup library, water fountain or Market Kitchen available this weekend.

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle / jar returns, etc, these are always accepted.


Gate Collection: Blind Low Vision 2022


Guide Dog Puppy Appeal will be at the gates collecting this weekend.  


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