This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

26th November 2022

Hi there

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Hope your week is going well between all the rain showers around the motu.  At the Market we look forward to you saving money while you shop for your fresh produce this weekend & every weekend.  The summer fruit & vegies are starting to appear & the coming weeks will see more volume.  Buying directly from the growers you will find the best value & freshness at farmers markets, as you probably already well know! Caithness Farm will be back this weekend with new season broad beans & Jeff has let me know they will have some strawberries & new potatoes in limited supplies this week as well.

We have some students this weekend handing out FREE reuse produce bags, bread bags, etc at the main gate from 10am if you have forgotten yours.  Pat Johnston a Market volunteer (& was our long time OFMT board member for many years), has been sewing up a storm of reused material & offcuts to make upcycled bags for most of your different Market purchases.  If everyone remembered to bring their own then there should be no reason for vendors to have rolls of bags (which I know are compostable, but not an ideal solution for every product, some products do need this though, fresh fish, salad mixes, etc).  Some of you are brilliant at remembering your stash from home.  I know my linen bread bag keeps a Gilbert’s rye loaf fresh for the whole week, it really is a game changer.

Congrat’s to Kiwi Harvest in the Grand Business South Awards on the weekend for winning the Excellence in Not for Profit & to Gilbert’s Fine Food for making the finals of the Excellence in Retail this year, both doing great things in our community.

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!), we 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, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.

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 (veg 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, 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 ORDER NOW button on our website

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. 

Our Christmas Market lands on Saturday 24th December this year and will be an early 6:30am – 11am one, we can operate like the old pre covid days & lock off gates till opening this year - which always creates a frenzied rush of shoppers for Christmas day supplies & customers wanting coffee & brunch. The following Market is then New Year’s Eve morning Saturday 31st December – there are no extra markets over the festive period, just all the usual Saturdays so nice & straight forward.  

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:  Garlic at Waewae Permaculture

Insert Image:  ReUse upcycled bags


This Week in the kitchen

Fast approaching is the time of the year where last minute BBQ's are frequent and the need for a good dip is a must when hosting. This dip is great to fill that need and you can get all of the fresh produce this Saturday! The basil and strawberry tart is a great follow up for dessert. 

Isabella (Assistant Manager)

Roast Garlic and Cannellini Dip with Thyme Pumpernickel

Produce from Waewae Permaculture Dunford Grove

View Recipe
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Strawberry Basil Free-form Tart

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

View Recipe

Tartan Sari

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Hello, Picklelovers. We are all ready for your Christmas gift purchasing, with gift boxes and all our varieties available (though a reminder that zucchini and tomato stocks are low).

You’ll also find a new seasonal product on our stall from now until Christmas Eve. ‘Spicy Seeds and Nuts’ are seasoned with Olive Oil, Maple Syrup, a dash of salt and our Rechard Masala Curry Paste. They are incredibly more-ish and make a great stocking filler…or you could buy a jar of Rechard Masala and make them yourself?

Come and try a sample on Saturday.

Finally as a seasonal good-will gesture- until the New Year - I have removed the credit card surcharge and added payWave to our eftpos machine! Hopefully, that will make things a bit easier for you.

Seasons Greetings.  Danielle x


Waewae Permaculture

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We have some beautiful early garlic to bring to the market along with our usual range. We gave a tunnel house a rest from tomatoes and planted garlic instead. The result is some great bulb sizes. More is coming on each week too with plenty of Spring onions, Coriander, Salad mix, Radishes, Dill, Cos & more. 

In addition to selling at the market, we have again started our weekly veggie box service that is now available in Dunedin City. If you are interested or know someone who can't make it to the market on Saturday you can order here:  Lian & Fiona


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Beautiful Paeonies😊 

Radishes spray-free

New Potatoes spray-free

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free, Whole and Shelled 

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Potatoes: Red Fantasy - A tasty general-purpose potato. Boiled, mashed, roasted, salad, or chips.

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries, mixed berries, boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants.


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. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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BASIL (Ocimum basilicum)

Its warm, spicy flavour just speaks of summer!

A heat-loving annual that is a native of India. Basil has had a long history with humans dating back to Christ's tomb and as such over the years many cultivars have been produced - different leaf shapes and colours but all are still Ocimum basilicum!

The most known thing about basil is its use in cooking - it's best to rip (not cut) the leaves or pound them with oil and add them at the last minute to dishes.  

If you grow pots of basil near windows or doors it helps to deter flies. 

Adding basil flowers and/or leaves will create an invigorating bath!

Medicinally infuse as a tea to aid digestion whereas basil essential oil when inhaled is supposed to help with mental fatigue.

For best results grow in full sun in a hot sunny location with plenty of water (but not waterlogged!). 

NB: One old rural Mexican 'wives tale' tells if you carry basil in your pocket it's supposed to magnetize money!!!  Kate


Willowbrook Orchard

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🍒🌞Summer has arrived and the first of the cherries have been picked at Willowbrook Orchard ~ Make sure that You don't miss out on Your first taste of Summer Fruit at the Market on Saturday. John and Pete will be there happy to show you some of their freshly picked cherries 🍒
Sweet and tasty apples are available too 🍎Enjoy! 🌞


Dunford Grove

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Do you love the Otago Farmers Market? Do you know someone who does? We’d certainly like to meet you if you’d like to staff our stand and its award winning products 3 Saturdays a month!
You would need to enjoy meeting people, love olive oil, and be as keen on local as we are. The platform is a fun place, our fellow vendors are good company and, most importantly, the market brings a stream of delightful people right to you every week.
Interested? Lets talk! Come and see me or give me a call and we’ll explore how this could work.


Earnscleugh Orchard


Hi all, we are excited to let you know we are back at the Otago Farmers Market Saturday 10th of December.  

We will bring new-season cherries and hopefully early apricots, depending on how sunny Alexandra is in the next few weeks.

Come and see us back up on the platform. Look out for the big RED VAN.

If you want to order anything to pop aside and collect please text me on 021 455341 or email me at 

We are looking forward to seeing you all and catching up. Earnscleugh Orchards CoOp.


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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

We have a new fermented vegetable (in the picture) with Daikon, cauliflower, celery, beetroot, turmeric & ginger – 360g for $14

The mix is a delicate pale pink, with a mild taste & smell and it is very crunchy. It would be delicious to balance a hot dish, sandwich, cracker, fish, or vegetarian stir fry…..

If you enjoyed our last one, Carrot and Beetroot, we are getting to the end of our batch, so it is a good time to get some before we run out!

See you at the market.  Marie


- *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  


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

-NEW KIMCHI *Chinese & *green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, - mild, medium, or hot is available - $16 for 380g

Almost finished #Carrots, #beetroot, #celery, ginger, turmeric & horopito - $15 for 360g

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

                                  * organic #spray free         

FRESH TEMPEH: Mungbean, buckwheat, and sunflower seeds

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 jar for $6: Strawberry, quince 1 mix: Gooseberry, pear and banana.  

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 

1 mix: Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7

310g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, plum, apricot, feijoa, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry

1 mix: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry

1 mix: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry


SPECIAL: Apricot low sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted 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, plum & spices sauce, or tomato and olive 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 (mild or medium)

*Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


No.8 Distillery

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The No. 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


Gate Appeal - Parkinson's New Zealand

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There will be collectors from Parkinson's Otago Street Appeal at the gates this weekend.
This is the major fundraiser for Parkinson's Otago. We hold this appeal during November as it is Parkinsons awearness month. The money raised helps fund vital in education, exercise classes, and support to our people. The organisation recieves no goverment funding so events like this are what keeps us going.


Community Stall - Fundraiser for NZ Under 21 Women's Curling Team


Apprentice baker at Gilbert's Fine Food Lucy Neilson, is representing New Zealand in December in Finland for the Under 21 Women's Curling Team.  They are fundraising to get themselves over there. 


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’


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.


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.


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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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