This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

27th February 2021

Hi there

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Goodness me, it's the last market for summer before Autumn rolls around again!  Nice to see the city filling up with students & the Market is at capacity with plenty of music, fruit, vegies, treats, essentials, coffee, refreshments & ready to eats as we rock on into Autumn next week.  Blue Willow Blueberries & the figs have finished for the season which means lots of options coming through, more on that next week, but in the meantime I always love it when the quince appears (thanks NZ Nuts) so I can start thinking about making my yearly batch of quince paste or membrillo (if I can't travel to Spain then Spain can darn well come to me!).

Have a chat to me if you might be interested in cooking in our Market kitchen as well, it’s hard work but a lot of fun for the right person (see our ad below).  We are needing that special someone to commit most weeks to the Market (& it’s a paid job) but if you love the produce on offer & are a regular shopper here plus your friends & family love what you cook them, then this might just be you?

Hazelnut Estate: Janine and Roger Southby had been looking for a business for several years before they happened upon what has now become Hazelnut Estate. They were looking for a business they could grow but were mindful that they both had full time jobs. Fortunately, neither of them are afraid of hard work, or burning the candle at both ends, so they took the plunge. They have 5.8 hectares in hazelnuts, primarily the whiteheart variety. The trees are 19 years old and in full production. The learning curve was, and still is, extremely steep as neither had any sort of background in horticulture. However they have sought advice and are working their way through pruning of shelter belts and the trees themselves. They have looked at the health of the soil and are currently investigating ways to feed the trees in a sustainable and cost-effective way. They don’t want to be using any herbicides or pesticides. Once the nuts fall and are collected they come into the large, very well set up shed to be sorted, sized, cracked and eventually roasted for sale. While Janine and Roger have lots of plans to expand their product line, currently they do a hazelnut flour and whole, roasted nuts. Most hazelnuts you buy in New Zealand are imported and invariably stale or rancid. Janine and Rodgers’ nuts are a far superior product so they are confident that they will sell all that they can produce. Their stall is well laid out with a hazelnut inspired yummy treat on offer to entice customers and to demonstrate the versatility of the humble hazelnut.  (Taken from Kate's review last month).

See you on Saturday….

Ngā mihi 

Michele

Market Manager

 

This Week in the kitchen

Our delightful home cook Elizabeth Marshall has some tasty ways to up your five plus a day this week, from chilled soup to some traditional Jewish baking. She's even snuck some tofu into chocolate brownies -that means they are healthy and a legitimate dinner right?

Amazing Vendors This Week:

Jia He Asian Food Tofu Chocolate Tofu Brownie

Janefield Hydroponics BasilBasil & Cucumber Chilled Soup

Agreeable Nature Eggs Chocolate Tofu Brownie + Potato & Kale Knishes

Dunford Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Basil & Cucumber Chilled Soup + Potato & Kale Knishes

Oamaru Organics Agria Potatoes, Kale & Red Onion – Potato & Kale Knishes

Hazelnut Estate Hazelnut Flour Plum & Feta Tart

Earnscleugh Orchard PlumsPlum & Feta Tart

Plum & Feta Tart

Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Hazelnut Estate Earnscleugh Orchard

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Potato & Kale Knishes

Produce from Oamaru Organics Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Dunford Grove

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Basil & Cucumber Chilled Soup

Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Dunford Grove

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Chocolate Tofu Brownie

Produce from Jia He Asian Food Manufacturer Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

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Dunford Grove

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The olives are plumping up nicely but we've still three months to go until we harvest!  By now the stone is at its final size, from now on the fruit will put on much more flesh and hopefully fill with oil.  May the sun keep shining and the frosts stay away!

Now, a big thank you to all our loyal supporters as we've nearly sold out for the year.  Otago Farmers Market have kindly agreed to us dropping back to twice a month at the market in the hope of extending our presence on the platform.  From next month we'll attend on the first and third Saturdays on the month and trust that you'll all understand the reduced attendance.

Did you know?

Baked goods will last longer when you substitute olive oil for butter. It is the vitamin E and polyphenols that causes this longer shelf life.

 

NZ Nuts This Weekend

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This week Olivia will have the first of the quince – this is a smaller fruited cultivar – the larger quince will be another week or two.  Quince are a pear shaped fruit which require a long slow cooking to bring out the best of their colour and flavour – great for desserts or try your hand at quince butter to serve with cheeses.  There will be quince on the stand for the next few weeks.

There will be in shell walnuts for another few weeks... but then a lengthy wait for next season’s crop in April.  If you are wanting shelled halves or pieces before then plan to buy within the next week or two or they will be unavailable till April or May.  Chestnuts and almonds will be the first in shell nuts to appear back in the market sometime in March.

Look out for the yellow canopy instead of the van with the green canopy just to the right as you enter the main trading area at the market.

Best wishes to my market friends – I miss you but am ticking off very important jobs like the new canopy for the walnut harvester!

Valda

 

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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FRESH IN SEASON NOW:

STRAWBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES

AUTUMN RASPBERRIES & BLACKBERRIES

Spray Free BROCCOFLOWER, CAULIFLOWER & ROMANESCO CAULI

SPRAYFREE LETTUCE (SOIL GROWN) & LARGE FENNEL

XL SPRAYFREE BROCCOLI

FRESH PICKED APPLES & PEARS

BLACK DORIS & LOUISA PLUMS

NEW POTATOES & AGRIA POTATOES

TOMATOES – CHERRY, GOURMET & TABLE

CHILLIES & PEPPERS

5KG MARIS ANCHOR @ $5

COURGETTES, ROUND, CYLINDRA, GOLD & CANDY BEETROOT,

SILVERBEET, KALE, NEW POTATOES, CAVOLO NERO

CABBAGE, WALNUTS, ZUCCHINI, RED CABBAGE, PARSLEY,

SPRING CARROTS, BROCCOLI, KALE, SILVERBEET, CAULIFLOWER, BROCCOLI.

MOST OF OUR VEGATABLES ARE SPRAY FREE

OUR COURIER SERVICE IS STILL AVAILABLE ANYTIME.

Email j.hpreedyege@actrix.co.nz 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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La Crepe Market Specials

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JAM OF THE DAY: APRICOT $6 WITH WHITE CHOC BRITTLE AND SLICED ALMOND $8  

THE CREATION: LEMON CURD OR PASSION FRUIT WITH LOW SUGAR HAZELNUT MERINGUE AND WHIPPED CREAM $8  

STRAWBERRY DREAM $11.00

Strawberry jam, or lemon curd, fresh market berries with confectioner’s custard or whipped cream


SPECIALS SAVOURY CREPE: $10.00  

FRESH TOMATOES WITH ROCKET PESTO, CRACKED PEPPER OPTIONAL (VEGAN)

OR

CARIBBEAN STYLE BRAISED PORK WITH YAM AND JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE (CHILLY SAUCE OPTIONAL)

With cheese or hummus and salad & dressing or egg

 

This Week at the Market L1

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Please stay away if unwell (vendors & customers). 

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy (& always wash your produce when you get home).

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle returns, etc.

We will have loads of fantastic, fresh local produce, products, hot food, coffee, etc ready for you from 7:30am till 12:15pm around their usual spots at the market.

Cash is still accepted from many vendors.  CASH IS KING AT THE MARKET.

QR CODES ARE AT ALL THE GATES please scan yourself in on the official govt Covid QR code.  (You will find them attached to the fence at each of the gates & on the orange cones in the middle of the entrances or at the caravan at front entrance)It will be everyone’s responsibility to scan in (incl vendors & staff).  This will be unmanned & is everyone’s responsibility to do so & to sanitize hands at entrances please.

If you can please make sure you have downloaded a Govt Covid diary tracker QR app on your smart phone to be prepared if you haven’t already done so.  https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app

Remember your charged mobile phones for contact tracing! 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

covid19.govt.nz

 

Dee May and the Saints

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The market will be jumping when Oamaru’s very own Dee May and the Saints come marching in! They join all our other fabulous buskers this weekend with a hip-shakin’ blend of retro Rock ‘n Roll, Blues, Rockabilly and R&B that’ll get your toes tapping and produce bag swinging.

 

Are you our next star Farmers Market CHEF or home COOK?

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Do your family & friends love your cooking?

Do you have personality plus?

Otago Farmers Market are looking for an additional fabulous person to join our kitchen team three or four Saturdays a month here in Dunedin. This is a paid gig. 

Feel free to email through your bio, a few photos of dishes you have made & contact details so we can let you know more details. For more info email Michele. gm@otagofarmersmarket.org.nz or Click here.  

 

Child Cancer Foundation Annual Street Appeal

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Collecting to support local families at the gates this weekend.  

 

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