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Happy Matariki!

27th June 2019

Hi there

Winter where are you? I can’t remember a winter that has been so mild.

Over the next few months the market will seem a little empty to those that are used to seeing the vendors jam packed into the space. Many of you comment to us about this. The reality is that we are a 52 week a year market in a cold (ish)  climate. Most other markets around the country, or the world for that matter, located in cold climates only open for the summer/autumn seasons.

We believe that the people from Dunedin want to be able to buy fresh produce and eat seasonally right throughout the year even when the selection of goods on offer gets a little restricted. To this end our vendors have planned their crop rotations and plantings to ensure that right throughout winter and spring there is always fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables on offer. However we have about 20 seasonal vendors who come to the market for anything from 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months per year.

We value them enormously because they bring the diversity of what the region can produce and what you all enjoy eating. Stone fruit, Fairfield blueberries, mushrooms, nuts, asparagus etc  etc

The down side of keeping space free for our seasonal vendors is that at times there are a few large gaps at the market. From time to time the Trust considers whether to allow more ready to eat food vendors in over these quieter months but believe that it is better to have a few gaps and let the full time vendors, incl the ready to eat producers  make a steady income over what can be some lean months.

Next week a must see movie is screening in Dunedin. One of our market sponsors, uyoc, is behind bringing it to us so a big shout out to them as well.

BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves.


The sun is out, the temperatures are mild, the shortest day is behind us … roll on Saturday I say!!

See you Saturday

Warmly Kate


This Week in the kitchen

Celebrating the best of Otago winter root vegetables in hearty, tasty and healthy recipes this weekend.  You will be spoilt for choice by not one, but two market chefs with both Kate & Jamalia cooking for you from the market caravan.  Plenty of rustic & warming treats for you to try.  

Artichoke, Mushroom and Walnut Soup

Produce from

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Baked Cajun Salmon with Lemon & Garlic Brown Rice

Produce from Harbour Fish

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Warm Yam & Quinoa Salad

Produce from Oamaru Organics

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Dark Carrot and Olive Oil Cake

Produce from

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Shakshuka with Fennel and Feta

Produce from Oamaru Organics

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La Crepe Special


Jam of the Day: Green gage $6

Sweet Crepe: Apple & Blueberry delicacy
Butterscotch Sauce
Poached Apple & Blueberries
with Confectioner’s Custard $10.50

with Whipped Cream $10 

New extra Pistachio Meringue $1.00

Savoury Crepe:

Organic Broccoli & Carrot with Tofu and Teriyaki Sauce (garlic, ginger, onion, tamari) (vegan)


Beef Provencale, Vegetables, Olives & Tomato Sauce

with Cheese or Hummus

and with Salad & Dressing or Egg  $10.50


Farmers Market Special - Mango, Passionfruit & Coconut Kombucha

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~Farmers Market Special - Mango, Passionfruit & Coconut Kombucha~

It may be winter, but close your eyes and let us whisk your tastebuds away to a tropical paradise! Our market special this week is Mango, Passionfruit & Coconut kombucha. It's sweet and fruity and reminiscent of warm, sunny days. On the beach. With cocktails. Yus! Available bottled and on tap. Recipe on our Facebook and Instagram.

~Kombucha on Tap (BYO Bottle)~

Our tap options this week are:

- Lemon, Ginger & Turmeric

- Thyme & Kawakawa (with tonic from Wild Dispensary)

~Heidi & Dave x



Otago Boys High School Rowing Club Fundraiser

Be sure to support the Otago Boys High Rowing Club this weekend.  They will be at the market selling raffle tickets for firewood to help raise funds for new boats.  


Looking for an Occasional Farmers Market Chef


Could you be our next Market Chef?  Calling all great home cooks or chefs with a fun, lively personality to represent the Otago Farmers Market once or twice a month.  This is a paid gig.  For more info email Kate. gm@otagofarmersmarket.org.nz

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