Another weekend for all of ye in the garden with your tomato plants!

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Another weekend for all of ye in the garden with your tomato plants!

27th September 2018

Hi there


Daylight savings begins this weekend. Spring forward and set your clocks for an hour later. Let go of the fact that you lose an hour in the night and think of all the daylight time you can enjoy after work next week. I’m thinking BBQs, evenings spent gardening and basking in glorious sunshine.

Our vendors have been in the news this week. Ocho won 2 gold medals at the NZ Chocolate Awards held recently and Botanical Kitchen was in the ODT to announce the opening of their vegan grocery store in Vogel St called the Kind Grocer. Congratulations to both vendors for reaching the highest standards and for supporting local food and Dunedin.

Saturday promises to be a settled spring day, albeit with a zephyr or two. As we enter October and the countdown to the gardening weekend of all gardening weekends, ie Labour weekend, do check out the plant vendors at the market for your edible and ornamental seedlings. There is a wide variety of options on offer. Our plant vendors all love to recycle your existing pots too so bring them back for them to use again.

See you Saturday



This Week in the kitchen

Kate and Narelle are back in the kitchen this week and with the weather doing a poor job of threatening to snow all week (and failing to deliver) it seems like a nice idea to curl up inside with a delicious Leek, Apple and Turmeric soup until it remembers that its spring and we can go back to all that glorious weather from the week before!

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Leek, apple and turmeric soup

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Willowbrook Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Oamaru Organics Rosedale Orchard Caithness Farm Ltd Holy Cow

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Roasted lamb fillet with balsamic and honey reduction served on roasted crushed rosemary and garlic potatoes

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Spiced Apple and honey bundt cake with cinnamon mascarpone

Produce from Willowbrook Orchard Blueskin Bay Honey Ettrick Gardens Holy Cow Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

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Simple Kale Salad

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La Crepe Specials


Jam Of The Day: Pear & Vanilla $6

Sweet Crepe: Apple & Blueberry Delicacy Butterscotch Sauce Poached Apple & Blueberries With Confectioner’s Custard $10.50 Or With Whipped Cream $10

Savoury Crepe: Seasonal Vegetables (Celeriac, Jerusaleum Artichoke, Cauliflower, Brocoli) with Teriaki Sauce (Tamari, Onion, Ginger & Garlic) (Vegan) Or Organic French Lentil With Creamy Pumpkin & Cumin (Vegan) Or Traditional French Lamb Stew With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10.50


Otago Organics

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Otago Organics will be back at the Market for the Season Next Week

Starting on Saturday 6 October

There will be Globe Artichokes, along with our ever popular “Taste Sensation” salad bags with Edible flowers. We will also have Fresh Herb Bunches as well as Dried Herb Packs and a selection of our Herbal Teas. More details next week.

Over the winter our Tiger Worms in our worm farms have been flourishing. These are the ones suitable for all sorts of composting systems. These can be ordered ahead when you see us at the market and picked up the following week. You can also contact us to place your order through our Kanuka Organics Facebook page . We package these in recycled 2L ice-cream boxes, we figure these hold about 1000 worms, for a cost of $10.00 per pack. You can return those boxes to us for reuse and we also welcome donations of used ice-cream boxes. 


Dunford Grove

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Pruning is underway here.  We hosted a fantastic day here on Saturday with Andrew, New Zealand's olive expert, and about 25 members from our Central Otago Olive Growers group.  A beautiful day followed by some fine food at our annual Harvest Dinner.

Did you know?

Olives only grow on one year old wood, so the new growth from last summer is where we're looking for this years flower buds.  This past year has seen some spectacular growth pointing to a great flowering, we hope! With olives only on growing new wood, pruning continually replaces the canopy without the tree becoming enormous.  That's why you can find trees around Europe and the Middle East still giving the good oil after thousands of years!


Steamer Basin Brewing



Spring is here and we’ve a festive beer to celebrate. Inspired by a cocktail, Rhuberry Fizz is fermented with champagne yeast and conditioned on rhubarb and Butlers raspberries, giving it a lovely pink blush.

Note: This is our 50th beer since we’ve joined the market, inspiring us to use local ingredients. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us with fresh produce and feedback.


Waikouaiti Gardens – new seasons Tomatoes this weekend

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Standard Tomatoes

Beef Steak, Early Girl, Grosse Lisse, Money Maker, Roma, Russian Red, Tumbling Toms.

Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet 100, Sun Cheery, Sun Gold, Black/White Cherry, Yellow Pear.


21 varieties this week to choose from with more to come next week. Great colour range and flavours to choose from.

Seed Potatoes – small selection available this week.

New this week in our vegetable range includes:

Courgettes (3 varieties), pumpkin (Crown), Runner & Dwarf beans. We also have new season stocks of Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts , Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kales, Leeks, Lettuce (8 including a mixed variety), Mesclun, Pak Choy’s, Onions , Peas (both dwarf & climbing), Peppers & Jalapeno’s, Pumpkins (Crown) Rocket, Silverbeets, Spinach, Squash (Butternut) , Packs of Mixed vegetables and Herbs, as well as a selection of flowering annuals – new this week are Marigold (dwarf), Livingstone Daisy, bedding Dahlia’s and Lobelia, also good supplies of Sweet Peas and Sunflowers (5 varieties).

We look forward to seeing you at the Market – Lynley, Mark & Lauren


Kapowai Brewing Co.


Farmers Market Special

This week's special is Tulsi, Rhodiola, Rose, Hibiscus and Cardamom.

Both Tulsi and Rhodiola are "adaptogens", which is a group of non-toxic plants that are thought to help the body adapt to and cope with stress. These herbs, roots and mushrooms have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. 

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been used medicinally in India for over 3,000 years and is known there as the “Queen of Herbs”. It has traditionally been a key herb for stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

Rhodiola is also known as arctic root or golden root. People in Russia and Scandinavian countries have used rhodiola to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression for centuries.

We've blended these with Rose, Hibiscus and Cardamom to bring you an uplifting kombucha that's designed to take you to your happy place... and we certainly all need it after the weather this week ;)


Kombucha ON TAP

We'll have Lemon, Ginger & Turmeric and Blueberry & Cinnamon on tap again this week. 

It's been awesome to see everyone bringing bottles and cups for refilling. We sold out last week, so get in quick!


Heidi & Dave


Ettrick Gardens

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Royal Gala, Pacific Rose, Cox’s Orange, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Granny Smith & Sturmer Apples.

Please Note, We Do Not Export, So We Use Less Sprays

We Have Reusable Net Produce Bags Available To Buy So You Do Not Have To Use Plastic Bags. 3 Sizes Available, Only $2 Each. Check Out Our Reuseable “Strawberry” Bags They Make Great Gifts

Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather, Highlander, Jelly & Anushka Potatoes: “Red Fantasy” Is A Great General Purpose Potatoes. Little Bit Floury But  Won’t Break Up When You Boil Them, But Mash Beautifully Also Great For Baking, Roasting Or Chipping. Great Flavour.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Kale, Cauliflower, Silverbeet, Red Cabbbage, Beetroot, Coloured Carrots, Leeks, Brightlights Silverbeet, Carrots, Gourmet Washed Potatoes, Jerusalem Artichokes, Celeriac & Flowers

Super Special’s This Week

Potatoes 5kg @ $6 (7 Varieties), Tulips $3 “Or” 2 For $5, Cauliflower $2.50 Each, Sprouting Broccoli $2.50 “Or” 2 For $4

Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags Or Boxes With You. Thank You We Are Now Single Use Shopping Bag Free. Check Out Our Range Of Reusable Bags

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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Better Soil For Better Crops A Seminar For Beginners With Andy Barratt

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Although everyone knows that the key to success in growing healthy produce on any scale is to “get the soil right”, it is no easy matter to comprehend the vast amount of information available on the subject. The purpose of this seminar is to provide a thorough, practical introduction to the theory and practice of soil management in language that can be readily understood. The seminar will be in three parts:

  1. Know your soil – explaining how to evaluate your soil type and understand its advantages and limitations.
  2. Understand your soil – covering the physics, chemistry and biology of the soil and the connections between them (the “soil food web”).
  3. Manage your soil – surveying the many practices you can employ to make your soil as healthy and productive as possible.

Andy Barratt is a certified organic grower. He and his wife live on a small farm outside Karitane where they grow fruit and vegetables.

WHEN     SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30th, 1pm – 5pm

WHERE    Community Rooms, North East Valley Normal School, North Road, Dunedin

COST                $40 (Otago Organics Associates - $35)


To register, email Andy at or phone/text 021 890 048.

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