This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market


Hi there


Happy Lunar New Year!  January has galloped along at a great pace and holidays are almost over for some of you, meanwhile the summer fruit & produce at the Market right now is many, varied, sweet & abundant.  Congrat’s to Julien at No.8 Distillery in winning another accolade for his Moka Gin made right here in Ōtepoti.  It’s getting to the last of the season for Earnscleugh Orchards Co Op moorpark apricots many of which come off 100yr old trees, if you haven’t tried this variety yet they always have samples & pack your own for all their great fruit.  Pauley Family  Orchard in Cromwell hope to have the first small hit of the new season figs this weekend - find Brendon up on the platform. Check out Breads & More for their latest new bread – it’s a Japanese milk bread called Shokupan which I’ve enjoyed this week, I also devoured delicious warm samosas from Silk Rd last weekend for morning tea – very nice.  

Have you checked out Slice of Heaven yet?

Gareth West & Sherilyn (a 1972 Anglo Ace vintage spearmint caravan) are a great duo at the Market, creating hand stretched New York style pizza topped with local Otago seasonal ingredients. It’s the first time in business for Gareth, (& presumably for Sherilyn) and he has felt supported by the local community especially over the various levels of a pandemic for the past two years.  While living in Wellington working at the public library, he had part-time job at a local pub where he learnt to make pizza from scratch – (a 2–3-day cold ferment process). These days, he makes vegetarian & vegan versions with the Margherita as the top favourite of a Slice of Heaven customer.  The vegan pepperoni is the next most requested with fresh herbs & rocket from Janefield Hydroponics, or his home garden utilized on many of the varieties. There is often a manuka smoked mushroom version and all can be sold by the slice or as a whole pizza - usually there are up to 6 different flavours to choose from on any given morning.  Customers get a sneak-peak through the front & back windows of the caravan as Gareth works the dough, and just like magic within minutes a steaming, delicious thin based pizza is ready.  He uses compostable packaging & composts any waste. The Slice of Heaven business is worked around Gareth’s day job as an archivist at the Otago Museum during the other half of the week.  As the business has grown & picked up at the Market, he now has help in the caravan to keep up with demand on a Saturday. Gareth loves being part of the Market community and the atmosphere and having a chat with other traders and his regulars. Seeing the sun rise through Sherilyn’s windows as he prepares the dough is a pretty special thing early on a Saturday morning. 

Gareth’s Personal Fav:  Confit Garlic – which is a white pizza of roasted garlic with red onions & fresh herbs.

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 (vege 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, Waitaki Orchard, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in our ORDER NOW button on our website

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.  And remember your containers, produce bags, berry punnets, keep cup, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.

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.  We thank you for your loyal support!

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: Earnscleugh Orchards Co Op

Insert Image: Slice of Heaven


This Week in the kitchen

We have an apricot theme running with the recipes I found in the archives this week. Head down to the Market this weekend and stock up on the excellent variety of stonefruit available, and give some of these goodies a go!

Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Holy Cow NZ Nut Products Ettrick Gardens Willowbrook Orchard Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Waitaki Orchards

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Brioche French Toast with Grilled Apricots and a Honey and Thyme Syrup

Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Willowbrook Orchard Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Holy Cow Dunford Grove Bennie's Honey Blueskin Bay Honey Waitaki Orchards

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No.8 Distillery


WOW one more silver accolade for this unique Moka Gin for the World Gin Awards last weekend.  It's a huge achievement for our craft distillery and great recognition of the idea to use local by-products to create a premium gin. The No. 8 Distillery team will be up on the platform with our award winning spirits & liqueurs. 


Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op


Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday! Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 


Lapin Cherry

Staccato cherry

ORGANIC Sweetheart Cherry (Final week)

Plus our amazing BLUEBERRIES 

Stonefruit is ripe and ready ... yay



SPRAY-FREE Moorepark Apricots are available this week. LAST WEEK (Sorry, no seconds available)

Flat-peaches this week. YAY!


Feel free to mix the SAME PRICED products and get a delicious fruit mix. Remember, if you can't get to the market until later text your order, and we will pack and hold it for you...(pick up by 12:30 pm)

Thanks, Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op 


NZ Nuts

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NZ Nuts will be back this weekend with some new processed nut products available for the market: walnut butter - a soft, creamy spread to serve with breads or crackers; ground walnuts - a great gluten-free baking ingredient, or alternative to ground almonds, as well as roasted walnuts - the ideal Saturday afternoon snack.

We're not sure if we'll be back at the market again before harvest, so it's potentially your last chance to stock up on walnuts (in-shell or shelled) until April. 

You can also get your 2023 nuts at 2022 prices if you pre-order and pre-pay by the end of February. See Tim at the stall or email Valda on for a price list. See you Saturday! 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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


Boysenberries (Last week for fresh!)

Blueberry time! 

Beetroot: Round and Cylindra - all spray free

Fennel and broad beans spray free

New potatoes, spray-free & delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red and green cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Broccoli & cauliflower spray free  

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free: whole and shelled 

Frozen blackcurrents and other berries!

Most of our vegetables are spray-free! 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 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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GARDEN SORREL (Rumex acetosa)

Large, narrow, arrow shaped leaves with long succulent stems - a bright green, clump forming, hardy perennial.

Ideal summer salad addition and/or winter vege as if trimmed back in late summer its will produce leaves all winter. In spring, you once again trim back the flower stems for summer leaf harvest. 

The younger leaves have a distinctive lemony flavour, ideal for pesto, smoothies, salads and soups. Sorrel can be used, cooked, in place of spinach in many recipes, as well as adding the citrus tang to a dish to replace a lemon. Once used as a cure and preventative for scurvy due to its high vitamin C levels. Sorrel is also known to remove excess fluid from the body and also contains oxalic acid (which gives it the sour taste). WARNING: Limit quantities if suffering from rheumatism, gout, kidney issues or heartburn.

The juice of the leaves can be used to bleach rust, mould and ink stains from linen, wicker and silver! Garden Sorrel grows happily in moist soil in full sun - part shade. Top with organic based mulch once or twice a year (usually after trimming back the flower stems in spring & autumn). Kate


Dunford Grove Olive Oils

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I love the abundance of this valley, plant it, water it, and away we go! Nature is so good to us. Just as we get to the end of the raspberries, along comes blackberries and these packs of deliciousness.

I’ll be on the platform Saturday with more of Centrals’ bounty- nuts, muesli, Olive Oils and more!


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Celebrate 20 years of fabulous regional produce at the OTAGO FARMERS MARKET LONG LUNCH

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On Sunday 26 March 2023, join our single table under cover on New Zealand's longest rail platform and enjoy a specially created seasonal lunch showcasing the finest summer produce from Otago Farmers Market vendors. 

Start with a complimentary drink and enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and rotisserie Otago lamb prepared by Precinct Food. A cash bar will serve libations from Otago Farmers Market vendors; No8 Distillery, Judge Rock Wines, Dunedin Craft Distillery and Catlins True Brew.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honour 20 years of Otago Farmers Market by taking a few leisurely hours to celebrate the best of life; friends and whanau and locally harvested, seasonal produce cooked to perfection!

Tickets are essential and can be purchased from TryBooking here Booking is $135 per person + booking fees. This includes a welcome drink and a delicious, leisurely three course lunch. The booking system allows you to add dietary requirements and note who you may want to sit with.


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten). Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. 

Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant-based foods

This week we have these 3 new low-sugar jams, season obliged! If you would like to place an order, it is now a good time to do so as the deadline is coming soon: Sunday 5th of February 2023. Our last market will be the last Saturday of February. 

If you would like to place an order, it is now a good time to do so. Deadline is coming soon: Sunday 5th of February 2023.  


Dear Customers & friends, 

I am about to take a 6 months break (more or less) from the Otago farmer’s market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. My plan is to have my last market at the end of February. 

If you would like to stock up on some tempeh, I sell 10 packets of frozen or fresh tempeh for $70 with different mixes depending on my stock. Other products like low-sugar jam, herbs, kimchi vegan cheese, and all the fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, kimchi and seasonal fermented. Please request a list and prices of my products, email me at I will follow up your order which you will be able to collect from the market, my place in Ravensbourne or we could also arrange a delivery (free for a $30 minimum) in DunedinIt is essential you order them in advance and place your order ASAP (as I have a limited stock) and no later than Sunday 5th February 2023If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will be back, please follow me on Facebook @Marie’s plant based foods, and I will post some updates. I would like also to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved meeting you all on Saturdays for the past 3 years. Keep well.

Keep well, Sincerely. 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, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

 * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Green Split Lentil, buckwheat, and sunflower. 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: Strawberry ($6) OR Blackcurrent ($8)

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)  

1 mix : Plum & blackcurrant ($7) 

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, nectarine, plum

Mixed flavour $8: Pear & raspberry, or rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry, or  

Strawberry & blueberry, or Pear & gooseberry 


SPECIAL: Pear and gooseberry low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $9

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, or tomato and jalapeno 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 *Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’

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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.

Wishing you well!


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