This Week at the Market

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This Week at the Market

28th May 2020

Hi there

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What a market we had last Saturday. It  was wonderful having AJ the Piano Busker entertaining us, more vendors back in action and lots of smiling, happy customers.

This weekend is Queens Birthday so many of you might have visitors from out of town. Be sure to bring them down to the market so they can see why we are repeatedly voted the best market in the land!

Dolce Vita hit the ground running with the most gorgeous, visually appealing array of baked treats from around the world. Be sure to check them out to appreciate the artistry and care Olesia takes with her products. They are up on the platform.

It is garlic planting time folks! Anytime from now until the shortest day will suffice. There is nothing like new season’s garlic in summer. Wairuna  Oragnics has wonderful bulbs to split into cloves and plant. They will also give excellent tips for growing the biggest, juiciest  bulbs ever. Be sure to give it a go.

Way back before lock down we had the pleasure of visiting Jeff and Andrea Bruce from Caithness Farm.

The Bruce family have farmed this block of land in north Otago since 1937. The farm consists of 150 hectares of alluvial silts running to wonderfully fertile black soil which is perfect for growing a wide range of vegetables. Since 1937 the farm has grown potatoes, carrots and other vegetables almost continuously. With the ability to irrigate as required most crops will do well. There was a time they diversified into breeding alpacas and also ran dairy herds but these days they have streamlined operations.

Jeffrey and Andrea are the third generation to farm this block. They grow barley, wheat and dried peas as well as potatoes and carrots. Jeffrey is particularly handy with mechanical things and last year built a produce washing plant and shed from various bits of scrap he had sourced around the place. They sell to local supermarkets and are NZ Gap certified. Three of their five children work on the farm with them.

They produce particularly tasty vegetables as their market customers can attest to. They are continuing to increase the variety of what they are offering at the market. If you haven’t gone by and said hi be sure to. They are in the lower market between Matheson and Roberts and Havoc Pork. They are really lovely people who enjoy a bit of banter!

 

See you Saturday

Kate

General Manager

 

This Week in the kitchen

Dipping back into the archives for Queens Birthday Weekend, a few goodies for family & friends to share....

PEAR AND GINGERNUT TART

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Spiced Broccoflower fritters with dukkah, yoghurt dipping sauce

Produce from Oamaru Organics

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Valley Bluegrass will be a the Market this weekend....

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Catlins True Brew & Kitchen are Back!

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Toby & Debs from Catlins True Brew & Kitchen are back at the market this weekend with their freshly brewed eco beer crafted from Catlins rainwater using no gimmicks or shortcuts. This is supplemented with Deb's homemade snacks of freshly baked vegetable chips, cheese pastry straws & pate's all handmade from scratch.  We look forward to having them back up on the platform.  

 

Doubt Not Compost

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The boys from Doubt Not Compost here in Dunedin who manage our market recycling waste will be at the market on the weekend selling a few cuttings grown in the potting blend they make from local hospo waste.  Have a chat to them if you need ideas on your own composting system at home. The hard work they do for the market & for Dunedin is inspiring!

 

Janefield Paeony Tubers for Sale

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Locavore Boxes

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We are all very excited to be back in action at the Farmers Market, none more so than our vendors! But we understand that for some of you, it’s still a bit too soon to be venturing out. You’re still keen to support local growers and makers, and here’s a way you can do that:  

Locavore Boxes include produce from a number of Farmers Market growers and producers in their boxes: veg from Oamaru Organics, Janefield Hydroponics, Caithness Farm,  Wairuna Organics, bread from Gilbert’s, dairy produce from Holy Cow, Kombucha from Kapowai, eggs from Agreeable Nature, fruit and veg from Rosedale Orchard. They also source from other local producers not found at the market: BL Beekeeping (based on the Taieri), Roastery Door coffee from South Dunedin, Vern Paddock Produce from Mihiwaka.  That means you can still support your local growers, buying locally grown /produced food - with the added bonus of having it delivered to your door! Check their website - www.locavoreboxes.co.nz

 

Dolce Vita!

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Dolce Vita is a small world of baking and sweets on a mission to bring the best sweet things of the world to Dunedin.  You will find Olesia up on the platform.  Last weekend was her first market & she is already proving a hit!

Dolce Vita only works with high quality, natural products.  Olesia collects well-known recipes from around the world, studies their history and selects only the best.  Her goal is to make your life a little bit sweeter!  Italian cantucci biscuits, amaretti, delicate French madeleines, tarts and of course cakes and cupcakes and lots of other specialties.  She is happy to take requests. 

Olesia Ocheretiana, with over 10 years experience as a chef & originally from the Ukraine is on a mission to bring the best sweet things of the world to Dunedin, but the difference is her treats are not overly sweet to highlight the natural flavours.  She uses free-range eggs, local honeys, fruits and nuts grown right here in Otago along with local milk products.  Gluten-free options as well. 

 

Maries

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Specials this Week:

FERMENTED VEGETABLES

*Organic Sauerkraut with onion & garlic

*Organic Sauerkraut with just cabbage

*Organic Kimchi (mild, medium & hot)

*Cabbage, #carrot, #beeetroot, #radish, #new onion, basil & mustard seed

#Daikon, capsicum, # beetroot & garlic

NEW: *Cabbage, #fennel, pumpkin, corn, #turnip, #radish, onion, garlic, ginger & turmeric

          * organic   # spray free

ORGANIC FRESH TEMPEH: Mung Bean, Millet and Sunflower

Tempeh is full of protein, vitamin, mineral and lots of dietary fibre.

Because of his fermentation, it is an easy digestible food.

There is so many options you can cook and use it in:  Steam, deep fried, pan fried, in salad, kebabs, soup, stew, bolognese…… 

LOW SUGAR JAM

Rhubarb & Apple, Plum, Apricot, Gooseberry, Peach, Feijoa & Apple, Quince.

Marie’s fruit CHUTNEY $6 for a jar of 270gm.

 

La Crepe Saturday Special

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JAM OF THE DAY:  FEIJOA $6

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

APPLE & BLUEBERRY DELICACY $10.00

Butterscotch Sauce
Poached Apple & Blueberry
with confectioner’s Custard
Or with Whipped Cream 

SPECIALS SAVOURY CREPE:$10.00

ROASTED PUMPKIN & ONION WITH OR WITHOUT FETA (VEGAN-VEGETARIAN)

OR

FREE RANGE CHICKEN & VEGIES WITH A TANDOORI SAUCE

With Cheese or Hummus

And with Salad & Dressing OR Egg 

 

 

Dunford Grove Harvest

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Well, here they are, off to the press.  From the tree and through the mill within hours, perfect!

Did you know?

In Europe they love it, Olio Nuovo.  Straight from the press within hours!  If you're interested, talk to me at the Market and we'll bring down some bulk oil for 'fill your own' next week.

 

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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FRESH IN SEASON NOW

PURPLE, YELLOW AND ORANGE COLOURED CARROTS WILL BRIGHTEN UP ANY WINTER MEAL J

SPINACH, BROCCOLI, SILVERBEET, BRIGHTLIGHTS SILVERBEET, 4 VARIETIES BEETROOT, CARROTS, ONIONS, RED ONIONS, COLOURED CARROTS, GREEN AND RED CABBAGE, KALE AND CAVOLO NERO, LEEKS, CAPSICUMS, CHILLIES, SHALLOTS, BABY BEETROOT, BABY CARROTS AND GARLIC.

7 VARIETIES OF POTATOES.

5 VARIETIES OF PEARS.

12 VARIETIES OF CRISP & CRUNCHY APPLES.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.  

FROZEN BERRIES!!!!

RASPBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES & BOYSENBERRIES.

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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Greetings from Valda at NZ Nuts

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Greetings to you all and it is great to hear of the market up and open again.  I think it will be spring before I am able to get down.  We have had a great walnut harvest – coinciding exactly with COVID 19 lock down and only a skeleton team to help with harvest.  I still have nuts in the drying shed and to be bagged up ready for sale. At this stage I am thinking I will not be ready with shelled nuts and bagged nuts to be in the market before midwinter – when I will not want to be on the roads.  So, from a practical standpoint it is probably spring....... who knows I may sneak in a couple of markets before then!

My market friends will be sorry to hear that Otto has died – I managed a good visit on re-entry to Level 2 (end of lockdown) and he died peacefully later that evening.  He leaves a big legacy of innovation in frost fighting by water for the horticultural industry in Central Otago, in agricultural engineering in rice and sugar cane production in India and could well be held accountable for others who planted walnuts and tree crops!  Many thanks for the warm messages I have had from Market friends – Thank you.  Thanks to Otto’s walnut harvester and nut shelling equipment he has left the farm in a good position for me to carry on supplying you with nuts!  We do not underestimate the market as a critical partner in the establishment of our business and it is my intention to honour that loyalty by being in the Otago Farmers Market for the long term.  Thank you all!  See you in the spring – till then email orders nznut1@xtra.co.nz

 

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