This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

29th April 2023

Hi there

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Looks like some of you over Central Otago way saw the first dusting of snow up in the hills this week as another month almost rolls over.  Nice to see the students back in town, although I guess many will be at the Hyde St Party this weekend otherwise it's looking to be a lovely sunny day at the Market on Saturday!  It's the final of the season for Terracotta Plants up on the platform, be sure to check out their house plants ready for winter.  Kakanui Produce won’t now be back till next season, their season was shortened slightly this year as it's been a cooler autumn so far.  There is still time to get your winter vege seedlings in the garden - I planted my organic perpetual spinach plants from Waikouaiti Gardens on Anzac Day (they will also accept the empty containers back to reuse).   Janefield’s will be back NEXT weekend.  The Queen Anne apples at Willowbrook are good eating at the moment along with lots of other varieties at Earnscleugh Co op, Rosedale Orchard and Ettrick Gardens & I'm enjoying the sweet mild chillies from Waewae Permaculture on my meals currently.  There is a great supply of winter vege coming through around the Market and as always plenty to see, buy & try.  We have musicians like Maplewood String Band, Jock & Mitch, and more to entertain us while you grab a coffee & a bite to eat in the sunshine.  Be sure to check out the new exciting peanut butter flavours up at Ginger Fox Foods on the platform - Adam makes his range right here in Dunedin.

Many of you will have already met our new assistant manager Jamie (see insert photo) meanwhile Isabella is still doing the occasional Market shift but is concentrating on her final year at Uni this year. 

We are also a finalist in the Farmers Market of the Year Organic NZ Awards 23 amongst some good company.  Vote for us below or check out our post on Facebook if you think the Otago Farmers Market is the most popular farmers’ market in Aotearoa!

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 Permaculture (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, Ginger Fox Foods Peanut Butter, 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 the ORDER NOW button on our website or in the vendor profiles.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.  And remember your containers, produce bags, berry punnets, plant pottles, jars, bottles, keep cup, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.  Remember to try to return the correct packaging to those that you brought off if you remember (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors).  And borrow a keep cup from our cup library or coffee / chai / hot choc vendors.  If you want to BORROW A PLATE or CUTLERY for ready to eats just swing by the caravan for a clean one (& return back there for cleaning later), we also have bags you can borrow for produce or shopping too if you forget. 

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask.

Just a reminder that ALL our Market vendors are open officially at 8am, (we know that some are ready & open earlier), but there will be plenty for all if you are there from 8am.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Oamaru Organics

Insert Image:  Jamie-Lee Coffey


This Week in the kitchen

In the kitchen this week the humble cauliflower turns this pasta dish into a delicious surprise and let’s bring back the household staple of homemade jam. Yum!  Jamie - Assistant Manager


Produce from Hazelnut Estate Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Waewae Permaculture

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Produce from Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard

View Recipe

Ginger Fox Foods - New Additions to the Range

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TROPICAL joins CHUNKY as a sweeter peanut butter. As with all the flavours, premium hi oleic, red skin peanuts and extra virgin olive oil make the base paste.  From there onward dried CURRANTS and COCONUT make a formidable sparring partnership stacked to the rafters with minerals, vitamins and nutrients.

CURRANTS are packed with polyphenol nutrients, vital minerals and antioxidants for many bodily functions. Experts have touted the wonders of COCONUT time over; from regulating good cholesterol, improving skin and hair and researchers also make claims to antimicrobial properties.

This is all splendid news for this naturally sweet belter of a peanut butter!


GOODBYE SMOOTH hello TURMERIC SMOOTHIE. We couldn’t leave the recipe alone, it couldn’t simply be just smooth, we had to add something nourishing, enter TURMERIC! This powerful plant root is touted for its nourishing impact and permeates subtle yet warming flavours.

TURMERIC has an ancient storied history of doing wonders for the body and mind and used in so many ways. An ingredient in our SMOOTHIE is another simple way to bring a hint of NUTRIENT power and EARTHY and WARMING flavours to your palate.  Porridge, toast, sandwich, cooking or baking; where will TURMERIC SMOOTHIE appear in your food?

Another unique peanut butter from Ginger Fox Foods; join us and the momentum to bring more nutrients to your table.


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. 

We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. Try before you buy. Note we are 100% paper packaging (Nothing in Plastic). 

Plus, everything is packed at the market ON THE DAY, so super fresh. 

Where are we you ask? Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform under the roof.

At the market this Saturday:


Braeburn Apple, Fugi Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple 

SPRAY FREE:  Asian Quince, English Quince, Walnuts 

Wine Grapes... YUM YUM YUM, Muscat (Final week), Pinot Noir (Final week)

PLUMS:  Omega plum, Torwick plum, Angelino plum, "Watermelon high" trial plum (hopefully)

APPLES:  Nancy Fizz Apple, Granny Smith Apple

PLUS:  Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

PEARS: Beurre Bosc, Du Comice (DDC) "Ice Cream" Pear, Packham, Winter Nellis, Concord

Plus, we have Amazing HONEY: Thyme Honey, Runny Clover Honey, Comb Honey, Manuka Honey


PRE-ORDER your fruit so you don't miss out just Text 021 455341 by Friday 10am to order any fruit. We will pack and hold for you. Please collect by noon.

Feel free to MIX the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit selection at the market. Plus remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit before you buy it.

Thanks Rob, Sher and family. 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Frost sweetened parsnips

Lots of spray free pumpkins - Grey, green & butternut varieties

Leeks, spinach Green and Red Cabbage - all spray free

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

Beetroot - Round, Cylindra, Gold, and Candy – all spray free

Jalapeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies, and capsicums are IN SEASON now!

Celery & Parsley - spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria, Red Fantasy & Heather potatoes - spray free and delicious 

Washed Tiny Taties – Many varieties

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

Pacific Rose, Fuji, Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Red & Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty and Cox Orange apples

Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nellis and taylors gold pears and spray free torwick plums

Walnuts spray free and shelled

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 Roxburgh - Ettrick Highway, 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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COWSLIP (Primula veris)

Bright yellow flowers from mid-winter indicating spring is on the way. Cowslip has a unique 'milky' scent a bit like that of a cow’s breath or that of a new baby.

Strong stems support multiple bright yellow flowers held above a rosette of blue-green crinkled leaves. The bright yellow flowers can be used for jams, wine or pickles - as well as for sucking the sweet nectar from!!!  Leaves can be used in salads or for meat stuffings. 

Flowers can be soaked in distilled water to make a lotion to help spots and wrinkles. 

Whereas both the flowers and roots can be dried and added to potpourri (roots powdered).

Frost hardy.  Semi-shade to sun in limy soils.

Perennial.  Ht. 20cm.  Cheers, Kate


No.8 Distillery Limoncello 2022 Vintage Edition


No.8 Limoncello "A Family recipe since 1996" -  20% Alc/Vol

The sweet citrus of lemons is softened into a wide body of taste through the two varietals zested to make this delightfully warming libation. Pairs well with the East Imperial Yuzu Tonic/lemonade/ginger beer or neat on ice.  

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks, Julien.


Who Ate All the Pies?


Back by popular demand and of course the new season …..

“Steak & Bluff Oyster” Pies $8.00 each or 3 for $21.00.

We expect to have these in stock on a first come first serve basis.

Best wishes Steven & Team


Organic NZ Farmers Market of the Year - Have You Voted Yet?

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Voting is open now! Otago Farmers Market is a finalist.  Last days to vote.

This award recognises the most popular farmers’ market in Aotearoa! Local food systems and community food security are really important to us.

Farmers’ markets aren’t 100% organic but are a big part of community food systems and often have a good amount of organic produce available.

Your chance to win 1 of 3 annual subscriptions to Organic NZ Magazine when voting for your favourites: 

Hit the link here, it's quick & easy to vote.  Organic NZ Farmers' Market of the Year - Organic NZ

Here's what our nominators said: “It has a very diverse and large number of stall holders who all have to meet quite strict criteria. This ensures it truly is a place where we can shop locally. The organisation sends out a weekly newsletter with the latest news and where vendors can say what produce they will have. The market has a very strong emphasis on waste minimisation. There is a cup library and many vendors encourage recycling of containers, pots and use paper bags. There is also a Kiwi Harvest Pay it Forward crate. Oh and buskers!”

Thank you!


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’

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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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