This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

3rd December 2022

Hi there


It’s summer! The Mosgiel Brass Band are back with Christmas carols this weekend.  Simon from Rosedale Orchard is planning on being back this weekend with the first of the new season cherries.  And John & Pete from Willowbrook Orchard will have freshly picked cherries for you too.  Central Otago is all go now!  And great to see sweet strawberries coming through from Caithness Farm (& get in quick for the $3kg brown onions I see they had last weekend), Ettrick Garden and Janefield's.  So.... tis the season already! 

The re/upcycled bags & keep-cups giveaway last weekend was a great success with Pat Johnston, and friends helping.  Pat had close to 200 bags she had sewn to giveaway, they proved popular with many of you & our cruise ship customers. Remember to bring yours this week.

Altrusa Taieri are at the community stall this weekend.  I had the pleasure of chatting to one of the members on a flight home recently and learnt about all the really practical ways they help people in our community with foster care packs, Tamariki Togs & Towels, care packs for many sectors in need, etc - quite inspiring what they do.

We have a NEW vendor.  Isser, Saber & Mudassur bring you Silk Rd Food & Catering with a different selection of dishes from the ancient Silk Rd (China to Central Asia) each week with authentic flavours using local ingredients.  You will find them up beside Mike at Bacon Buttie.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. Remember your keep cup / mug (if you forget, check with your beverage vendor if they have spares to borrow to save on a single use throw out cups – which are just not cool!), we will keep supplying them with cups where needed, it’s up to us all to make use of this.  And remember your containers, produce bags, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.

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

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. 

Our Christmas Market lands on Saturday 24th December this year and will be an early 6:30am – 11am one, we can operate like the old pre covid days & lock off gates till opening this year - which always creates a frenzied rush of shoppers for Christmas day supplies & customers wanting coffee & brunch. The following Market is then New Year’s Eve morning Saturday 31st December – there are no extra markets over the festive period, just all the usual Saturdays so nice & straight forward.  Come by the Market caravan for gift inspiration - we have Market gift vouchers, Market tea towels, Market beeswax wraps & cards and Market bags from as little as $7 (cash or pay with banking online while there).  Many of our vendors will have gift suggestions and vouchers and are taking Christmas orders NOW.  You can always find their contact details directly on our website to get in touch with them.

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

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!   And thank you as always for supporting local.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Willowbrook Orchard

Insert Image:  Pat Johnston & friends with re/upcycled bag giveaway last weekend



This Week in the kitchen

As it gets closer to Christmas chocolate treats become a staple in the flat. The recipes from the archives are summer must haves! Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Waewae Permaculture Dunford Grove Stonehurst Gourmet Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe


Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs GUD Coffee Hazelnut Estate

View Recipe

Willowbrook Orchard Cherries are Here!

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🍒🌞Summer has arrived and the first of the cherries have been picked at Willowbrook Orchard ~ Make sure that you don't miss out on your first taste of summer fruit at the Market on Saturday. John and Pete will be there happy to show you some of their freshly picked cherries 🍒
Sweet and tasty apples are available too 🍎Enjoy! 🌞


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Strawberry Time

Beautiful Paeonies😊 

New Potatoes spray-free

Peas in the Pod

Radishes spray-free

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Bunches of spring carrots 😊

Walnuts spray-free, Whole and Shelled 

Royal Gala and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Potatoes: Red Fantasy - A tasty general-purpose potato. Boil, Mash, Roast, Salad, or Chip.

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries, boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants.


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. 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Dunedin Craft Distillers

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We will be back at the market this Saturday and have a taste of Christmas in a gin for your to try. We will also have our usual Dunedin Dry and Bay Gins, Cacao Vodka and Naked Spirit. If you are looking for a Christmas present or stocking filler, our 250mil bottles are perfect, not only are they pretty, but are filled with delicious spirit.

We look forward to seeing you on the platform.  Sue and Jenny


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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BORAGE (Borago Officinalis)

Also known as 'Star Flower' due to the shape of the beautiful blue flowers that adorn this hardy annual during summer. Borge has been around for centuries, beloved by all era's and is often found embroidered on fine medieval tapestries.

The flowers can be eaten in salads, frozen in ice cubes for drinks, or crystalized for dessert/cake decorations. Young leaves have a cucumber-like flavour and a cooling effect. Leaves can be eaten raw usually finely chopped in salads, with pickles, soft cheeses, or yoghurts - it can also be cooked like spinach (or with spinach).

When planted near strawberries borage helps to stimulate growth - and attract bees! Medically a poultice of leaves can soothe inflammation and bruises. An infusion of borage leaves can help stress levels by providing restorative relief to the adrenal glands - due to the high content of calcium, potassium and mineral salts scientific research backs this concept. Borage was thought to help one gain courage - often given to soldiers before battle served in wine, however, one is not sure if in these cases how much 'courage' came from the borage versus the wine.

If burnt borage leaves can emit sparks and slight explosive sounds like minor fireworks due to the high nitrate of potash they contain!  Kate


No.8 Distillery


The No. 8 Distillery team will be up on the platform with our award winning little Ouzo. They will also have a range of other liquors including a fresh batch of Limoncello, Peach liqueur, Pineapple Rum and the world's best contemporary Horopito Gin & so much more! I will have plenty of samples available this Saturday.  Julien


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten) 

Alice has been away for the last 2 weeks, so we are excited to see her back! We have a new gourmet low-sugar jam: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry – 310g for $8.

This week you can also have it in our pancake sandwiches.  See you at the market.  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 MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g

-NEW KIMCHI *Chinese & *green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, - mild, medium, or hot is available - $16 for 380g

Almost finished #Carrots, #beetroot, #celery, ginger, turmeric & horopito - $15 for 360g

NEW #Daikon, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

                                  * organic #spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Millet, adzuki beans, & pumpkin seeds

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 jar for $6: Strawberry, quince 1 mix: Gooseberry, pear and banana.  

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 

1 mix: Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7

310g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, plum, apricot, feijoa, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry

1 mix: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry

1 mix: Rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry 


SPECIAL: Rhubarb, Nectarine, & Raspberry low sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $8.50  

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 sauce, or tomato and olive 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


NZ Nuts

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NZ Nuts thanks you for your custom this year and wishes the Otago Farmers Market staff and customers a very Merry Christmas.

I apologize that Tim is unable to get down for a pre-Christmas market - however I remind you that when we are unable to be in the market we courier direct to Otago Farmers Market customer's home (no freight costs)... and some of our customers have already placed their Christmas orders.  Due to the heavy demand on courier companies at this time of the year I would appreciate if orders were placed in the next week.  Email orders to Valda at


Community Stall - Altrusa Taieri


Altrusa Taieri, a women’s service club is selling jars of cookie mixes on Saturday. They are raising funds for The Wellness Gym reopening after Covid in Dunedin.

Oat biscuits with cranberries and chocolate and gingerbread Xmas biscuits complete with cutter.  Jars are $15 each.

Also:  Christmas themed, upcycled shoppers (shopping totes) will be available at $10 each (or 2 for$15).

Altrusa is an international non-profit community service organisation that was formed in the USA over 100 years ago by business women for friendship wanting to make a difference in their communities, especially to improve literacy.

NZ area was introduced in 1960’s, and now has 19 clubs and around 400 members throughout NZ.

Members come together from varying occupations and lifestyles, all sharing an interest in community service and enjoying the friendship, fun and satisfaction from working together for the benefit of others.

The term ALTRUSA stands for Amity, Loyalty, Talent, Reciprocity, Unity, Service & Achievement.

Altrusa Club of Taieri was formed in 1985, and presently has 24 members.

During the last year we have supported many community projects and organisations including “Tamariki Togs & Towels” (providing swim wear kits to schools for those less fortunate), “Books for Babies” (kit with book & knitted wool garment for all local babies born) , Cancer Society (assisting collection Daffodil Day, cheese roll making, lavender bags & a Pink Ribbon afternoon tea), providing supplies & assisting with sorting at Foster Hope, Night Shelter, Plunket, Days for Girls (sewing supplies), Special Rigs for Special Kids (assisting for food), Life Matters (supper at their conference), Anglican Family Care, Women’s Refuge, Food Bank, Cargill Enterprises (providing morning tea for 70+) , Pregnancy Help, Halo Project (tree planting). Funds have been raised through Fairs, Stalls & a Women’s Health Seminar (for Ovarian Cancer).


Earnscleugh Orchard

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Hi all, we are excited to let you know we are back at the Otago Farmers Market Saturday 10th of December.  

We will bring new-season cherries and hopefully early apricots, depending on how sunny Alexandra is in the next few weeks.

Come and see us back up on the platform. Look out for the big RED VAN.

If you want to order anything to pop aside and collect please text me on 021 455341 or email me at 

We are looking forward to seeing you all and catching up. Earnscleugh Orchards CoOp.


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’


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.


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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

No Fliers / Pamphlets to be distributed at the Market please.

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