This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

3rd June 2023

Hi there

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I was lucky to join a few of us from the Otago Farmers Trust for the ‘A Taste of 4’ event at No.8 Distillery last week hosted with their friends Ronia & Pippi, Tartan Sari & Princes St Butcher.  It was wonderfully informative hospitality, gorgeous food & beverage pairings – and all very delicious!  Be sure to book a spot next time they do one of these.  The No.8 Distillery Ouzo, Absinthe Pork & Fennel Sausage from Princes St Butcher was a stand out for me – hopefully that becomes part of the regular line up at the Market!

Waewae Permaculture have their last weekend of the season this weekend till October, have a good winter Lian, Fiona & Arne, thanks for a great summer / autumn crop! Rodger at Janefield Hydroponic’s will be back next weekend.  If you are thinking of stewing plums for winter, then get yourself up to Earnscleugh Co Op (on the platform) for half price omega plums quick smart.  And check out Blue Mountain Butchery who will start stocking Avalon Genetics Organic Beef at the Market this week from the Avalon Farm in Tapanui.

Thanks to everyone who dropped off their spare shopping bags (not plastic bags) for our free bag library at the Market caravan last weekend, if anyone else is having a clear out feel free to drop to us & we will stockpile as needed.  If you have any material that could be sewn up for produce bags let me know or any volunteers who would like to spend an hour or two whipping some up on the sewing machine as we gear up for no plastic bags (apart from sealed plastic bags or reusables) from 1st July. 

It's the last few weeks for our Customer Survey.  Thank you to everyone who has participated so far.  As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors.  It helps us to know your thoughts, ideas & habits for the Market for any improvements we can make for the future. 

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 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.

Shop your way around Otago this Kings Birthday LONG weekend…. at the Market!  See you Saturday.

Vendor Spotlight – Bagelo’s

Evi Van Zyl brought the popular Hussey & Laredo caravan earlier in 2022 & renamed it Bagelo’s which specialise in filled bagels, coffee & now fresh doughnuts which Evi bakes with decadent fillings.  Her background as a pastry baker in Indonesia brings her love of baking in.  She also makes her own tempeh which is made the traditional Indonesian way with a peanut sauce all made from scratch.  Evi includes various Market vendors ingredients such as the Whitestone Cheese haloumi, Butler’s raspberry jam, home-made custard made from Holy Cow milk, Harbour Fish salmon and others for the fillings.  Coffee is from local roaster Vanguard Coffee with a selection of milk including Holy Cow’s jersey milk.

The most popular bagels are the Salmon and also the BLT, all served & prepared in their bright yellow classic caravan at the south end of the Railway platform from 8am Saturday mornings with the help of her husband Pieter.   There is a mug basket in front of their caravan & you are encouraged to use your own mugs if you wish.

Everyone is always greeted with her friendly smile & bubbly personality.  Evi enjoys the Market as everyone is so happy, she says.

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Evi Van Zyl at Bagelo’s

Insert Image:  A Taste of 4 Event at No.8 Distillery L-R.  Dave Gibson (Princes St Butcher), Danielle Culling (Tartan Sari), Julien Delavoie (No.8 Distillery), Michele Driscoll (Otago Farmers Market Manager), Anika Fletcher-Zirke (Ronia & Pippi), Sharyn Crawford (Otago Farmers Market Chair), Cherry Lucas (Otago Farmers Market Trustee).


This Week in the kitchen

Winter is here! This week I have found a fulfilling fish pasta accompanied by a seasonal carrot & beetroot cake – YUM! Jamie – Assistant Manager

Pasta with fish, fennel and chili

Produce from Oamaru Organics Harbour Fish Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Waewae Permaculture

View Recipe


Produce from Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Oamaru Organics Waewae Permaculture

View Recipe

Waewae Permaculture Last Weekend of the Season

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This will be our last market of the season!

We will return in spring, at the beginning of October.

Thanks for a great season, our biggest yet.

Have a great weekend! Fiona, Lian & Arne.

Regenerative & Diverse farming, local & Agri-chemical free. Organically grown (non-certified-talk to us!)


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for our RED VAN on the PLATFORM. FREE TASTINGS - TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING - 100% paper packaging (no plastic)

All fruit PACKED ON THE DAY, so super fresh. Straight from the cool store to you. 

At the market this Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Lady in Red *NEW*, Braeburn Apple, Fuji Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple, Koru Apple

SPRAY FREE: Asian Quince (almost all done), English Quince, Golden Delicious Apples, Walnuts 

PLUMS: *SPECIAL * SPECIAL * SPECIAL * Omega plum (stewing grade) HALF PRICE

Fantastic stewing and they freeze delicious in muffins, crumble, jam and much more.  

Torwick plum ... final weeks 

Angelino plum ... final weeks

APPLES: Nancy Fizz Apple, Granny Smith

PLUS: Nashi Yellow (Final weeks)

PEARS: Beurre Bosc, Packham, Winter Nelis, Taylor's Gold 

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


Tartan Sari

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Hello Picklelovers, I have a lovely new chutney for you to try - Spicy Feijoa! It is sweet and fragrant with a hint of spice and is wonderful with cheese. Come and have a try this Saturday…unless you loathe Feijoas in which case you might prefer the Spicy Apricot Chutney instead!

A request for jars please - I am running quite low and would appreciate it if you can bring back any Tartan Sari jars you have, and of course if you purchase a new jar you will get $1 off, bonus!  Danielle 


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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


Green and Red Cabbage Spray Free ‘ONLY $3.50 each’

Frost sweetened parsnips

Lots of super sweet pumpkin – Grey & green varieties spray free

Jerusalem Artichokes – spray free

Broccoli, Cauliflower, large Leeks, Daikon & Spinach - all spray free

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

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

CAPSICUMS are nearing the end – get them in the freezer for your winter needs!

Celery & Parsley - spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Red Fantasy - spray free and delicious 

Washed Tiny Taties – many varieties!

Cavolo Nero & Kale – Spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

APPLES – 14 varieties! Pacific Rose, Fuji, Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty, Pacific Queen, Cox Orange apples, Pink Lady and Sturmer

Quince, Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nelis and taylors gold pears

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

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APPLE (Malus domestica)

You may not think it but apples are actually classed as 'herbal trees' as they belong to the Rosaceae (rose) family.  Apples have been around for thousands of years and are well documented in history and fairy tales with possibly the oldest tale regarding apples being the forbidden apple that Eve ate!

While it is the fruit that is consumed the wood of the apple tree was once the traditional material used to craft magic wands (in the UK anyway) and folklore states that the national animal of Scotland - the unicorn - is said to be often found resting under apple trees!

The old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" does have some truth behind it as apples are full of the Vitamins A, B’s, C, E and K as well as being high in potassium along with containing calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and fluoride.

Apples are classed as anti-inflammatory, nutritious, antidiarrhoeal and soothing and as such cooked apple is often served to invalids and is one of the first food options for babies.

Apples also contain pectin which has been scientifically proven to bind excess cholesterol and bile salts which in turn reduces blood cholesterol and also reduces the risk of hardening of the arteries and gallstones! This is possibly how the tradition of why people eat apple with pork began, as the apple helps digest the high fat content of pork which in turn reduces the occurrences of indigestion - the fact that it tastes good is probably why this food pairing has endured. 

Apples can be consumed raw, cooked, juiced, dried or as a hot tea.

There is just about an apple variety for every garden with dwarf types suitable for pots right up to the larger growing commercial ones that you can train/prune to make harvest easier.  

Apples grow best in full sun, (for fruit production) shelter from strong winds, in organically rich soils with adequate water through summer - remember to water well when in containers. Deciduous.

Check out our range of APPLE JELLIES at the OFM - just apple; feijoa; blueberry; wild haw; lemon & thyme; mint; sage and chilli! 

All varieties are made from spray-free apples 🍎 Cheers, Kate


Come work with us!

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We have a part-time role coming up for a fabulous all-rounder. Must have attention to detail, accounting & admin experience, a real people-person who can calmly juggle between an office environment & the realities of a busy Market day, never a dull moment! Permanent long term. Please apply via SEEK. Assistant Manager / Market Administrator.  Come by the caravan & have a chat with Michele if you want to know more.  Apply now:


Farmers’ Markets New Zealand Conference

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The Farmers’ Market New Zealand executive invite you to attend the annual conference to be held in Wellington this July. A great opportunity to network, learn from experts and hear the latest from NZ and overseas.

If you are interested, click the link below for further details and registration:


We want to know what YOU think!

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As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

Complete our Customer Survey here: Otago Farmers Market Customer Survey 2023 (


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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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from registered Disability Assist Dogs.

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

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