Finding real value and authenticity

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Finding real value and authenticity

3rd May 2018

Hi there


I am currently cleaning my house, and as I go through everything I own I'm asking myself if it brings me any happiness or joy. If the answer is no it goes, I'm finding myself left with a lot less but happier for it.

I find this similar to how I shop for food at the Market, everything that I get from the market has that little bit of extra joy, value, a story and it builds a relationship between yourself and the Otago Farmers Market community. It continues to when you go home and show the family what you have grabbed, or that night when you get to try out the recipe you tasted in the kitchen, it all seems a bit more special.

Kate has run away to the equator on a holiday to recuperate from a busy harvest, but we will try and not be too jealous as the mornings get colder and enjoy a wonderful market this Saturday!





This Week in the kitchen

Kate is back in the kitchen and this week she has whipped up one fine looking pie for us all to try and maybe make ourselves.

Its a perfect time of year to get out the pie dish and Pork, cider and leek pie is a perfect idea, especially if you were on to it the other week and have some of your own cider from the harvest celebration!

Pork, cider and leek pie

Produce from Havoc Farm Pork

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Parsnip, lentil and walnut salad

Produce from

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Fennel and plum salad with orange and ginger dressing

Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Ettrick Gardens

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Apple cake with apple chips & salted caramel sauce

Produce from Holy Cow Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Ettrick Gardens Willowbrook Orchard Rosedale Orchard

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Dunford Grove

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Well harvest is well under way and just like the grapes in the district about five weeks early, thanks to an amazing summer!  The fruit looks great and our old yield is the best we've ever had. The Frantoio needs a few more days in the sun so they'll be next weeks project.

Did you know?

Before we can affix the New Zealand Olive mark to our Extra Virgin Olive Oil we must test and meet prescribed chemical and sensory criteria.  Interestingly the New Zealand standards are higher than those set by the International Olive Council!

This week; Peroxide Value: This is primarily a measure of rancidity.  P.V. is affected by procedures used in processing and storing the oil.  Unsaturated free fatty acids react with oxygen to form peroxides, which is why we "gas off" our oil with food grade nitrogen.  By filling the air space at the top of the container with nitrogen we successfully eliminate oxygen in the storage vessels and the same when we bottle the oil.   Remember, only ever buy your EVOO in dark bottles and store it away from light.

Internationally the level is set at less than 20 mEq (milligram equivalents per kilogram of oil) and the New Zealand standard is less the 15 mEq.  Our oil consistently tests at less than 8 mEq.


Ettrick Gardens

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New This Week

Green Alverada Cauliflower

“Fresh This Week”

Plums, Pumpkins,  Honey & Pearl Sweetcorn, 14 Varieties Of Apples & 5 Pear Varieties, Royal Gala, Aztec, Pacific Rose, Huaguan, Cox’s Orange & Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Ballerat Cooking Apples, Eve, Braeburn, Granny Smith, & Red Delicious, Pacific Queen & Sturmer Apples.

Please Note, We Do Not Export, So We Use Less Sprays J

Doyenne Du Comice, Winter Nelis, Beurre Bosc, Taylors Gold & Quince Pears. Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather & Highlander Potatoes, Fennel, Fresh Bunched Baby Carrots, Kale, Cavolo Nero, Silverbeet, Gold Beetroot, Daikon, Savoy Cabbage, Leeks, Pumpkin, & Beetroot, Broccoli, Coloured Carrots, Cauliflowers, Carrots, Pumpkin, Kumi Kumi, Onions, Parsley, Coloured Peppers & Chillies Jerusalem Artichokes, Gourmet Washed Potatoes

Super Special’s This Week

Potatoes 5kg @ $8, Cabbage, Drum Or Savoy Only $2 Each, Honey & Pearl Sweetcorn  “15 @ $12”

Please Recycle “Our” Pottles And Punnets Each Week.

There Will Be A Crate Under The Apple Table To Put Them In. Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags. Thank You. “Love Our Planet”

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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Holy Cow


This week at the market we will have a small supply of homemade Ghee. Ghee is prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream, skimming any impurities from the surface, and then pouring and retaining the clear, still liquid fat. Ghee is fantastic for cooking with. It has a high smoke point, but a lovely butter flavour. It is especially suited for curries and other winter warmers. It is also said to have powerful health benefits. Ghee is $22/500ml + bottle deposit. 

Butter is also back this week, with a slight price increase to $8/small (approx 250gm) and $15/large (approx 500gm). While we appreciate that a price increase is unpleasant, it is a genuine reflection of our increasing costs; and we cherish the support we get from our customers, you are all wonderful! 

Warm regards, 

Tess, Tupten & Sam at Holy Cow


Botanical Kitchen


We are back at the market this week and will have a selection of gift boxes ready for mothers day, check them out on to pre-order and pick up at the market Saturday. We have also been selling out of vegan butter early most weeks so feel free to pre-order those too email and I will keep them aside for you. Along with gift boxes and butters we will have the usual teas, tonics, potions and elixirs with a few other vegan treats.

See you Saturday!

P xx


NZ Nuts


Valda is post harvest exhausted and has decided that it is not wise to travel this weekend – apologies to all customers but aim to see you the following Saturday with in shell and shelled nuts.

Have a good week



La Crepe

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Jam Of The Day :  Quince & Apricot $5.50

Sweet Crepe: Apple & Feijoa Dream, Feijoa Jam,  Poached Apple & Poached Organic Feijoa With Confectioner’s Custard $10 Or With Whipped Cream $9.50

Savoury Crepe : Roasted Pumpkin & Onion With Or Without   Feta (Vegan-Vegetarian) Or  Congre Eel Fish, Vegetable, Coconut Cream , Cardamon & Vanilla Or Traditional French Lamb Stew With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


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