This Week at the Market

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This Week at the Market

3rd October 2019

Hi there

1st October was World Vegetarian Day, and October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. To celebrate this we are profiling one of our long term vendors who has purely vegan food for sale and show casing vegetarian and vegan food all month in the market kitchen.

Miri Douglas came to New Zealand 17 years ago. She bought her business, Jacobs Dream, from the original owners who had been trading at the farmers market since 2004 but were keen to return to their home land. While her product range is small everything is made with love and special care and is part of her Middle Eastern heritage.

Miri is vegetarian herself and knows the difficulty of finding vegetarian food which is healthy and tasty. She is always happy to explain the benefits of having a vegetarian meal and what to look for in terms of nutritional needs. Jacob's Dream products are all made from scratch, based on natural ingredients. They have no added oil or sugar, and are high in Protein, Iron,  Fibre and Calcium as well as being Gluten-Free and Vegan. 

She developed her falafel mix with less salt and a little less spice so that it was more attractive to children. Getting a consistent falafel mix with the right degree of moisture that doesn’t crumble is a skill that everyone who has tried to make falafel from scratch can attest to!

Miri makes all of her products in a registered kitchen in south Dunedin. Everything is strictly vegan and gluten free, with sesame being the only possible allergen. She has three types of hummus available each week - original, extra garlic and the most popular one is the Aslee (extra Tahini Hummus). They all stand up to Middle Eastern standards by having more than 40% Tahini. Store brought Hummus has only 6% Tahini or less. The difference in the taste and nutritional value is outstanding.

She is highly conscious of maintaining a scrupulously hygienic process and avoiding any form of cross contamination. To this end she cannot reuse her plastic containers but is happy for customers to bring their own glass containers one week, she takes them away and sterilises them before filling with product, and bringing back to the customer the following week.

In summer her homemade lemonade really hits the spot with thirsty market attendees.

We could tell how proud Miri is for being able to provide food which is safe for most people. Having a vegan son with plenty of food allergies made her highly conscious about different dietary needs. Hearing from customers every single week how pleased and grateful they are to have her products makes all the hard work worthwhile. She loves her job!

Some of you have been enquiring as to when Selwyn Shanks was returning to the market with his sharpening service. Selwyn will have one more week at the market which will be next Saturday, 12th October. After that he will be  operating a drop off point and clinic within the city where we can all go to get knives, gardening tools, scissors etc sharpened. Dairy note: 12th October for his last time at the farmers market, bring your blunt objects but make sure you transport them responsibly.

Oh and if you've been hankering for strawberries but only want to eat local ones then be sure to get to the market early this Saturday. Janefield will have the first of the season!

See you Saturday


General Manager



This Week in the kitchen

Nickee from The Port Larder is back this week celebrating Vegetarian Month with tasty delights from the market using easy Middle Eastern inspired recipes.  She brings us spring entertaining ideas with her love of mezze style meals made for sharing that are also economical to make & all pretty much vegan as well. 


Falafel Bites with Tahini Dressing

Produce from

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Carrot, Mint, Parsley and Currant Salad

Produce from

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Turmeric Potatoes with Lemon, Chillies and Coriander

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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The Market Platter 5th October 2019

Produce from The Port Larder Dunford Grove

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Wild Dispensary's Top Tips

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Spring is well & truly here - the flowers and lambs tell us and sadly although we are on the other side of winter, the bugs are still around and immunity is still an area to concentrate on. This is what we are doing to try and stop the bugs getting us.

Immunity Tonic on repeat.  We LOVE this tonic. The kids in our lives have this every morning before school and preschool. In fact the big kids in the family have it before work too. Why? Well one – it’s tasty. Two - it is full of immune supporting herbs that help us get through this season. The main plant in our Immunity tonic is Elderberry. It is anti-viral, full of antioxidants and its use and benefits are backed up by science - you know if you need that for the sceptic in your family.

Probiotic Rich Foods.  A large part of your immune system resides in your gut so any sort of dysfunction can have a flow on effect to your immunity. Pre and probiotic rich foods are key to helping your gut and gut function. Prebiotics are what the bacteria live on (so think fibre - chia seeds, psyllium husks, insulin) and probiotics are the bacteria that populate your gut - you can buy probiotics from your local health store or pharmacy. But you can also incorporate foods that help your gut function and immunity - stuff like: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Kefir, Miso, and Yoghurt.  And Apple cider vinegar (like in our Switchel and Fire Cider)

Start incorporating small amounts into your daily diet - don’t go crazy and add in heaps - that will overwhelm your stomach and you will feel not so great.  So ¼ cup of Kombucha, etc. a day.

Wash Hands.  Oh so simple but SO effective. Get the kids to wash their hands before any food, when they blow their nose (pick their nose…) when they get home, etc. Proper hand washing to the tune of happy birthday (the full song) is the best way. No sanitiser required.

Zinc.  Zinc is amazing for healing skin stuff. Immunity stuff, hormonal stuff. So many of us are deficient in zinc, this can be from our soils being deficient in essential minerals as well as our diets, and also our stress levels. You can incorporate more zinc rich foods by eating:  Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed butter or mylk, chickpeas, lentils, red meat, seafood and  seeds.  Zinc powder can be a great thing to have in the cupboard for when you feel you are coming down with something - but always take zinc after food and never continuously take zinc. 

Sleep.  Sleep is the best thing ever. You need it to repair and recuperate from the day, so try and get to bed at a good time, with no distractions. Add a blue light filter to your phone for night use. Our Rest and Calm- nervine tonic is great for supporting better sleep too.

We hope you find these spring tips from our Naturopath and Medical Herbalist (aka Skye) useful for you and your family’s health.  Stay well and enjoy those sunny days to come.


Exciting News: First Local Strawberries of the Season This Weekend!!



See Rodger up on the platform at Janefield Hydroponics this Saturday to get your strawberries.  


Ettrick Gardens Specials

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Bunches of Beautiful Tulips.

Frill Lettuce, Silverbeet, Leeks, Coloured Carrots, Garlic, Parsnips, Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions, Kale, Brightlights Silverbeet, Artichokes, Spring Onions, Bunched Leeks, Yams. Potatoes, Beetroot, Elephant Garlic, Gourmet Carrots, Baby Beetroot, Walnuts. 

Check out our ‘bring your bag’ to ‘bag your own’ section.

Coloured Carrots, Beetroot and Washed Potatoes.

Crunchy Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Fuji & Pacific Rose, Braeburn, Sturmer, Granny Smith, Cox’s Orange, Pink Lady Apples,

Frozen Raspberries, Boysenberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Tayberries, Blueberries and Mixed Berries. 

Check out our range of reusable bags!!

Super Special’s this Week:

1.5 kg Washed Tiny Taties only $3

Cauliflowers Spray-free

Boysenberries free flow 1 kg $10. Great with yoghurt or ice cream, or stock up your Jam supply!! Delicious.

‘Anushka’ Potatoes:  A smooth yellow skin, yellow flesh potato. Great flavour, roasting, boiling, mashing, baking, in stews and salads.  A great all round potato.

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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Leckies Butchery Specials at the Market

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Cheerios $7.95kg

Pork Chops $15.95kg

Pork Fingers $15.95kg


La Crepe Special 5th October


Jam of the Day: Peach and Vanilla $6

New: Passion Fruit or Lemon Curd with Low Sugar Pistachio Meringue and Whipped Cream $8

Sweet Crepe: Apple & Blueberry Delicacy
Butterscotch Sauce, Poached Apple & Blueberries
with Confectioner’s Custard $10.50
or with Whipped Cream $10

Savoury Crepe:

Marinated Mushroom and Rocket Pesto (Vegan) OR

Free Range Chicken & Vegies with a Tandoori Sauce

with Cheese or Hummus

and with Salad & Dressing or Egg  $10.50


Dunford Grove

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Well, what a week last Saturday.  Very nice to find we have such a loyal following.  Bottling session this morning just to keep up with you all.  Remember, if you bring one of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil bottles back clean & dry, we'll refill for $5 off!

Did you know?  Pizza can be healthy?  Italian scientist Silvao Gallus was recently awarded the 2019 Ig Nobel Prize for his research into pizza.  His conclusions were that pizza made from Mediterranean Diet ingredients was protective for many chronic diseases influenced by diet.  Conditions such as digestive tract cancers and infarction or blockage of the blood supply to an organ.






-Pink Label: Red & green cabbage, fennel, cauliflower, onion, garlic, cumin & coriander seeds.


- Green Label: Broccoli, green cabbage, yams, ginger, garlic, mustard & coriander seeds.

Made by Marie with Oamaru Organics certified organic vegetables.



Making the News

It has been a big weeks for market folks to appear in the ODT.

Jamalia Edwards our delighted new chef now has a regular monthly fixture. Check it out here and Blueskin Bay Honey made a buzz with their new honey sachets for a taste of the good stuff on the move. Read here.

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