This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

4th February 2023

Hi there

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Thinking of our many loyal Auckland customers and the growers, vendors & fellow farmers’ markets up North affected by the floods this week.  And of course, many of us have loved ones surrounded by the flood chaos up there (& some local now too).  I hope everyone is managing to stay safe, well and that things dry out soon at least.

We welcomed new vendor Adam from Ginger Fox Foods last weekend.  He has created an innovative range of peanut butter made right here in Dunedin, which packs in loads of flavour & nutrients.  So far, I have tried the Chunky Cinnamon Banana, and also the Crispy Buckwheat – both are delicious, I look forward to trying Ginger Lumpy Nuts next!  Adam is up on the platform between the lovely folk at Ronia & Pippi, No 8 Distillery & Tartan Sari. 

I enjoyed Oamaru Organic’s freshly dug organic agria spuds simply boiled this week, very creamy, sometimes it’s the absolute simple old school staples off the land (and good soil!) that taste so good! We are extremely lucky to have access to great produce (& very reasonably priced) from all our growers at the Market.  Grab some flat peaches for the school lunchboxes from Earnscleugh Co-op Orchards & I see they have greengages appearing this week. Brendon will be back on the platform with delicious ripe figs.

We are lucky to have access to fresh free-range eggs at the Market.  Agreeable Nature stay loyal to their Market customers making sure we get a great supply each weekend for which we are very thankful especially when you see supermarket shelves often empty of eggs & at crazy prices. An egg a day makes life good (I am glad I made the switch some time back from 2 to 1!).

We wish Ash at GUD Coffee all the best for her back op this week.  So we have Classic Coffee with both of their coffee carts & team at the Market this weekend (usual spot & the other in the GUD Coffee corner) for all your caffeine needs. 

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 (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, 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

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, 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.  We thank you for your loyal support!

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask and stay safe on the roads if you are travelling.  Enjoy this summer hit we have here right now, even the beach water is warm!

Shop your way around Otago this long Waitangi weekend…. at the Market!  See you Saturday. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Ettrick Gardens

Insert Image:  Adam at Ginger Fox Foods


This Week in the kitchen

We have had a couple of Dunner Stunners this week, and with that come more BBQ's and salads! These dishes that I have found in the archives are perfect quick fix, fresh meals!  Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Dunford Grove Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Ettrick Gardens Kakanui Produce Waikouaiti Gardens

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Fennel & chickpea stew with poached eggs

Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Dunford Grove Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Brightside Microgreens Waikouaiti Gardens Kakanui Produce

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Tartan Sari

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Hello Pickle Lovers

I hope you have been having a great start to the New Year. I have been busy making heaps and heaps of Zucchini Pickles. We have completely run out of Tomato but hoping to be stocking up on that soon, I’m struggling without my favourite condiment and I’m sure you are too!

We will be away next weekend (11th Feb), so make sure to stock up on your favourites this week - chutney, seed crackers, spicy nuts and seeds and of course our pickles and curry pastes. 

Come and have a try of my Apricot Pickle experiment, I eagerly await your feedback!  Danielle


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

FRESH Strawberries!

Blueberry time! 

Beetroot: round and cylindra - all spray free

Tomatoes - cherry, gourmet, table, all soil grown 

Also, chillies & capsicums are IN SEASON now

Fennel and parsley spray free

New potatoes, spray-free & delicious 

Spray-free courgettes & zucchini

Red and green cabbage spray free

Cavolo Nero and kale spray free

Walnuts spray-free: whole and shelled 

Frozen blackcurrants and other berries!

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, state highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


Wild Dispensary

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We’re back in the swing of being at the Market every Saturday morning to chat about herbs and natural health with you all.

Did you know we now have our own premise in ‘No Name Lane’ off the corner of Princes Street and Police street (alongside our ex-Otago Farmers Market friends – Steamer Basin). We'd love to see you! Our Cellar Door is open Monday to Friday, and we're usually here from 9-3.

Find us in the Bond Quarter, down the alleyway off Police St.

Swing by to chat with any of us about the range, or if it's specific medical advice you're after, then our Medical herbalist Skye is here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! If you're not in Ōtepoti then you can always email!

You can Click & Collect from us, and we've got our full range available to buy in-store too! With Eftpos, because we'd all be lost without it.

We'd love to say hello! ❤️



Earnscleugh Orchards Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday! Look for the BIG RED VAN up on the platform. 

TRY before you BUY. We have FREE TASTING of all of our fruit. 


Lapin Cherry

Staccato cherry

ORGANIC Sweetheart Cherry (Last two crates)

Plus our amazing BLUEBERRIES 

Stonefruit is ripe and ready ... yay




* Vulcan

* Mooreparks daughter (Cross)

Flat peaches 


Plus JAM APRICOTS (half price). It's best to order, these sell fast. Text 021 455341 by Friday lunchtime to order.

Feel free to mix the SAME PRICED products and get a delicious fruit mix. Remember, if you can't get to the market until later text your order, and we will pack and hold it for you...(pick it up by 12:30 pm)

Thanks from Rob, Sher, and family. 


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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CLOVE PINK (Dianthus caryophyllus)

A bushy clump of greyish-green foliage topped with either pink, red, scarlet or white clove-scented flowers - excellent for bedding or in pots.

Flowers can be added as edible decorations to salads, soups and sauces both fresh (white pith removed) or crystallized. The flowers were once used to make flavour beverages, especially wines and ales, as well as make savoury vinegar. Clove pink vinegar can also be inhaled to ease headaches and used as a massage oil for sore muscles. Flowers can be dried and added to potpourri for scent and colour. Likes full sun in rich, well-drained soils. Hardy perennial. Ht: up to 60cm.

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Dunford Grove

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What’s the saying “Mad dogs and olive growers.........”? 

Well, it’s 30+ degrees and someone wants a glass house! Good thing I played with Meccano as a kid because this three-dimensional jigsaw is a bit of a challenge. See you on the Platform this Saturday, I’ll need to be away at about eleven, so please come early.

Did you know?  We’ve had another excellent year for oil sales so it’s a big thank you to all of you lovely people. From this week we’ll cut back to attending the first and third Saturdays of the month. Now, last week's fig photo had a few asking if I was selling them, luckily Brendon came to the rescue. I’ll let you know if anyone asks for a lump of green metal!


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten). Free Delivery in Dunedin for orders of $30 minimum. Email: or text 0225228599. Facebook @Marie’s plant-based foods. You have only 3 days left if you would like to place an order, especially for tempeh. 

The deadline is coming soon: Sunday 5th of February 2023

Our last market will be the last market of February. 

See you there, Marie.


Dear Customers & friends, 

I am about to take a 6 months break (more or less) from the Otago farmer’s market to visit my family in France and help my sister to build her house in Britany. I plan to have my last market at the end of February. 

If you would like to stock up on some tempeh, I sell 10 packets of frozen or fresh tempeh for $70 with different mixes depending on my stock. Other products like low-sugar jam, herbs, kimchi vegan cheese, and all the fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, kimchi and seasonal fermented. Please request a list and prices of my products, email me at I will follow up your order which you will be able to collect from the market, my place in Ravensbourne or we could also arrange a delivery (free for a $30 minimum) in Dunedin. It is essential you order them in advance and place your order ASAP (as I have a limited stock) and no later than Sunday 5th February 2023. If you would like to keep in touch while I am away and know when I will be back, please follow me on Facebook @Marie’s plant based foods, and I will post some updates. I would like also to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, I could not dream of a better place to sell my products and have loved meeting you all on Saturdays for the past 3 years. Keep well, Sincerely. 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, #cauliflower, #celery , #beetroot, turmeric, & ginger – 360g for $14.

- Cabbage, pumpkin, #Jerusalem artichoke, #horseradish, garlic, & caraway seeds –360g for $14.

 * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Spray-free NZ soy bean, millet, and linseed. I will also have another flavour for the one who cannot have soy (in a pack and for the burger). 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: Strawberry ($6) OR Blackcurrent ($8)

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry ($7)  

1 mix : Plum & blackcurrant ($7) 

310g/340g jar for $7/$8: Apricot, rhubarb, nectarine, plum

Mixed flavour $8: Pear & raspberry, or rhubarb, nectarine & raspberry, or  

Strawberry & blueberry, or Pear & gooseberry 


SPECIAL: Apricot low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $9

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, or tomato and jalapeno 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


Celebrate 20 years of fabulous regional produce at the OTAGO FARMERS MARKET LONG LUNCH

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On Sunday 26 March 2023, join our single table under cover on New Zealand's longest rail platform and enjoy a specially created seasonal lunch showcasing the finest summer produce from Otago Farmers Market vendors. 

Start with a complimentary drink and enjoy a three course lunch of shared platters and rotisserie Otago lamb prepared by Precinct Food. A cash bar will serve libations from Otago Farmers Market vendors; No8 Distillery, Judge Rock Wines, Dunedin Craft Distillery and Catlins True Brew.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honour 20 years of Otago Farmers Market by taking a few leisurely hours to celebrate the best of life; friends and whanau and locally harvested, seasonal produce cooked to perfection!

Tickets are essential and can be purchased from TryBooking here Booking is $135 per person + booking fees. This includes a welcome drink and a delicious, leisurely three course lunch. The booking system allows you to add dietary requirements and note who you may want to sit with.


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


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Bin’

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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 care dogs.

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


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