Apples abound as April wraps us up into Autumn

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Apples abound as April wraps us up into Autumn

5th April 2018

Hi there

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On Saturday 21st April (middle weekend of the school hols) we are very excited to be hosting our third HARVEST CELEBRATION. Scarecrows, pumpkins and cider oh my!!

This will be so much fun and a great way of marking this time of year when local food is particularly abundant and full of flavour.

Once again we will have an apple press to turn your apples into golden juice. Please make sure your apples are clean and that you bring clean jars with lids for the juice.

For the young amongst us we are having a scarecrow competition. This would be a great school holiday project and we hope to see some beautiful, creative examples. Good prizes too.

There will be a good representation of community groups present from the gardening, harvesting and preserving fraternity with some great information sharing going on.

The market kitchen will be cooking up some wonderful preserves with tasty samples being shared around the market.

Top this off with wonderful country and folk music and a best dressed vendors’ competition and I think you can see we will be having a whole ton of fun.

The celebration will be happening in a corner of the northern carpark which will mean that up to a dozen car parks will be out of use that day. Trustee volunteers will be directing the traffic and ensuring that the flow of cars in and out is orderly. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.


See you Saturday.



This Week in the kitchen

Kate is Back in the kitchen this week and seeing as its Organic week next week its great to see some recipes where vendors certified organic produce is taking center stage. Get some real soul food into you with Celery and Za’atar Quinoa Salad using Brydone celery or indulge in Spiced Pumpkin Pie containing Waikouaiti Gardens' Heirloom Pumpkin.

Celery and Za’atar Quinoa Salad

Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Hazelnut Estate Abdal's Gourmet Foods

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Creamy Silverbeet Pasta

Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Whitestone Cheese Evansdale Cheese Holy Cow

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Marrow & stout chutney

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Marrow chips with aioli

Produce from Waikouaiti Gardens

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Spiced Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon cream and glazed pecans

Produce from Waikouaiti Gardens

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Outstanding Food Producer Awards

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Its competition season again.

The Otago Farmers Market is up for the peoples choice award for the best farmers market in the country,  we won last year with all your fabulous support so lets try it again and hold onto our rightful title!

To vote just click on the below link and enter in us as your favourite market.



Ettrick Gardens

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New This Week

Fresh Bunched Carrots, Aztec Apples These Are Very Sweet And Crunchy And Very Good Keeping Quality. Quince.

“Fresh This Week”

Pumpkins, Butternut & Squash, 9 Varieties Of Apples & 6 Pear Varieties 

Royal Gala, Peasgood Nonsuch, Huaguan, Cox’s Orange & Golden Delicious, Pacific Beauty, Fiesta & Red Delicious Apples, Please Note, We Do Not Export, So We Use Less Sprays J

Doyenne Du Comice, Star Crimson, Winter Nelis, Beurre Bosc, Taylors Gold, Honey Pears, Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather & Highlander Potatoes, Silverbeet, Gold Beetroot, Butternut, Leeks, Pumpkin & Buttercup Squash, Broccoli, Cauliflowers, Carrots, Pumpkin, Spring Onions, Onions, Red Cabbage, Parsley, Basil, & Beetroot, Coloured Peppers, Kale, Cavolo Nero & Chillies 

Super Special On

2 Kg Potatoes Only $5, Chillies $2.50 A Bag, Butternut Large $5 Each 

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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Wild Dunedin

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A team from Wild Dunedin will be at the market this Saturday promoting the 70 events in the NZ Festival of Nature happening from Friday 20 April to Wednesday 25 April.

In support of the festival the NZ Marine Studies Centre from Portobello will have their Aquavan at the market with a number of sea critters in a touch tank. The team will be handing out festival programmes and answering any questions you may have.  There are competitions to enter at the Wild Dunedin table close to the Aquavan. The Dunedin Wildlife Trust is a charitable trust that runs the annual Wild Dunedin festival for the people of Dunedin to celebrate and learn more about our unique wildlife and wild places. 



Selwyn Shanks

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Time to get the pruning tools and firewood cutting stuff sharpened, as well as the scissors, knives and other everyday tools.

I will be having my final autumn visit to the market 5 May before taking a break till August, so make the most of my next three visits!!!!




Dunford Grove

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Well what a weekend?  Ed in Dunedin, Big birds in Wanaka.  Concert or not there's nothing like the sound of a 70 plus years, 27 litre, V12, engine coming at you across the lake!   Our olives are darkening up nicely in the grove and they're nice and juicy too!  May the sun shine long and bright.

Did you know?

A new study has shown that a nutritional component of olive oil is associated with processes that prevent the formation of tumors in the brain!  Oleic acid, a chemical compound found in olive oil has been shown to help prevent cancer that develops in the brain, according to a new study published in the journal Journal of Molecular Biology.  The findings have shown that oleic acid helps stop cancer causing genes from being expressed in the cells.


La Crepe

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Jam Of The Day: Golden Peach  $5.50

Sweet Crepe: Pear Delicacy, Butterscotch Sauce, Poached  Pear With Confectioner’s Custard $10 Or With Whipped Cream $9.50

Savoury Crepe: Steamed Corn With Spinach & Sorrel Cream (Vegan), Or  Ratatouille (Zucchini, Capsicum, Eggplant, In Yummy Tomato Sauce & Herbs) (Vegan) Or Wild Venison Chasseur With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


NZ Nuts

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Missed you all last week but harvest was full swing and reluctantly I had to concede that had priorities elsewhere!!  You get the benefits this week

WALNUTS    - Vina  Hartley  Tehama and hopefully some Franquette.  In-shell ..... Gold and standard size  Export Quality and this seasons!

CHESTNUTS  - freshly harvested (If you have not cooked with fresh chestnuts before you have missed a real treat.  The brown layer needs to be cut either a cross on the flatter surface or use a knife to cut around one  segment – they can then be roasted cut side uppermost or can be placed in boiling water for 10 mins and then peeled while still hot.  I then cook them with the roast vegetables or the roast chicken for the last 15 minutes – or boil them for 30 mins and use them in sweet or savoury dishes.)

If you are foraging for chestnuts take care hat thy have the prickly like a porcupine exterior hull (LEFT side) not the shiny  hull with occasional spike of the horse chestnut – the horse chestnut is POISONOUS and the nut has a similar appearance as a sweet chestnut




See you at the market on Saturday and have a happy week




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