This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

5th February 2022

Hi there

Happy Chinese New Year!  And it’s February already.  And it’s Waitangi weekend.  And school is back for many.  And it’s still summer.  And life goes on.  Lot's to celebrate.

The cherry season is almost over but you will still find plenty this weekend. The apricots, those little nuggets of gold which I have adored this season (they seem to be especially sweet & juicy this year) are still going strong at Willowbrook, Rosedale, Earnscleugh & Waitaki Orchards.  I made a batch of low sugar moorpark apricot & vanilla jam for my pantry this week (I now get what all the fuss is about on this old school variety down here!) that should stretch out summer a few more months for me.  It’s a perfect combo to go with Bay Rd crunchy peanut buttered Gilbert’s rye sourdough toast – well, it’s the little things that get me through sometimes!  Might be the last of the season moorparks’ this weekend though.  And I see Diana from Willowbrook Orchard has sent us through some handy hints to keep summer stonefruit through the year, much appreciated as she knows her stonefruit!  Lots of plump blueberries abound at Blue Willow & Ettrick’s and Earnscleugh.  Boysenberries at Ettrick’s are on my grocery list this week to try.  If you haven’t tried the nigella baby toms at Kakanui Produce, then you are in for a treat!  Grab a fresh mild (or spicy!) chilli while you are there, so good finely sliced on practically most dishes.  The Market has been awash in flowers lately, we are so spoilt for choice with Merrall, Alysan, Co of Flowers & Matheson’s & the bounty from their gardens, certainly makes the house nice & cheery & fragrant buying a little something from them, especially in these uncertain weeks.

We welcome a new vendor this weekend, Tomer from Breads and More who will bring his little yellow Kurtosh food trailer with his micro artisan bakery onboard of handcrafted baked goods with a Eastern European flavour.  He has patiently waited many months to be at the Market & will be in the old Tunanopal Mexican spot between Jia Hia Dumplings & coKo Lounge

And a reminder that food & beverages are to be taken OUT of the Market to be consumed, as masks should be kept ON at all times.  Do your shop & then grab a coffee & brunch on the way out to takeaway (there's always the lovely garden outside the Railway Building for a picnic).  Shop & go will also avoid any queuing & keep distancing safer in our outdoor Market so everyone can shop.

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 while you all respect 1mt distancing between each other & Market stalls. 

Remember your keep cup, return jars & containers.  Most of our vendors accept return jars & empty containers, etc from their products. Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  Take care of each other & see you Saturday & as always, thanks for supporting local.

Ngā mihi

Michele

Market Manager

 

This Week in the kitchen

Given the weather, I've given you some hot and cold options! They all make extremely tasty use of all the incredible summer harvest from our amazing local vendors. What better way to support local? What better way to get fresh-as produce? What better way to support your wee taste-buds? - Kristina

Grilled Peaches with Ruby Bay and Walnuts

Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Ettrick Gardens Evansdale Cheese

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Boysenberry Pandowdy

Boysenberry Pandowdy

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Holy Cow

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Basil & Cucumber Chilled Soup

Produce from Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Dunford Grove Kakanui Produce

View Recipe
 

Dunford Grove

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About a quarter of a century ago my sister in law introduced us to Dukkah on a flying visit from Singapore.  Who would have thought then that we would be producing it by the bucket load today!

There’s plenty of reasons to keep it in your pantry as it makes for a pretty universal seasoning.  The rugged and fragrant spiciness comes through when eaten with flat bread and (of course) Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Did you know?  Dukkah (pronounce Doo-kah) originated in Egypt, the name is derived from Egyptian Arabic word for “to crush” or “to pound” which is precisely how it’s made.

 

Ronia & Pippa Cold Pressed Juice and Plant Based Mylks

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CONTACTLESS DELIVERY AVAILABLE! For those of you who would rather we offer contactless delivery every Thursday and Saturday. 

We post our menu every Wednesday on Instagram and Facebook. Will also aim to post to this newsletter too! Place order on social media platforms or contact us on either of the below. Email - roniaandpippi@gmail.com. Mobile - 020 406 57909 Delivery free for orders over $30 

Otherwise see you Saturday! Oh, and massive thank you to all of you who came and waited in line last week. Your support means the world to us, and we are so proud to be part of this incredible community xo

 

Handy Hints from Willowbrook Orchard

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There will be plenty of apricots for freezing, bottling or jam, sauce, or chutney this weekend and hopefully next. Everything depends on the weather/heat. We think that the apricot is a key essential in stone fruits. (Sort of versatile like a potato in the vegetable world 😊) We use them in desserts and with meat dishes (particularly chicken and pork, but all meats work well--stir fry too, even halve for BBQ sometimes.)

Stone Fruit Preserving Tips from Willowbrook Orchard*

Apricots are easy to store for winter. Can halve them or put in freezer whole and fresh in sealed bags. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar into bag + shake to distribute over the dry fruit to help them keep colour bright. When cooking them frozen the key thing is DO Not Let them defrost. Bring half pot of water (or syrup) up to a rolling boil and carefully put frozen apricots in 1-6 at a time. Gently turn them over to get them going, then add more apricots bit by bit from the bag. They should start bright in colour this way. If they are left to thaw before cooking, they can go very brown.

Everyone has their various ways of bottling. Many people stone apricots and pack elegantly into jars (great just as they are for desserts) however, if you are making pies, sponge top or crumble for desserts why not save some time. Cook up a big pot of apricots, letting them breakdown a little, wash and heat jars, then spoon apricots into the ready jars. Add warmed seals, screw down firmly.  Leave to cool at least 12hrs before storing. (It is called the overflow method of bottling) Then in winter, you just have to open the jar & the base is ready for your pie, crumble etc. For years we have been bottling apricots at ripest point in just plain water (zero added sugar). When opened later, they are good for diabetic, or diet needs; or sugar can be added to personal requirements. Quite perfect. Colour & flavour excellent. Makes the kitchen less sticky with no sugary sugars to make too, at the point of bottling. 

At the Market this week, Willowbrook will have as well as apricots, a variety of new season fruits, nectarines, greengages, peaches in various varieties -white and golden fleshed. Freshly picked for now and the winter months ahead. Enjoy your Squirrelling!

Diana, John and Pete

*these are super useful for a newbie like me! x Kristina

 

Earnscleugh Orchard

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Hi, we will be at the market this Saturday and we hope to see you there. Come up to the platform, look for the big RED van to find the yummiest Central Otago fruit. CHERRIES, APRICOTS, PEACHES, NECTARINES, BLUEBERRIES plus so much more.

We still have fresh, delicious, gorgeous cherries this Saturday we will bring LAPIN cherries. We might have sour cherries.... we are not sure, fingers crossed.

Our Stone fruit is amazing, sweet, tree ripened and juicy.  Remember you can mix the same priced fruit in one paper bag and get a wee taste on Central. Stone fruit: PEACHES, white and flat available. APRICOTS. Including the much-loved spray free MOORPARK Apricots.

If you want bulk jam apricots, please txt and order some. Plus, delicious NECTARINES 

A great deal on BLUEBERRIES. 1 punnet for just $6 or 2 for $10.... hurry they sell fast. 

Honey available this week: Thyme. Honeycomb. Clover. Manuka

If you want to order any fruit to collect, please let me know and we will pack to order. TXT Sher 021 455341. Just collect before the market closes at 12:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you UP ON THE PLATFORM UNDER THE ROOF. We greatly appreciate your ongoing support. See you there xxx

The team at Earnscleugh Orchards (Sher, Rob and Brie).

 

In The Company Of Flowers

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Rambunctious blooms fresh from my gardens.

At the Farmers Market every Saturday (find me at the northern end).

Bouquet Deliveries every Wednesday and Friday.

Special Occasions and events.  www.companyofflowers.com

thecompanyofflowers@gmail.com

 

Blue Mountain Butchery!

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This week's sausage flavours.... 

*Hearty Beef

*Pork Cumberland

*Greek Venison

*Lamb & Mint

*Chorizo

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

RED TRAFFIC LIGHT

Scanning In & Masking Up helps us keep open. 

Everyone welcome but PLEASE STAY AWAY IF UNWELL (vendors & customers).

EVERYONE to SCAN in at the entrances (manual slips provided as well).

We ask that everyone including our vendors please wear a FITTED MASK CORRECTLY OVER MOUTH & NOSE to enter the Market (unless you have an exemption or are a child). 

Please sanitize your hands upon arrival.  

Please respect the 1mt distancing rule between all vendors, staff & customers at the market.

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy.  

Please take away ALL food & drinks to consume offsite.  NO eating or drinking inside the Market. 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

 

Cash still accepted.

Please be PATIENT & respect each other’s space.

There will be no tables, chairs, cup library, water fountain or Market Kitchen available this weekend.

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle / jar returns, etc.

 

Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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BERRY TIME !!!

STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, GREENGAGES

SWEET EATING PLUMS & CHERRIES

TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES & PEPPERS

POTATOES & SPRING CARROTS & FENNEL

SPRAYFREE SILVERBEET & COURGETTES & KALE & CAVOLO NERO

SPRAYFREE BEETROOT - ROUND OR CYLINDRA, GOLD OR CANDY

MOST OF OUR VEGATABLES ARE SPRAY FREE 😊

SAVE $’s on FRESH 1 KG BOYSENBERRIES $15 OR 2 @ $25

Also SPRAYFREE BLACKCURRANTS ARE FRESH NOW 😊

OUR COURIER TO YOUR DOOR SERVICE IS STILL AVAILABLE ANYTIME.

Email j.hpreedyege@actrix.co.nz 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

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook

 

La Crepe Market Specials

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It’s just so good to have some rain today, with the heat of the past few days, I really feel the steam coming out the ground.

Highlight of the week: we have a little stream in our backyard, and I saw a fish for the first time! Not sure how it got here, up in Ravensbourne.

Wishing you a great day. Christophe

JAM OF THE DAY: $7 APRICOT

THE WINNER: $9 LEMON CURD OR PASSION FRUIT WITH LOW SUGAR HAZELNUT MERINGUE AND WHIPPED CREAM 

STRAWBERRY DREAM: $11 Strawberry jam, fresh market strawberries, with custard or whipped cream

BOOST YOUR SPIRIT WITH COVISET $3 Injected Grand Marnier with any sweet crepe (Adult Only) 

SPECIALS SAVOURY CREPE: $11.00  

AZUKI BEAN N’ BROCCOLI IN TOMATO SAUCE WITH KARENGO (CHILLI SAUCE OPTIONAL)

OR WILD VENISON & VEGETABLE STEW WITH RED WINE, DARK COCOA AND A TOUCH A CHILLI

 

Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten) Free Delivery for order of $25 minimum. Email chocolatchaud009@hotmail.com or text 0225228599. 

Dear customers, we sold out of our tempeh burgers last week! They are indeed so delicious! There are only few jars left of our preserved lemons; there will brighten any dish you put them in. I love them in a salad, as they are… have you tried them? This is your last chance. This week, my fresh organic tempeh is chickpea, white rice and pumpkin seeds. See you at the market. Marie 

FERMENTED VEGETABLES  

ALL YEAR ROUND 

*Sauerkraut (onion & garlic $13 or cabbage $12) for 380g   

*Kimchi - (cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli) mild, medium, or hot is available, please let me know which one would you like – $14 for 380g

SEASONAL 

#Daikon, #Fennel, #Carrot, #Turnip, #Runner bean, #Spring onion, #Horseradish, #Wild fennel - $14.50 for 360g

*Cabbage, #daikon, #carrots, #Jerusalem artichoke, pumpkin, #yams, turmeric & star anise - $14 for 360g  

Fermented # lemons - $6 for 200g #Apple cider vinegar - $6 for 300g 

Sweet potato, #cauliflower, beetroot & lemon grass - $14 for 360g 

*Cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, # yams, #silver beet, onion, ginger, galangal,  garlic, lemon grass,  Korean pepper, - MEDIUM KIMCHI STYLE - $15 for 360g 

                                  * organic               # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Chickpea, white rice & pumpkin seeds. Freshly made every week from different beans, cereal and seeds. 1 packet (225g) for $8 / 2 packets for $15

GOURMET LOW SUGAR JAM:  

Strawberry, Quince, Gooseberry, pear & banana, Blueberry & quince 270g jar for $6

Peach, Plum, Apricot, Pear & vanilla, Feijoa, Rhubarb, Nectarine 310g/340g jar for $7

1 mix: Raspberry, quince & plum $7 1 mix: Raspberry, Gooseberry & Peach $7 1 mix: Rhubarb, Strawberry & Peach $8 

SWEET PANCAKES SANDWICHES : 

SPECIAL: APRICOT low sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $7.50  

BANOFFEE: date butterscotch, vegan custard & fresh banana $8

BOUNTY: dark chocolate & shredded coconut custard $7.50 

TEMPEH BURGER $10 : choose between crunchy peanut sauce, curry pumpkin, or tomato & olive sauce.  Add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut, or purple pickled vegetables. They all have a fresh, organic tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts and mayonnaise.

 

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