This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

5th November 2022

Hi there

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Lovely to see so many international cruise-ship customers as well as our regular goers enjoying the Market on the weekend, on what was another sunny day. 

My Farm Fresh Asparagus is proving very popular with you all.  I’ve enjoyed grabbing a spear from a cup of water in the fridge when I feel like a raw vege snack – no need to snap the ends I find, and they last well through the week + great when you can’t be bothered cooking. There is a bucket under Dave’s table at his stall for you to return rubber bands & the bamboo tags for reuse.  Dave & his granddaughter Indi are enjoying meeting everyone & it makes the trip down worthwhile.  If you want to add a touch of decadence, then Debs at Catlins Kitchen makes a great handmade aioli and a range of mayo’s all made with local ingredients, which marry perfectly with asparagus.  Was good to see the early hit of paeonies at the Market last week from Rodger at Janefield’s, should see more in the coming weeks as he only had a small amount at the crack of dawn last Saturday (as he had the first export consignment last week).  He promises more volumes of strawberries & paeonies as the season kicks in.  Stock up on your nuts for summer from NZ Nuts – your last chance for the year at the Market.  Tim (Valda’s son) will be in the same spot beside Ettrick’s

The Otago Farmers Market is listed in the widely read Australian ‘Broadsheet’ magazine ‘Guide to New Zealand’s Best Farmers Markets’ this month – you can see the link on our Facebook page. 

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, Waewae, 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, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in our ORDER NOW button on our website

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. Remember your keep cup / mug (if you forget, check with your beverage vendor if they have spares to borrow to save on a single use throw out cups – which are just not cool!), we will keep supplying them with cups where needed, it’s up to us all to make use of this.  And remember your containers, produce bags, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors stalls that accept packaging back (see poster here) if not, ask them why not.  Most of our vendors can reuse most packaging.  

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. 

Take care out there, I have finally (after 2.5yrs of not having ANY sickness at all since pre Covid days) succumbed to a lurgy this week (not positive) but a horrid cold of sorts, hence this is written from my bed (after 24hrs away in Christchurch for the weekend).  I had forgotten how horrid getting sick was, argh.  Feeling for those of you who I know are recovering or in the midst of anything right now.  Chef Amy & Isabella will be looking after the Market this weekend. 

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask. 

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!

Wishing you well. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  My Farm Fresh


This Week in the kitchen

The market is back in full swing, and the extra visitors around town are creating buzz, this was especially evident at last weekends market. All of our favourite christmas produce is slowly coming back, so this week I had a look through the archives for summer essential recipes. Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Gilbert's Fine Food My Farm Fresh Holy Cow Ettrick Gardens Breads & More

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Produce from Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs Hazelnut Estate coKo Lounge Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

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Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Frill lettuce, soil-grown & spray-free 

Spray-free cauliflower


Parsley & spring onions are also spray-free

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Spray-free silverbeet & Brightlights silverbeet- only $3.00 per bunch😊

Spray-free Jerusalem artichokes - 1 KG only $4

Royal Gala, Pink Lady, and Pacific Queen Apples

Granny Smith, Pacific Rose, Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Spray-free spinach

Potatoes: Red Fantasy - A tasty general-purpose potato. Boiled, mashed, roasted, salad, or chips.

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Frozen free-flow strawberries, mixed berries, boysenberries, tayberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants.


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. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week


LOVAGE (Levisticum officinale)

Also known as the "Maggi Herb" due to its celery-yeasty-like aroma being similar to the seasoning of that name!

A hardy perennial of deeply cut, shiny green leaves and hollow stems, of which all parts are edible-

Seeds: can be added to cordials/liqueurs, crushed and added to breads, pastries & salads. Leaves: can be added to soups and casseroles or salads (top tip - rub a leaf around a salad bowl!). Drink tea for a savory taste. Stem/stalks: add to casseroles and soups. Steam and serve with a white sauce. Tender finely chopped young shoots can be added to salads. Root: peel then cook or pickle. 

Medicinally: create an infusion (from any part of the plant) to help with water retention, assist in removal of waste products and to aid rheumatism. 

NB: Infusion NOT to be taken during pregnancy or for those with kidney problems.

Full sun - part shade. Organically rich, moist soil. Flower stalks up to 2m.


NZ Nuts Back This Week Only


Thanks to our wonderful customers for all their support this season. This Saturday will be NZ Nuts' last for 2022, so make sure you get along to top up your nut supplies for the summer. 

If you miss us then, you can still email to order. 

See you again in 2023!

Thanks. Tim and Valda


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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ALL VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (may contain traces of gluten).  

NEW this week: Our seasonal KIMCHI is now available in mild, medium, or hot. Made of Chinese & green cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, carrot, pumpkin, yam, onion, ginger, garlic, and Korean pepper - $16 for 380g.

A perfect combination between flavour and texture!

We will be away next week!

See you at the market. Marie



 - *Sauerkraut (*green cabbage with onion & garlic $13 or just *cabbage $12) - 380g   

- *Kimchi - mild, medium or hot is available, please let me know which one would you like – $15 for 380g

           (green cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic & Korean red pepper & chilli)


- #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14 for 360g

-NEW *Chinese & *green cabbage, #Jerusalem artichoke, #carrot, pumpkin, #yam, onion, ginger, garlic, Korean pepper, - mild, medium or hot is available - $16 for 380g

- #Carrots, #beetroot, #celery, ginger, turmeric & horopito leaves - $15 for 360g

                                  * organic #spray free

FRESH TEMPEH: Red split lentil, white rice, and linseed

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 jar for $6: Strawberry, quince 1 mix: Gooseberry, pear and banana. 

Feijoa $6.50 

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 

1 mix: Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7

340g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, plum, apricot, feijoa, rhubarb, and nectarine 

1 mix: Pear & raspberry

1 mix: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry


SPECIAL: Apricot low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roasted hazelnut $8.50  

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 sauce, or tomato and olive 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 (mild or medium)

*Spread 180g for $7 *Round cheese 120g for $9


No.8 Distillery

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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


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.


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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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