This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

6th May 2023

Hi there

With it being Organic Week NZ this week, shoutout to our certified organic vendors – Oamaru Organics, Waikouaiti Gardens, Blue Willow Blueberries & Judge Rock Wines.  It’s a big deal in becoming certified organic & then maintaining the bio grow certification each year so hats off to these guys for keeping at it and providing wonderful products & produce season after season (& at very reasonable prices too).  Producing under strict guidelines does seem to produce winning results.  Earnscleugh Co op Orchards bring some certified organic apple varieties, some cherry varieties & walnuts from their co-op partner Central Organics in Alexandra.  I know some of our other vendors use ingredients off our certified organic vendors as well.  And Otago Farmers Market are proudly a finalist in the Organic NZ Farmers Market of the Year for 2023.

If you are engaging in Coronation festivities this weekend don’t forget to get your supplies at the Market! – see the recipe below for the Coronation Quiche (which luckily only uses 2x eggs!), Judge Rock has a lovely drop of port & some lovely bubbles,  Catlins True Brew have craft beer, Catlins Kitchen have cheese & pastry straws, pate and other goodies, Cheeses from Evansdale Cheese or Whitestone Cheese (or for a vegan option Boden Deli), Dolce Vita have lovely dainty sweet treats, handcrafted gin from No.8 Distillery Dunedin Craft Distillers, Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs for the club sandwiches & I’m sure there will be plenty more.  I’m looking forward to it!

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

Complete our Customer Survey here: Otago Farmers Market Customer Survey 2023 (

Bacon Buttie will be back next week along with Waewae Permaculture (while their gardens play catch up). 

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 Permaculture (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, Ginger Fox Foods Peanut Butter, 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 or in the vendor profiles.

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 to try to return the correct packaging to those that you brought off if you remember (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors).  And borrow a keep cup from our cup library or coffee / chai vendors.  If you want to BORROW A PLATE or CUTLERY for ready to eats just swing by the caravan for a clean one (& return back there for cleaning later), we also have bags you can borrow for produce or shopping too if you forget. 

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

Just a reminder that ALL our Market vendors are open officially at 8am, (we know that some are ready & open earlier), but there will be plenty for all if you are there from 8am.

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

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image:  Judge Rock Wines 


This Week in the kitchen

Delving into the archives this week are two recipes to warm the cockles – a casserole using sausages from either Blue Mountain ButcheryPrinces St Butcher or Havoc Farm Pork accompanied by seasonal silverbeet with smashed potatoes. Enjoy! Jamie - Assistant Manager

Sausage and French Lentil Casserole

Produce from Princes St Butcher Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Oamaru Organics

View Recipe

Silverbeet with smashed potatoes

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Oamaru Organics Rosedale Orchard

View Recipe

Tartan Sari

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Apples galore!

We love this autumn season as we are huge apple fans, and we adore spicy Apple pickle. Have you tried it yet? It’s made with Rosedale's Granny Smiths and is wonderful with cheese, meats and, well everything!  To celebrate all things Apple this May I will be offering a special discount on our Apple Pickle - only $9 a jar!! Get in quick while stocks last.

I will also have a small batch of homegrown Chilli Pickle. It’s very special indeed - 100g for $10.

Lastly, it’s Mother’s Day soon so for the next 2 weeks I will give you a free gift box when you buy two jars for mum!

Danielle x


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Frost sweetened parsnips

Lots of spray free pumpkins - Grey, green & butternut varieties

Large leeks, daikon, spinach Green and Red Cabbage - all spray free

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

Beetroot - Round, Cylindra, Gold, and Candy – all spray free

Jalapeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies, and capsicums are IN SEASON now!

Celery & Parsley - spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria, Red Fantasy & Heather potatoes - spray free and delicious 

Washed Tiny Taties – many varieties

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

APPLES – 13 varieties! Pacific Rose, Fuji, Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Red & Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty, Cox Orange apples, Pink Lady and Sturmer

Quince, Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nellis and taylors gold pears

Walnuts spray free and shelled

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 Roxburgh - Ettrick Highway, State Highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


The Official Coronation Quiche Recipe!

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Here is the Kings official Coronation Recipe:  (With our suggested Vendor suppliers).

A deep quiche with a crisp, light pastry case and delicate flavours of Spinach, Broad Beans and fresh Tarragon. Eat hot or cold with a green salad and boiled new potatoes - perfect for a Coronation Big Lunch!

x1 20cm Flan Tin - Serves 6



  • 125g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25g cold butter, diced  (Holy Cow)
  • 25g lard
  • 2 tablespoons milk (Holy Cow)
  • Or 1 x 250g block of ready-made shortcrust pastry


  • 125ml milk  (Holy Cow)
  • 175ml double cream  (Holy Cow)
  • 2 medium eggs (Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese (Whitestone Cheese or Evansdale Cheese)
  • 180g cooked spinach, lightly chopped (Ettrick Gardens, Oamaru Organic's, Caithness Farm)
  • 60g cooked broad beans or soya beans


  1. To make the pastry…
    1. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl; add the fats and rub the mixture together using your finger tips until you get a sandy, breadcrumb like texture.
    2. Add the milk a little at a time and bring the ingredients together into a dough.
    3. Cover and allow to rest in the fridge for 30-45 minutes
  2. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the pastry to a circle a little larger than the top of the tin and approximately 5mm thick.
  3. Line the tin with the pastry, taking care not to have any holes or the mixture could leak. Cover and rest for a further 30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  5. Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper, add baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes, before removing the greaseproof paper and baking beans.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C.
  7. Beat together the milk, cream, eggs, herbs and seasoning.
  8. Scatter 1/2 of the grated cheese in the blind-baked base, top with the chopped spinach and beans and herbs, then pour over the liquid mixture.
  9. If required gently give the mixture a delicate stir to ensure the filling is evenly dispersed but be careful not to damage the pastry case.
  10. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until set and lightly golden.


Stonehurst Gourmet - Herb of the Week

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BAY TREE (Laurus nobilis)

Also known as "Sweet Bay" or "Laurel" (not to be confused with other plant species called "Laurel")

The bay tree was sacred to Apollo, the Greek god of poetry, prophecy, and healing. Apollo's prophecies were communicated to the people through his priestess at Delphi who regularly ate a bay leaf before telling the prophecies - due to the fact bay leaves are slightly narcotic in large doses they may have helped the priestess with her prophecy telling!

The Latin laurus means "to praise" and nobilis means "renowned / the famous" - in ancient Greece they crowned the Olympic winners and scholars with bay leaf crowns. 

Bay was dedicated to Apollo's son Aesculapius; the Greek god of medicine and bay has been used against disease - especially the plague - for many centuries.

Culinary wise bay leaves can be added to bouquet garni for soups, stews and sauces. Can also be added to marinades, stocks, potato soup, stuffings, boiled in milk for flavoured custards and used as a garnish to name a few uses.

Once leaves were placed in the flour bin as a weevil deterrent. Perfect when leaves are dried and added - whole or crushed - to potpourri! 

Add a decoction of bay to bathwater to help relieve aching limbs. Massage bay oil around sprains and into rheumatic joints. 

Bay leaves were once the main ingredient in a popular French antiseptic - possibly why it was popular during the plague.

Infuse leaves as a digestive aid and/or to stimulate the appetite. 

Recent experiments regarding aromas indicate smelling bay leaves can sharpen the memory - and in regard to its aroma bay leaves were once used in Europe in men’s aftershave.

Whilst bay can be used as hedging it does not particularly like cold, strong winds. Bay prefers shelter in full sun, in well drained soils - ideal in containers. Responds well to trimming making them perfect as standards. If left untrimmed can grow into a large, bushy tree.  Cold hardy to -15*C. Evergreen.

Cheers, Kate


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for our RED VAN in the PLATFORM. 


SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING - 100% paper packaging (no plastic)

All fruit PACKED ON THE DAY, so super fresh. Straight from the cool store to you. 

At the market this Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Braeburn Apple, Fuji Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple, Koru Apple

SPRAY FREE: Asian Quince, English Quince, Walnuts 

Wine Grapes...YUM YUM YUM, Muscat (maybe), Pinot Noir (definitely final week)

PLUMS: Omega plum, Torwick plum, Angelino plum

APPLES: Nancy Fizz Apple

PLUS: Nashi Yellow, Nashi Gold

PEARS: Beurre Bosc, Du Comice (DDC) "Ice Cream" Pear, Packham, Winter Nellis, Concord

Plus we have Amazing HONEY: Thyme Honey, Runny Clover Honey, Comb Honey, Manuka Honey


PRE-ORDER your fruit so you don't miss out just Text 021 455341 by Friday 10am to order any fruit. We will pack and hold for you. Please collect by noon.

Feel free to MIX the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit selection at the market. Plus remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit before you buy it.

Thanks Rob, Sher and family. 


Waewae Permaculture

We will not be at this market but are back the following week. Both us and the gardens need a week to catch our breath. The gardens at Waewae are still producing well, with many autumn root vegetables to look forward to as well as our usual range.

Have a great weekend! Fiona, Lian & Arne.


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’

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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.

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