8,400 marketgoers last Saturday. Wow!!!

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8,400 marketgoers last Saturday. Wow!!!

7th March 2019

Hi there

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What an amazing market we had last week. We did our annual gate count and it was the biggest ever in my time as manager. We had just over 8,400 through the gates. Dunedin turned on the weather and really I felt so proud to do the work I do and to live in this gorgeous city.

Zhong Guo Wei Dao are starting at the market this week selling delicious Chinese street food called Jianbing. These Chinese crepes are a savoury addition to the market and very delicious. They will be trading up beside Hussey and Laredo on the platform. Alex and Zoe are super friendly and very pleased to be part of the market.

We also have a pop up vege grower starting. Sol from Doran Farm based at Brighton will be bringing pumpkins, garlic and parsley mostly and will be present once a month for the next three months. Sol and his family have 15 hectares of land that they have been cultivating for a year. They are working towards organic certification and plan to develop more and more land as time and finances dictate. The Trust is very keen to support growers such as Sol who are the next generation of vegetable growers in our region. They are hopeful that as time progresses Sol will have more and more produce to bring to the market but in the meantime are very happy to support him to sell his surplus. This is a new direction for the Trust in recognition of how sparse vege growers are in our region and how much extreme hard work and resilience is needed to make a go of it. Sol will be up on the platform beside The Tart Tin.

It is hard to believe that autumn has begun what with the heat wave and all. However it is the beginning of the season where our minds go to squirreling away provisions for the winter and spring. The market is chocka full of produce to make delicious chutneys, relishes, preserves, pickles etc etc Vendors are more than happy to sell you seconds so do have a chat with them about what you want.

See you Saturday for another pearler day!



This Week in the kitchen

We have our lovely chef Narelle Stewart back in the market kitchen this week! She has been making the most of the amazing products that our vendors have to offer, and has some recipes that are both delicious and yet not too complicated for us to recreate in our own kitchens.  Pop by the site office and say 'hello' to her this Saturday. Narelle would love to share some of her culinary tips with you, as well as her love for the local food here in Otago!

Zesty Ginger Fried Quinoa

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Crusty-Coated Pork Eye-fillet

Produce from Havoc Farm Pork

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Strawberry Tarts – with Goat’s Milk Custard

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Zucchini Lasagne – Pastaless/Gluten Free

Produce from Evansdale Cheese

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Kapowai Brewing Co.

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Farmers Market Special - Pear & Cardamom Kombucha

This week we've infused a green tea kombucha with pears from Earnscleugh Orchard and a hint of cardamom. The result is light, refreshing and beautifully smooth. It will be available at the market, both in bottles and on tap. You can also find the recipe on our Facebook or Instagram 

Kombucha on Tap (BYO Bottle)

On tap for you this week, we have:

- Pear & Cardamom (Pears from Earnscleugh Orchard)

- Reishi Chai (Reishi from Botanical Kitchen)

- Peach & Jalapeño (Rome Star Peaches from Willowbrook Orchard, Jalapeños from Kakanui Produce)

 Looks like we're in for another glorious day on Saturday. See you at the market!

~Heidi & Dave


Ettrick Gardens

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New products this week
Royal Gala & Peasgood Non such

Fresh “new potatoes” easy scraping

Fresh “in new seasons” now
blackberries & raspberries, strawberries & blueberries, apples & pears, Luisa & Black Doris plums, 

broccoli, red chillies, cauliflower, fennel, new potatoes, parsley & capsicums, daikon, spring onions, tomatoes, kale, cavolo nero, red cabbage, courgettes, red & green cabbage, cherry tomatoes, & tomatoes,
carrots, 3 types of beetroot, parsley & spinach,sShallots, silverbeet, walnuts, fresh picked Fiesta & Cox’s Orange apples, Bon Cretien & Star Crimson pears

Check out our “clip on” reusable shopping bags only $2 each,
Clip them onto your purse, jeans, key ring??? Lots of fab designs!
Or calico tote & paper carry bags for sale also.

Super special’s this week
large broccoli, raspberries, blackberries, new potatoes and red chillies

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


Who Ate All The Pies

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In line with the start of the Bluff Oyster season, we will be providing the weekly patrons with our delicious and highly renowned and sought after ‘Steak & Bluff Oyster Pies’

12 hour slow cooked premium South Island beef ‘circling’ a juicy Bluff Oyster in a surf & Turf Sauce
200g single serve
Available hot or cold
$7 each or 3 pies for $18

Available throughout the season


Otago Organics

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Firstly a little information about us. We are a cooperative stall run by the members of Otago Organics. All the produce on the stall is certified organic under the OFNZ certification scheme which is for local small growers and is administered in the Otago/Southland area by Otago Organics. Produce selling at the moment is grown by Alice Baird from Henley and Toni Merideth from Palmerston. Our Organic certification certificates are always displayed on the stall.

Heritage apples selling this week are: Boskoop is a classic Dutch apple from 1856 its great for cooking and baking and also as a dessert eating apple for those who enjoy an aromatic juicy and tart apple very high in Vitamin C, Caville Blanc D’Hiver , our oldest and most unique apple from 1627 with its very unusual ribbed appearance which like Boskoop can be cooked or eaten as a desert apple and is also high in vitamin C, and still available will be the last of our Russet Apples.

The pear this week is Louise Bonne De Jersey, a sweet crisp pear that I love to eat with blue cheese either in salads or on its own. Come and taste!

Back by popular demand are our organic Courgette Flowers . This delicacy makes great fritters or try them in a risotto. Ask for our Mexican recipe sheet, and something new to try are our Coriander Microgreens to sprinkle on your favourite Asian or Mediterranean dish.

Vegetables this week include a mixed variety of lovely fresh organic lettuces including; Oak Leaf, Cos ,and Little Gem a well as bunches of Kale, plenty of Courgettes and of course our popular Salad Mix with Edible Flowers.


La Crepe


La crepe special

Jam of the day: apricot & red plum $6

Sweet crepe: peach & strawberry dream
peach & strawberry jam
poached market peach and fresh market strawberries
with confectioner’s custard $10.50
or with whipped cream $10

Savoury crepe: avocado guacamole (vegan)
or organic kale with crunchy peanut butter sauce (vegan)
or caramelized havoc pork with caribbean vegetable
with cheese or hummus
and with salad & dressing or egg $10.50


Dunford Grove

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This weekend if you're in the Wanaka area, come visit the Central Otago Olive Growers tent at the A&P Show. Here we showcase oils from around the district and it is great to show people that, just like wine, the taste is quite different from one grove to the next! Just sampling from one ramekin to the next you can travel from Tarras to Bannockburn to Mt Pisa and further!
For the Market faithful, Esther will have all our goodies up on the platform between the cheese and the tarts!

Did you know?
Tasting Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes down the three key factors:
Fruity, bitter and pungent. When you open a bottle, smell it and see if you perceive fruitiness like apple, banana, or even fresh herbs. Next take a little slurp: little bitterness on the back of your tongue is an indication that the oil is a good one. If after you slurp it you get a slight burn in your throat, that’s a sign that your oil is full of antioxidants. With those three characteristics you can be fairly sure what you bought is a real extra virgin olive oil.


Chatbus at our community stall this Saturday


Chatbus has a mission to 'Restore Hope, Build Resilience, Encourage, Empower and Support Children through counselling.'. What an incredible vision that it! Please make sure to stop by our community stall at the market this coming Saturday to learn more about Chatbus and what they are doing for the young people of our region.  

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