We look forward to seeing you on the weekend if you are in town. It will be a smaller Market to our usual but all your essential supplies will be there and some lovely brunch & treat options. Have a little taste of the Dunedin Craft Distillers Hazelnut Liqueur (with hazelnuts from Hazelnut Estate), I had a little sniff test & it smells delicious! Lovely to see Esther (Company of Flowers) last weekend with our latest Market bubba Mahala. Esther says the flowers have almost finished from the gardens as she has had less time to plant (for obvious reasons!) so this weekend will be the last of the season. She has some gorgeous, dried flower bouquets - which are very fashionable right now and she’s looking forward to planting in all her tulip bulbs shortly so we will see her back in a few months. I tried out the smoked Hungarian Kolbasz sausage from Blue Mountain Butchery last week, very tasty – while you are there check out my favourite venison garlic chilli salami for a nice treat – great if you are going away tramping or camping for Easter. And if you feel like a hot, nourishing hearty lentil soup Boden Deli make a lovely one - I had it last weekend & it was full of fresh ginger, turmeric & spices to warm the cockles.
Thanks to Alyson Willocks Flowers, Moturata Gardens & Waitaki Orchards for their season which has just finished. We will see Harbour Fish, Tartan Sari, Princes St Butcher, Waewae, Stonehurst, Earnscleugh, Janefield’s, Bagelo’s, Classic & GUD Coffee (Gilbert’s Coffee Cart will be there for Easter in the Classic spot) all NEXT weekend as they are taking an Easter break.
Just a reminder, as so many of you are getting to the Market earlier & earlier, that officially we open at 8am so our vendors don't have to start trading or be ready before then (although I know many are), so please be patient - thank you. Gilbert’s Fine Food, Blue Mountain Butchery, Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs & many others all start around 8am so please respect this. We are trying to manage this so people don’t keep coming earlier & earlier and hopefully soon this will balance out to make it more user friendly for our customers & vendors. NB: Last weekend I walked over at 8:55am to get my eggs – no queue – just straight in.
For those of you who maybe isolating or homebound we have a few vendors that can deliver to your door during the week, Brightside 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.
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. We thank you for your loyal support!
And check out the generous goodies that were donated to Kiwi Harvest last weekend in the photo below. We have some lovely customers! Kiwi Harvest will collect from the 'Pay it Forward Crate' by the Market caravan at main front gate this weekend to distribute to charity as they do each week.
Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask.
Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market! Have a happy, safe Easter.
Header Image: Gilberts Fine Food
Insert Image: Esther, Jamie & Mahala at Company of Flowers