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Being a better you starts with food

8th March 2018

Hi there

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What a day we had on Saturday, it was a true celebration of 15 years. I loved hearing the stories that vendors and customers shared of the first few markets. Nobody could believe that 15 years had rolled around so quickly. Thanks everyone for being part of what makes our market so wonderful.

You will see in the picture the inaugural vendors, they were there at the very first market. Ray Goddard is the only one not there as he has now retired.

We also did a gate count on Saturday and had close to 8,000 people roll through the gates. There is no doubt that the market is the most happening place to be on a Saturday morning!


See you Saturday




Botanical Kitchen


The weather is getting cooler and there was definitely a hint of frost on the hill this week which seems far too early! Nearly time to start thinking about those cosy winter rituals and the move towards more warming foods and beverages. We’ve been drinking a lot of Reishi Hot Chocolate Tonic lately and have it available at the farmers market this week. Reishi mushroom is described as the  ‘mushroom of immortality’ in China which speaks to its daily tonic and immune supportive qualities - perfect moving into a new season. This warming hot chocolate blend also contains cocoa, withania (another tonic herb), cinnamon, cayenne and is sweetened with a small amount of organic coconut sugar. $12 for 150g. We will also have the usual teas, tonics and vegan treats xx


Dunford Grove

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All quiet here, except the bird cannons going off in the vineyards here about!  We're just watching the olives get ever larger.  Wanaka Show this weekend where our Central Otago Olive Growers group offers tastings and sales of oils from across the region, always great to let people appreciate the differences between groves. The lovely Esther will be on the Market stand this week so your oil needs will be met!

Did you know?

Over 2,100 olives go into every liter of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Selwyn Shanks Knife Sharpening

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Time to get the pruning tools and firewood cutting stuff sharpened, as well as the scissors, knives and other everyday tools.

I will be having my final autumn visit to the market 5 May before taking a break till August, so make the most of my next three visits!!!!




Ettrick Gardens


New This Week

Supersweet Honey n Pearl Sweetcorn

“Fresh This Week”

Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peasgood Nonsuch & Royal Gala Apples, Beurre Hardy Pears, Large Freedom Plums Fiesta Apples, Pears, Luisa, Black Doris & Greengages

Agria, Heather & Highlander New Potatoes, Cauliflower, Fennel & Silverbeet, Carrots, Green Beans, Pumpkin, Courgettes, Red Cabbage, Parsley,  Broccoli & Beetroot, Basil, Peas, Kale, Cavolo Nero, Cucumbers, Gold Beetroot, Spring Onions, Coloured Peppers & Chillies

Super Special On

Blackberries 500gm @ $9, Coloured Peppers Only $3.50 A Bag , Pumpkin Squash $3 Each

Please Recycle “Our” Pottles And Punnets Each Week.  There Will Be A Crate Under The Apple Table To Put Them In. Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags. Thank You

“Love Our Planet”

Ettrick Gardens On Your Right At The Main Gate, Or Rapid 5104,  State Highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago.  03 446 6863

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La Crepe Specials


Jam Of The Day: White Peach $5.50

Sweet Crepe: Strawberry Dream, Strawberry Jam Fresh Market Strawberries With Confectioner’s Custard $10.50 Or With Whipped Cream $10

Savoury Crepe: Avocado Guacamole (Vegan) Or Organic French Lentil, Vegetable With Creamy Pumpkin & Asian Spices(Vegan) Or Wild Venison, Vegetable , Cranberry And Red Wine With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10


Otago Organics New Season’s Fruit This Week all at $5Kg



Our Louise Bon de Jersey Pears are firm but crisp and sweet. They are excellent for salads or eating with blue cheese.  Pick up our recipe sheet for Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with balsamic and honey dressing.

The new apples this week are Russet Apples, a mixture of Egremont and Merton Russets famous for their unique sweet sour flavour. Come and try!    

We will also have the last of both  Akane a Japanese dessert apple, and Hetlina, rosy and high in health protecting bioflavonoids.





Waikouaiti Gardens



Cherry Tomatoes - Certified Organic Mixed punnets- Special this week only $4.00/punnet

Heirloom/Heritage tomatoes - Certified Organic Bags of mixed colours, great flavour. 1/2kg bags -$4.00

Glasshouse Red tomatoes - Certified Organic 1/2 kg bags -$3.50 each.

All our tomatoes are soil grown and certified organic by BNZ Biogro. Our produce has been certified organic since 2002.

Plants now ready for your Autumn/Winter crop

We have a wide selection of vegetables including – Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Endive, Kales, Leeks, Lettuce (8 including a mixed variety), Mizuna, Onions , Silverbeet, Spinach & Rocket (Broad Beans available in two weeks) All $3.00 per punnet/pot or 4 for $10.00 Plus a  great selection of Herb plants $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00


NZ Nuts

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Apologies I will not be at the market this week – the walnut hulls are cracking and I will be busy harvesting – looking forward to my next visit complete with walnuts!

Best wishes and have a great week


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