This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

8th October 2022

Hi there


School holidays, heavy snow, voting, crazy wind then plunging temperatures & some warm sunny days – this week has it all going on!  Hope you are all staying warm & hopefully the spring crops will survive this week’s good snow dump. 

It’s good to welcome back Waewae Permaculture for the season, Lian will be back in the usual spot with veggies grown using organic principles from their small-scale market garden near Osbourne.  Nigel from Oamaru Organic is having his seasonal break away for a few weeks from the Market to have a catchup back at the farm & life in general hopefully.  Be sure to grab some nuts at NZ Nuts this weekend, not sure yet when they will be back so stock up.  With all the negative frozen berry news right now,it just goes to show that buying local is the best way to go. Ettrick Gardens have a good supply of safe locally grown (Ettrick, Central Otago) frozen berries you can purchase on the weekend (commercial brands often come from far flung places like Chile, Serbia & China, etc).  Why bother with all those food miles when we grow it right here in Otago!

I have just counted that it’s only 11 more Markets till our Christmas Market!  (Our Christmas Market lands on Saturday 24th December this year and will be an early 6:30 – 11am one, we can operate like the old pre covid days & lock off gates till opening this year - which always creates a frenzied rush of shoppers!). The following Market is then New Year’s Eve morning Saturday 31st December – there are no extra markets over the festive period, just all the usual Saturdays so nice & straight forward.  Thought I’d let you know now as some of you are very, very organised I know!

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!), I 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. 

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. 

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

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

As I wrap up this newsletter snow is still falling at my place at the beach, sea level snow always adds another level of excitement to the day especially for the terrier here, have even dusted off his swanndri jacket which hasn't been used for a year or so. Keep warm for now, but I see sun is predicted for Saturday - excellent!

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: The garden at Matheson & Roberts.

Insert Image:  Knocking snow off coral charm peonies out in Mosgiel at Janefield Hydroponics & Paeonies is a family affair.  



This Week in the kitchen

I am excited for Waewae's return to the market this weekend and have had a look through the archives for some recipes that will make the most of their fresh produce! Isabella (Assistant Manager)


Produce from Waewae Permaculture Blueskin Bay Honey Bennie's Honey Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

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Produce from Waewae Permaculture Blueskin Bay Honey Bennie's Honey Holy Cow Agreeable Nature Free Range Eggs

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Waewae Permaculture

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We will be back at the market this Saturday, and for the season!

New season veggies are starting to come on, so we will be back with radishes, spinach, salad, chard, spring onions, carrots, leeks, and rhubarb. 

We are looking forward to a bountiful season, and chatting with you all again.

Regenerative & Diverse farming, local & agri-chemical free. Organically grown (non-certified-talk to us!).


NZ Nuts


Last market (for now) this week

Its time to stock up on nuts - we are offering a $1.00/kg discount on in shell nuts, walnut halves and pieces.

We thank Otago Farmers Market customers for their ongoing support and will keep you informed on when we will be back in the market.  Please remember that we do courier nuts to your doorstep - simply email  

A big thank you from Emma, Tim and Valda  - with best wishes till we return!


Stonehurst Gourmet Mushrooms & Herbs

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STONEHURST GOURMET 'HERB OF THE WEEK: CORIANDER (Coriandrum sativum): The herb people seem to either love or hate! 

All parts of the plant can be used - the leaves are said to have a faint overtone of anise (flowers also) and are added to various hot & cold dishes, the roots are an intensified version of the leaves and are generally found in curries and stews whereas the seeds are sweet, reminiscent of orange peel & found in the spice shelves. Generally, used in South American (including Tex-mex), Thai and Indian style recipes.  

To grow, select a well-drained site in full sun except for summer where partial shade is prefered. Keep moist but not waterlogged. Pinch out emerging seed stalks to prolong harvest. Annual.  Kate



Hazelnut Estate

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We are excited to let you know that we have started processing nuts from our 2022 Harvest.  They are very tasty and well worth coming to see us on Saturday for a sample.  We have also been working hard to process more Hazelnut Flour for Saturday.  

In case you are not aware of the benefits of eating nuts regularly - check out the summary below.  

Nuts linked with major health benefits (Taken from the Advances in Nutrition Journal)

A new umbrella review has found nuts and consumption is linked with major health benefits, By eating a handful of nuts a day compared with eating no nuts  you can get the following health benefits;

  • 21% reduced risk  Cardiovascular disease
  • 25% reduced risk coronary heart disease
  • 22% reduced risk of death from CVD 
  • 11% reduced risk dying from cancer
  • 22% reduced risk dying from all causes

So come and see us on Saturday for your supplies of our Premium Dry Roasted Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Flour and Hazelnut Chocolate Spread.


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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

Washed Taties 1.5KG only $5 Assorted varieties

Spray-free cauliflower

Spring onions are also spray-free

“Jumbo” beetroot is only $2 per kilo

Spray-free silverbeet & Brightlights silverbeet- only $2.50 per bunch😊

Spray-free leeks - $2.50 each

Daffodils & Tulips😊

Spray-free beetroot; round or cylindra - only $2.50 per kilo

Frost sweetened parsnips

Spray-free Jerusalem artichokes - 1 KG only $4

Apples: Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Pacific Queen, Granny Smith, Pacific Rose,

Braeburn, & Fuji apples 

Winter Nelis Pears

Spray-free spinach 

Potatoes: Agria, Red Fantasy, & Jelly

Coloured carrots and orange carrots

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


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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

Free Delivery for orders of $30 and over in town. 

Email or text 0225228599

Did you try my gourmet low sugar jam? 

The jam pictured is new; Gooseberry & Blueberry – 270g jar for $7 

A perfect balance of sweet and sour taste with whole blueberries! 

Most commercial jams contain between 40-60% sugar. My jams are between 22-23%, so it means more fruit and definitely more fruit flavour, but less sugar, and it is better for your health. It is a double win! Most of the fruits I use for my jams are from the Farmer’s Market, or from my own garden (spray-free of course). 

See you at the market.  Marie



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

- *Kimchi - mild ($14), medium ($15), or hot ($15) is available, please let me know which you like - $14 for 380g

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


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

-Almost finished *Red & green cabbage, #carrots, *broccoli, #pakchoi, #celery, capsicum, onion, ginger, galangal, garlic, lemon grass, Korean pepper, - MEDIUM KIMCHI STYLE - $15 for 360g

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

                                  * organic # spray free

FRESH TEMPEH: Green split lentils, quinoa, and black sesame seeds

Freshly made every week from different beans, cereals, and seeds. 

1 packet (225g) for $8, 2 packets for $15 - enquire if you would like more.


270g jar for $6: Strawberry, quince 1 mix: Gooseberry, pear and banana. 

1 mix: Gooseberry & blueberry: $7 

or Blueberry, strawberry, & raspberry: $7

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

1 mix: 310g for $8 - Pear & raspberry

1 mix: 310g for $8 -Gooseberry, peach & raspberry


SPECIAL: Rhubarb low-sugar jam, vegan custard & roast 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.

HERBS VEGAN CHEESE: Made from NZ spray-free soybeans & organic chickpeas. Packed with herbs & culture.

 *Spread 180g for $7 

 *Round cheese 120g for $9  


No.8 Distillery


The Number.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


Curtain Bank Annual Street Appeal


The Dunedin Curtain Bank up-cycles unwanted and unused curtains, lines them, and distributes them to those in need in our community. Curtains make a significant difference to the warmth of a home. A third of all heat loss in an uninsulated home occurs through windows. Even double-glazed windows let out more heat than uninsulated walls.

We are excited to be at the Farmers Market on Saturday 8th October 2022. We are thankful to be collecting donations for our annual street appeal so we can continue to support more people who are in need of warm curtains. We will also be selling our Enviroshop items which are made from recycled curtain off-cuts. We are looking forward to selling draft stops, shopping bags to put your purchases from the Farmers Market and produce bags. So, come visit us at our community stall up on the railway platform.


Keeping Well

Everyone welcome but PLEASE STAY AWAY IF UNWELL (vendors & customers).

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy.  

We still encourage mask use at the Market.

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Cash still accepted.

Please RESPECT each other’s space.


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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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