Adventures in the North

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Adventures in the North

9th August 2018

Hi there

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The winterless north certainly lived up to its name. We arrived at The Whangarei Growers Market at 6am on Saturday morning to be greeted with wall to wall produce. It was amazing! We felt right at home and bought up large to cook up for our dinner that night. The photo evidences what we got – organic salad greens, sugar snaps peas, tomatoes, capsicum, avocado, haloumi, fresh pasta and vinaigrette. Yum! There was also fresh turmeric, ginger, buckets of kina, tamarillos and every sort of green vegetable and citrus available.

We staggered home from our north island foray with bags of citrus, capsicums, sweet as cherry tomatoes, lemon grass to plant, avocadoes and beautiful products from Clevedon Buffalo Cheese Co which were given to us by the delightful Helen, director of the Clevedon Farmers Market and co-owner of said company.

The trip was a huge success and very uplifting in so many ways. We visited seven markets in just two days and saw incredible diversity, passion and commitment to providing communities with good food. Markets by their very nature are people and community centred, rather than profit driven. The shared values that make this kind of model work makes for great vibes and a greater sense of wellbeing for all involved.

The road works continue (all around the city centre as it happens) so take care getting in and out of the market.

See you Saturday



This Week in the kitchen

Kate has brought her indulgence A game this week with this delightful beetroot and roasted cocoa flake brownie. Its gluten free, cane sugar free and it has a veggie in it! Surely that must make it guilt free too.
Regardless, pop by the kitchen this weekend to give it and her other recipes a go.

For a printable copy, click here

Sweet and sour red cabbage soup

Produce from Ettrick Gardens

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Stir fry vegetables with peanut sauce and rice noodles

Produce from BAY Rd Peanut Butter

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Parsnip, parsley and cheddar waffles served with tomato Kasundi

Produce from Ettrick Gardens The Port Larder

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Beetroot and roasted cocoa flake brownie

Produce from

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Dunford Grove


Fruit trees in the orchard showing the first signs of spring!  This is way too early- just what happened to the winter that wasn't?  We're scheduled to only start pruning the olive grove next week but fortunately the olives are months away from flowering.

Did you know?

Extra virgin olive oil is fairly nutritious. It contains modest amounts of Vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids. This is the nutrient content of 100 grams of olive oil:

  • Saturated fat: 13.8%.
  • Monounsaturated fat: 73% (most of it the 18 carbon long oleic acid).
  • Omega-6: 9.7%.
  • Omega-3: 0.76%.
  • Vitamin E: 72% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin K: 75% of the RDA.

But where extra virgin olive oil really shines is in its content of antioxidants. These substances are biologically active and some of them can help fight serious diseases. Some of the main antioxidants are the anti-inflammatory oleocanthal, as well as oleuropein, a substance that protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation 



Waikouaiti Gardens


We have new season packs of Vegetable plants - Broad Beans (1 variety), Broccoli (1), Brussel Sprouts (1), Cabbage (3), Cauliflower (2), Kale (3), Komatsuna (1), Lettuce (6 varieties including a mixed selection), Mizuna (1), Mustard (1), Pak Choy (1) Peas (5), Radicchio (1), Rocket (1), Silverbeet (2), Spinach (2), Spring Onions (1) and good selection Herbs.

Our range our plants will continue to grow in varieties over the coming weeks and this will include our selection of flowering annuals and perennials.


We also have a small selection of Certified Organic produce – Chard (beet), Coriander, Kale, Mizuna, Mustard & Spinach available.


Come and visit us next to Havoc Pork.


We look forward to seeing you at the Market and assisting you with your spring plant needs.


Holy Cow

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This week Holy Cow had our first calves of the new season.

This week we have:

  • Skim Milk
  • Full Fat Milk
  • Cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Flavoured yoghurts. Maple & Blackcurrant



Evansdale Cheese needs your help!

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We have been searching high and low for more "bio" packaging options and I can assure you it is not as easy as we thought. The 1st samples are ready to go and we would like you to come and see us at the Farmers Market, cast you gaze upon our ideas and pass on your thoughts, we welcome any comments. The containers and lids are plant based and the paper used to wrap some of the cheeses is a waxed paper. 

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you this Saturday.

Cheers-Pablo and the team.



La Crepe


Jam Of The Day: Green Gage Plum $5.50

Sweet Crepe: Pear & Chocolate Twist, Chocolate Sauce, Poached  Pear With Confectioner’s Custard $10 Or With Whipped Cream $9.50.

Savoury Crepe: Roasted Pumpkin & Onion With Or Without Feta (Vegan-Vegetarian) Or Caramelised Havoc Porc With Jerusalem Artichoke Japanese Style (Ginger, Garlic And Tamari Sauce) Or Wild Venison With Red Wine With Cheese Or Hummus And With Salad & Dressing Or Egg  $10



Community Stall - Zonta Club


The Zonta club of Dunedin-Otago Inc will be at the Farmers Market this weekend. We will be able to talk to anyone interested about Zonta International, and about our club in particular.

We work with Otago’s education sector to promote access to national and international scholarships managed by Zonta worldwide which support women studying in sectors as diverse as aerospace and business, as well as recognising young women who demonstrate commitment to public and civic causes. Our club also administers an annual $1,000 Woman in TertiaryEducation Scholarship which is open to students at Otago University and Otago Polytechnic in December each year.


Part of Zonta International’s vision is to ensure that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no women lives in fear of violence. Members are actively involved in the annual Say No To Violence Against Women campaign. The club has been a long-time supporter of The Sophie Elliott Foundation, which exists to raise the awareness of all.

We also have our own clubs book prizes each year to year 12-13 students. This years book “Only women in the room” why science is a boys club by Eileen Pollack


Havoc Pork

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Its an exciting time for Havoc Farm Pork and their great bronze award for their Best Middle Dry Cured meat at the NZ Pork Bacon and Ham Awards this year.

pop on by this weekend at the market to grab yourself some!


Ettrick Gardens

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12 Varieties Of Apples & Pear Varieties

Royal Gala, Aztec, Pacific Rose, Huaguan, Cox’s Orange, Pink Lady, Eve, Braeburn, Granny Smith & Sturmer Apples. Winter Nelis & Beurre Bosc Pears

Please note, we do not export, so we use less sprays j. We have reusable net produce bags available to buy so you do not have to use plastic bags.

Agria, Red Fantasy,  Red Ruby, Heather, Highlander, Jelly & Anushka Potatoes, Yams & Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cavolo Nero, Silverbeet, Daikon, Savoy Cabbage And Celery

Leeks, Beetroot, Coloured Carrots, Brightlights Silverbeet, Carrots, Frost Sweetened Parsnips, Gourmet Washed Potatoes, Jerusalem Artichokes, Bunched Carrots & Celeriac

Super Special’s This Week

Potatoes 5kg @ $6 (7 Varieties), Yams 500gm & 700gm Smls Only $4, Brussel Sprouts 500gm Only $3

Please Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags Or Boxes With You. Thank You We Are Now Single Use Shopping Bag Free.

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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Selwyn at the market this week sharpening.


Selwyn Shanks is back at the market this week sharpening all your pruning tools and firewood cutting tools, as well as scissors, knives and other everyday tools.

He will not be there in November so don't put it off!

Just visit his stall at the north end of the platform. Please be mindful how you transport your sharp objects.

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