This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

9th July 2022

Hi there

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It’s sure to be a busy weekend with the Irish & All Blacks here, the Midwinter Carnival & all the visitors to town – we will have plenty of food, drink & grocery items at the Market Saturday morning from 8am so come on down – just remember your warm raincoat and you will be fine! 

I’d like to say a very big thank you to so many of you that voted for us a few months back – thanks to you, Otago Farmers Market have won the People’s Choice Outstanding NZ Farmers Market for 2022. (We won in 2017, 2019 & 2020 so it’s great to have this title back in the South again!).  You are what make our vendors turn up week after week in all kinds of weather to greet you with their bounty from the Otago region.

I had the pleasure of getting to Wellington this week (my first flight for a year anywhere!) to attend the annual Farmers Market NZ Conference – great to hear how other authentic farmers markets have coped this last year, we seem to be a fairly resilient bunch but it hasn’t been easy for anyone, but getting fresh, wholesome food to our communities is so crucial in these times – eating & growing local food is a large part of an authentic farmers market.  We had guest speakers zoom in from the States & Melbourne + locally.  Having discussions with NZ farmers market managers & our guests – all the same issues come up.  I am pleased to now be part of the small executive team at Farmers Market NZ (FMNZ) this year to lend a voice from Otago & help see our organisation of farmers markets around New Zealand flourish & prosper further for the good of all New Zealanders. 

It will be great to have fresh local pasta & sauces available again up on the platform with Run Rabbit Pasta back again after their European & UK adventures for the last couple of months.  Check them out if you haven’t tried before – they have gluten free options as well. 

Remember your keep cup, return jars & containers to keep the ReUse cycle loop working & bags for vegies, fruit & even bread. Look out for our ReUse posters on vendors stalls that can accept their packaging back.  It is Plastic Free July (& beyond!), every little change we do helps if we do it regularly. 

If you have an overlocker sewing machine at home & are keen to volunteer to sew up some simple pre-cut recycled produce bags, please let me know - Michele Driscoll  Pat Johnston, a long-time Market volunteer, has been busy sewing up material bags in any free moments she has, but it would be really helpful to have others to share the load. She can pre-cut recycled material ready for you to collect.  We plan to give the completed produce bags away to some of our customers at the Market before winter is over to help reduce pre-bagged items at the Market.  Eventually (but sooner rather than later!) it will lessen any desire to have so much pre-bagged items of fruit & vege at the Market.  Another bonus is it tends to keep everything fresher longer and of course they are reusable & re-washable. 

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, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in our SHOP NOW button on our website

Vendor Highlights – Tartan Sari.  Danielle Culling’s enterprising spirit & her love of family traditions is evident - she has had to adapt to her local environment & in a sustainable way.  Danielle is the second generation to be in the ‘pickle business’ as her parents would say growing up.  Secret family pickle recipes were passed down from her grandparents who moved to Kenya, East Africa from Goa in the 1940’s.  (Danielle’s great aunt put her grandparents’ recipes onto paper).  Danielle’s parents met in Scotland & moved to London where they sold the family pickles into retail, summer fairs & Goan festivals in the UK. They continued this for many years. Danielle met her Dunedin husband over there and she has lived in New Zealand for the last 16 years with a career in teaching and other small businesses. Her love of making the family pickles for friends & colleagues helped create a new business as they urged her to sell them.  Lucky us!

Tartan Sari pickles are steeped in tradition from her Goan heritage.  As a migrant Danielle is savvy in adapting to her local natural environment. She makes do with what we have here in New Zealand & uses Ceres organic spices, etc. She utilizes produce from the Otago Farmers Market & supplements chillies and zucchini from her new hot house at Tomahawk Beach, Ocean Grove here in Ōtepoti.  Always looking to use local product, the original aubergine pickle recipe became her award-winning zucchini pickle (recently getting silver at the Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards).  The range continues to expand with popular products like the tomato, carrot, orange & lemon, lime a fresh green coconut coriander chutney (seasonal), curry paste and apple (made with granny smith apples from Rosedale Orchard).  They are all made as small batch and are handcrafted - once tried you will have your favourites.  As part of Danielle’s sustainability ethos, everything is packaged in her own attractive reusable jars where customers are encouraged to return jars back for a discount on next purchase (she says her customers are pretty good at returning these back).  All her branding includes an easy to see chilli level rating & her social media is always engaging & active.  All products are vegan & she has expanded into some speciality retail spaces.  Recipes are kept as consistent as possible around seasonal produce (she has suggested curry recipe handouts as well for her customers for inspiration).  Her stall always looks clean, attractive & contemporary.  Danielle always fronts up each week with that wide smile & encourages you to taste her range which are great on crackers & also added to your cooking to add depth of flavour & varying heat.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only. 

We encourage MASK use & respecting everyone’s space within the Market please.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market!  Rug up & enjoy the weekend. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager


This Week in the kitchen

I found some Moroccan style recipes in the archives this week that make great use of the readily available fresh produce from the market. The recipes are low maintenance and perfect for busy schedules. I look forward to seeing you at the market this week!  

(Bella - Assistant Manager) 

Moroccan Lentil and Silverbeet Soup

Produce from Oamaru Organics Ettrick Gardens Caithness Farm Ltd Dunford Grove Rosedale Orchard

View Recipe


Produce from Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Dunford Grove Oamaru Organics

View Recipe


Produce from Willowbrook Orchard Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard

View Recipe

Who Ate All the Pies?

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Thanks to everybody’s ongoing support during these testing times and so as a nod to the USA’s recent July 4th celebrations, we’ve made our version of a ‘Spicy Pumpkin Pie‘ that will serve 4-6 people. Serve with thickened cream, ice cream or my choice custard! $8.50 each or $7.00 with any family pie or family pie deal - very moorish you’ll be glad you did! 😁

Also; as we’re here, we thought many of you may be interested in the following: You may not be aware but we make lots of pies with wine or beer in them and the alcohol comes via Prenzel in Blenheim in 20-litre drums, which double up nicely as a water container - They’re ideal for your trips to the local brewery spring water tap, your next camping trip or even a fresh drinking water strategy for the next Armageddon!! Free to a good home, just ask, but we hope you might buy one of our pies as a thank-you 😉 but no pressure - we hope to run this for the next few weeks - we’ve 70-80 in total to pass on and some will need a rinse! Come grab yours - it’s got your name on it Best wishes Steven & Team


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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Buy direct from the grower!!!
Better quality at a better price!!!
Spray-free silverbeet & brightlights silverbeet, only $2.50 per bunch 😊
Spray-free leeks only $2.50 each
Spray-free beetroot - round or cylindra, gold or candy only $2.50 per kilo
Frost sweetened yams & parsnips
Spray-free Jerusalem artichokes, and daikon (Japanese radish)

New seasons apples: Royal Gala, Pink Lady, co Ambrosia, and Pacific Beauty Apples
Granny Smith, Pacific Rose, Eve, Braeburn & Fuji

Heritage varieties: Sturmer, Cox’s Orange, Red and Golden Delicious.

New seasons pears: Taylors Gold, Winter Nelis, Doyenne du Comice, and Beurre Bosc

Chillies (soil grown)
Spray-free spinach
Spray-free red & green cabbage

Potatoes: Agria, Red Fantasy, Highlander, Lily Rose & Jelly
Coloured carrots and orange carrots
Spray-free pumpkins & squash
Shallots & garlic
Spray-free kale & cavolo nero
Most of our vegetables are spray-free
Frozen free-flow raspberries, boysenberries, tayberries, blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants.
Boysenberry special – 1 kg @ $15 “or” 2 kg for $25!!!
Our courier-to-your-door service is still available anytime.
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.


No.8 Distillery

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I will be up on the platform with our award winning little Ouzo. I 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


Marie's Plant Based Food Specials:

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


Free Delivery for order of $30 minimum in town.

Email or text 0225228599.

Make sure you have all the goodies for the next 2 weeks as we will be away next Saturday (16th July). We have a new luxurious low sugar jam mix: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry. Also, it will probably be your last chance to have our pumpkin curry sauce with your tempeh burger as we have a new sauce coming soon!

See you at the market. Marie   



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

- *Kimchi - mild, medium, or hot is available, please let me know which one you would like – $14 for 380g

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


- #Daikon MEDIUM/HOT KIMCHI STYLE - $14.50 for 360g

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

-#Carrots, #celery, ginger, turmeric - $15 for 360g

- Sweet potato, #cauliflower, beetroot & lemon grass - $15 for 360g 

                                  * organic # spray free 

FRESH TEMPEH: Spray free NZ soybean, organic quinoa & black sesame seed. Freshly made every week from different beans, cereal, and seeds. 1 packet (225g) for $8 / 2 packets for $15 - enquire if would like more information.


270g jar for $6: Strawberry, quince, 1 mix: gooseberry, pear and banana, 1 mix: plum & blueberry,  

310g/340g jar for $7 or $8: Peach, plum, apricot, feijoa, rhubarb, nectarine, 1 mix: pear & raspberry. NEW: Gooseberry, peach & raspberry


SPECIALApricot low sugar jam, vegan custard &

roasted 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, curry pumpkin or tomato and olive sauce, and add some of my popular kimchi, sauerkraut, or purple pickled vegetable. They all have an organic & fresh tempeh patty, green salad, sprouts, and mayonnaise.



We encourage MASK USE at the Market currently.

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

Please respect the 1mt distancing rule between all vendors, staff & customers at the market.

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

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Cash still accepted.

Please be PATIENT & RESPECT each other’s space.

Please bring your coffee keep cups, etc with you & bottle / jar returns, etc, these are always accepted & encouraged.


Community Stall at Gates: Concert for Ukraine

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This Ukraine benefit concert is a response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine where the war is leaving millions of people in need of urgent help.  Many refugees have no knowledge of when, or if, they will return home and even more Ukrainians have been internally displaced.
The Cellists of OtagoCafé Operana and other artists, together with City Choir Dunedin and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, are all donating their talent and time for the people of the Ukraine.
Come and enjoy a concert for the benefit of Ukraine! Admission is free. Koha is appreciated (managed by NZ Red Cross). 

Volunteers at the Market gates will have information for this future concert.


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