Oct 082014

Tonbridge Farmers Market

Sunday 12th October

and it’s Pink Sunday

Second Sunday of every month

Sovereign Way, Tonbridge TN9 1RG

9.30am – 1.30pm

With over 65 stalls booked in already this month, Tonbridge is by far the biggest market in Kent.

October at Tonbridge Farmers Market

Pink Sunday

Tonbridge Farmers Market turns Pink for October

October is Pink Friday month so Tonbridge Farmers Market will be organising Pink Sunday.

All our customers can do their bit to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and it won’t cost them a penny.

Any of our customers who come to the market dressed in pink, the pinker the better, will get 10% of all their purchase prices, from all 65 producers, donated to the charity.

There will also be collection boxes around the market and some of the producers will also be doing their own fund raising.

This is the fourth year the market has done this and last year we raised just over £250 and would like to do better this year.

Market Manager Steve Wood said “This is a great cause and also gives us a good excuse to dress up in pink. The more people that come in pink, the more money we raise. Our producers can get very busy now we have over 2000 visitors every month so do make sure they notice you have got your pink gear on. We hope to do better than last year when the weather was atrocious”.

Tonbridge Farmers Market Voucher Draw

And the winner is 6021

If you have this ticket, which is worth £300 of vouchers, you must notify us at the market by 10am this Sunday. If the ticket is not presented by10am at the market the prize will be rolled over.

There’s £100 worth of vouchers to be won each month & the draw will be held at 10.30am on Sunday. If it’s a roll-over it could be worth £400.

Selected producers will give you a raffle ticket with purchases this month, hang on to them for next month’s draw and you could win a minimum £100 worth of shopping vouchers for the market.

Find out if you have won at the market after the draw at 10.30 or on any of our reminder services.

What to buy in October at Tonbridge Farmers Market

The summer is now well and truly over when it comes to what we are eating. But the bounty of the year’s incredible harvest is now with us so it’s the month to rediscover the delights of colder weather eating with all the wonderful ingredients at our disposal. And where better to find the best food around than at Tonbridge Farmer’s Market?

Fresh fruit and vegetables are still plentiful and very good quality – and winter varieties are even improved by a touch of frost. Onions, leeks, beetroot, carrots and tomatoes are all full of flavour at this time of year whilst the wonderful array of squashes and pumpkins offer so much more for the cook than merely lanterns for Halloween. Try them baked with cream and spices or in risottos and curries. Do have look at the Pumpkin stall by the entrance. Root vegetables such as parsnip, swede and celeriac are all wonderful roasted or mashed and perfect with new season’s game. Use them in soups, stews, bakes and pickles for rich seasonal colour and taste, Whitegates Farm & Viv’s Veg will have a great selection.

This year’s fruit season is one of the best seasons for decades so make sure you don’t miss out on all the best local apples and pears from Pinetrees Farm. The later ripening varieties are good for keeping so you will be able to enjoy from now until next summer. Make into pies, crumbles and cakes or try baked with spices and brown sugar. Who needs imported varieties when we have the best in the world here at home in the Garden of England?
Much of our seafood is at its best caught from colder waters so as the sea temperature drops this month, fish just gets better and better. Sea bass, haddock and Dover sole will be fishing well whilst you can find some of the finest seafood caught off the coast of Kent and Sussex, and it’s all available from Gary from RX fisheries. Remember the better the quality of the fish, the simpler it needs to be cooked. Smoked fish, especially if done by your fishmonger to his own recipe, is great at this time of year – try smoked haddock in a creamy chowder or hot smoked salmon in a winter salad or a potato gratin.

October 1st sees the start of the pheasant-shooting season but early birds can be expensive so try partridge, grouse, wild duck and rabbit. Talk to VJ Game, they are the experts. All are excellent partnered with autumn greens and creamy mashed roots. Mother Nature really is very clever and ensures that the season’s finest ingredients all go so well together!
There’s lots of other great produce all around our market so do please feel free to have a good rummage around.

Music at the Market

We have Second Helpin with us at the market this month and if all goes to plan it should be on from 10.30-11.00 & 12.30-1.00pm.

The Market Kitchen

Lots going on at the Kitchen this month.

Matthew Kearsey-Lawson from Kent Fine Foods is doing some wonderful stuff with his own and other products.

We will also have John the Baker giving us an insight into baking. I’m sure his offerings will be very tasty.

Need a private baking lesson? …just pick up one of his business cards or contact him

@BakerJohnKent 07974 508514

George @campervanchef will be doing something interesting as always.

George does run a catering company, so if you like what he does have a word.

A multitude of other things could happen during the day, so do stick around.

Kathy @kathiespickles from Great Preservations will be doing a demo as well.

Our monthly charity stall

This month we have the Hospice in the Weald, Tonbridge Shop. They always do well so do please support them.
The market gives a free pitch to a charity each month, so please contact us if you would like to take advantage of this. These pitches are going quite quickly so do please get in touch if you are interested.

By supporting your local markets you are supporting small and micro businesses, the backbone of the economic recovery.

If you need a bigger fix of Farmers Markets and local produce please come and see us at

Aylesford Farmers Market at the Priory, 19th October and the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Elm Court Farmers Market, 2nd November and the 1st Sunday of every month.

Please don’t forget next month is Love Cheese, so lets get cheesy.

Future markets and events at the market will include.

9th November 2014 Love Cheese. A celebration of local cheese.

14th December 2014 Christmas Drinks Special. Local drinks to make your Christmas go off with a bang

12th January 2015 Farmhouse Breakfast Market

8th February 2015 Scallop Sunday

8th March 2015 Seedy Sunday and Marmalade Month

12th April 2015 The Big Curry. With the help of our customers some of the producers are raising money for the Big Curry which is part of the Soldiers Benevolent Fund.

11th May 2015 Real Bread Month

14th June 2015 Our 4th Birthday & it’s Kent Farmers Market Month

13th July 2015 A Berry Bonanza

9th August 2015 The Chilli Circus

13th September 2015 A Jam Jamboree – Summer on a Spoon

11th October 2015 Pink Sunday. Raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Customers dressed in something pink will have 10% of all the money they spend today donated to this cause. And lots more pink stuff.

You can now follow what the market is up to on Twitter @TonbridgeFmMrkt , Facebook and Flickr. Follow the links from our website.

Customers wishing to get a reminder for the market can do so by emailing steve@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk and just put “reminder” in the subject box or for a text reminder, text “Tonbridge” to 07557739903.

Photos. We now have a good selection. You can view these on our flickr page,


Contact details are

Steve Wood 07876 685853



 October 8, 2014  Posted by at 3:37 pm Tagged with:  Comments Off
Sep 152014

As always a big thank you for visiting us.

We hope you enjoyed your visit and also enjoy cooking and eating the wonderful produce you took home.
Did you enjoy the band or the cooking demonstrations, let us know.
What about the Dragon Boat Racing, did you see it? Did you like it? Were you in it? Let us know.

Hang on to your draw tickets if you were given some. You may win a £100 worth of vouchers in our draw which will take place next month at 10.30am.
You can always follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook. Please post your comments, photos & recipes, we would love to hear from you.

Our next market is 12th October and it’s Pink Sunday. If you wear something pink you will be helping us raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

It would be great to see you at one of our other markets before then.
21st September – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.
5th October – Elm Court and then 1st Sunday of every month.

And please, keep it fresh, keep it local, keep it Kent.
 September 15, 2014  Posted by at 10:47 am Tagged with:  Comments Off