Tonbridge Farmers Market
Sunday 12th April 2015
April is The Big Curry
Kent’s Largest Farmers Market.
Second Sunday of every month
Sovereign Way, Tonbridge TN9 1RG
9.30am – 1.30pm
With over 80 stalls booked in already this month, Tonbridge is by far the biggest market in Kent.
April at Tonbridge Farmers Market
The Big Curry
This is the forth year we have supported the Big Curry. Last year we raised just under £100, let’s see if we can do a bit better this year.
The Big Curry is part of the Soldiers’ Benevolent Fund. A lot of the producers will be making special products for this market. It may be curried pickled onions, a curried sausage roll or even curry jam. If you buy any of these products a donation will be made to the charity.
Every year Love Chillies make curried picked onions. For every jar they sell, £1 is donated. Other producers will be making delicious goodies to curry the flavour of your taste buds.
This is a great charity, our soldiers are really suffering at the moment and you can help by eating great local produce.
For more information about The Big Curry visit www.bigcurry.org and www.soldierscharity.org.
She Who Bakes
We are very pleased to have the award winning Britt who is better known as “She Who Bakes” with us this Sunday at the demonstration kitchen. More later.
You can find some of your favourite producers at our other markets in March and April.
Aylesford Farmers Market – Sunday 19th April
Elm Court – Sunday 3rd May
Tonbridge Farmers Market Voucher Draw
And the winner is 29299
If you have this ticket, which is worth £900 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 £1000.
Selected producers* give their 1st 50 customers a draw ticket with purchases every month, hang on to them for the 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.
* Producers in the draw
Court Farm Butchers
Far Acre Farm Eggs
Kent Fine Foods
Kentish Pie Man
Naked and Ready
Nip from the Hip
Proper Tea Co
R & D Payne Plants
Sevenoaks Candle Co
Sylvia & Terry Chocolates
Winterdale Cheese Makers
What to buy in March at Tonbridge Farmers Market
Here’s April already and why not celebrate the Easter break and beyond with all kinds of good things in season now– oysters, venison, crab and early salads such as rocket and watercress are at their peak and other goodies are all starting to appear. Longer days with more light are stimulating growth, the lambs are gamboling in the fields and wild garlic is sprouting near steams and rivers. April still comes with a rather restricted choice of fresh seasonal produce to choose from, which makes it the perfect month to try some of the wonderful array of prepared and preserved products from talented producers across Kent and the south east.
Fish and seafood lovers will find sea bass, cod, halibut, cockles, mussels and scallops all at their finest now.
Meat If it’s still too early for your local lambs then at Easter and later in the month serve a wonderful joint of fine rare-breed beef or pork. For poultry look out for guinea fowl, whilst game dealers are selling venison, hare, rabbit and wood pigeon. You might want to try a fine game pie, either hot with plenty of savoury gravy, or in a magnificent raised pie perfect for an Easter picnic. If you don’t want to make your own, there are plenty of beautiful ready-made versions on offer.
Vegetables:-As the palette turns to lighter foods with the longer days, lettuces, spinach, watercress, cucumber and spring onions are starting to arrive, taking over from the brassicas such as cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages and kale, to satisfy the desire for salads. Foragers are out after wild garlic so buy it if you see it – the white flowers should still be in bud for the best flavour. Wrap the leaves around fish before baking, or shred the leaves and use in soups, pasta dishes and risottos.
Keep on cooking with rhubarb, now moving from the bright pink early forced variety marketed as champagne rhubarb into the darker and more sour outdoor version. Rhubarb is a versatile fruit that works in both sweet and savoury dishes but do make sure you add the right amount of sugar to balances the sour. A really good rhubarb fool is a seasonal pleasure, especially when made with local cream as the new grass is starting to add richness to the dairy produce, maybe flavoured with ginger. And local apples are still good as the storing varieties keep well into this month.
The Market Eatery
We have a fabulous selection of food at the Market Eatery. You can sit in our covered area, have a chat, watch the band or the cooking demo’s. Or if you are around at 10.30 see if you’ve won in the £900 prize in the market draw. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can also be purchased. Supplying us all these mouth watering treats include:-
Balm’s Noddle Stall. Tasty authentic Thai noddles
Jo’s Cakes. Tea, coffee and of course, cakes, baked just down the road in Halling.
Kay’s Street Food Kitchen. Breakfast Baps and much more.
Little Brittany. French Crepes with a local twist.
Pinetrees Farm. Award winning Cider & Apple Juice
Sukoo Sukoo. Traditional Indian food. To eat at the market or to take home.
Sussex Wild Food. Burgers & sausages in rolls. Wild boar, venison, pork & beef.
Taste of Kent Awards
A great time was had by all at the Taste of Kent Awards this year. Although a lot of our producers were finalists. We didn’t have any winners this year, but in our eyes all our producers are winners.
Court Farm Butchery
The Kentish Pieman
Dudda’s tun Cider
Pinetress Farm Apple Juice
To top the awards evening off our other market at Aylesford won Farmers Market of the Year.
Music at the Market
Back by popular demand we have Move over Dali. They will be playing at various times through out the event.
The Market Kitchen
Do try and be around when “She Who Bakes”, with a lot of flair, will be doing one of her famous baking demons. She should be on stage at 10 & 11.30am, it will be worth watching.
Jane from the Fat Carrot will be cooking live on stage, enlightening us about vegetarian
food & cooking.
As always we will have Matthew Kearsey-Lawson from Kent Fine Foods
will be show casing some of his fabulous goodies in a variety of dishes.
John the Baker will be baking something special. If you want him to show you anything in particular let him know and he will try and demo it next month.
He is still very busy doing group demonstrations in customer’s homes. If you like the idea
of this his contact details are-
Our monthly charity stall
They need no introduction, it will be great to see them again.
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 April and the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Or at Elm Court Farmers Market, 3rd May and the 1st Sunday of every month.
Next month is Real Bread Month .
Future markets and events at the market will include.
- 10th May 2015 Real Bread Month
- 14th June 2015 Our 4th Birthday & it’s Kent Farmers Market Month
- 12th 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.
- 15th November 2015 Love Cheese. A celebration of local cheese.
- 13th December 2015 Christmas Drinks Special. Local drinks to make your Christmas go off with a bang
- 10th January 2016 Farmhouse Breakfast Market
- 14th February 2016 Scallop Sunday
- 13th March 2016 Seedy Sunday and Marmalade Month
- 10th April 2016 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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