Tonbridge Farmers Market
Sunday 14th June 2015
June is Kent Farmers’ Market Month & it’s our 4th Birthday
at Kent’s Largest Farmers Market.
Second Sunday of every month
Sovereign Way, Tonbridge TN9 1RG
9.30am – 1.30pm
With over 85 stalls booked in already this month, Tonbridge is by far the biggest market in Kent.
June at Tonbridge Farmers Market
It’s Kent Farmers’ Market Month & our 4th Birthday
With a bumper harvest of asparagus to enjoy and excellent growing conditions across the county for seasonal produce, the bounty of the early summer is starting to appear at Tonbridge and the other local markets.
Growers and producers are at full stretch as we lead up to the summer solstice in the latter half of the month, and the fruits of their labours should now be in glorious evidence.
This June is Kent Farmers Market Month and as well as us, many of the county’s markets will be holding special events – tastings, cookery demonstrations, local craft displays and much more – so that you can sample the very best that the Garden of England has to offer.
As regulars know well, we have far more to offer than just traditional fruit, vegetables and meat. We have everything from fresh fish and game to a wide range of ready prepared dishes and ingredients such as pasta sauces, handmade chocolates, vegetarian dishes and wonderful cakes and breads. And the benefits of buying locally at a market are enormous! Not only will you get the chance to taste before you buy so you know exactly what you are getting but as you are buying direct from the producer, you can talk to them about how the produce was grown or made. And most will be able to give you storing and cooking tips so you can really make the most of your purchase.
Remember that because you are buying locally and seasonally, pricing is competitive with the supermarkets and often cheaper so don’t fall for the idea that markets are an expensive luxury.
You can find some of your favourite producers at our other markets in June and July.
Aylesford Farmers Market – Sunday 21st June
Elm Court – Sunday 5th July
Tonbridge Farmers Market Voucher Draw
And the winner is 37723
If you have this ticket, which is worth £1100 of vouchers, you must notify us at the market by 10am this Sunday. If the ticket is not presented by 10am 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 £1200.
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
Fat Carrot, The
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 June at Tonbridge Farmers Market
The vaguaries of the weather are nowhere more in evidence than with the asparagus crop at this time of year. This year cutting started in late April and, with an exceptionally good season in full flow, this great British vegetable is still with us. Eat your local asparagus traditionally steamed with melted butter or griddle the spears on the barbecue brushed with rapeseed oil until tender then scattered with shavings of a sharp hard cheese such as Winterdale Shaw, or maybe Kentish Bluebell or tart fresh goat’s cheese crumbled over. Try the spears in soups, vegetable gratins or make into a perfect risotto paired with the first tender broad beans (freshly picked little pods can be enjoyed whole) and fresh green peas. Stir in a herb butter at the end of cooking once the grains are tender (just whizz butter up in a blender – mint, parsley, basil and chives). Other veg to look out for are crisp radishes, spring onions, spinach, and of course new potatoes. There are also early cucumbers, broad and runner beans, spinach and courgettes, alongside all kinds of salad leaves now in season. It’s also the ideal time to plant out ‘ready to plant’ herbs and summer bedding plants.
The long days and the warmth also herald the start of the great English soft fruit season with strawberries now appearing as the month progresses – one of the great advantages of local markets is the chance to try some of the finer flavoured varieties, rather than the more robust berries grown to withstand the rigours of the supermarket supply chain that may not have the same flavour. A cool start to the year has meant early strawberries might be slower to appear than last year but they will have benefited from a slower growing period for flavour. Ditto the finest local cherries (Kentish cherries are justifiably world famous), gooseberries and early raspberries. A favourite way to serve raspberries, cherries and strawberries is to crush them slightly, sprinkle with a little Kentish cherry brandy or something from Nip from the Hip and sugar then leave to macerate for an hour. Serve spooned over local vanilla ice cream.
Spring lamb is now at its very finest now and a boned-out shoulder or leg is perfect on the barbecue or simply roasted and served with baby new potatoes and minted broad beans and peas. Look out for salt marsh lamb this month – perfect with buttered samphire. On the fish front it really has to be mackerel – bought silvery fresh from the market and cooked the same day to enjoy at its very best. Try it the traditional way for the month – grilled and served with a tart gooseberry sauce. Also good this month are lobster, plaice, sardines and clams.
If your plan is the perfect picnic. Fill your basket with locally made cheeses, pates, maybe a raised pie or Scotch egg. Then just add a loaf of artisan bread baked that day, some chutney or relish, a bag of cherries and maybe a punnet of strawberries and you are all set. A bottle or two of a local beer or chilled white wine and you have the makings of a feast….
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 £1100 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
Cherry Berry Co. Freshly squeezed juice.
Eastcourt Manor. Toasted sandwiches made with their own bread.
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.
Farm Shop & Deli Awards
We went to Birmingham a couple of weeks ago to collect an award. This one we are
particularly proud of.
Tonbridge Farmers Market won best food market in the Country. Now that’s an accolade.
This really is down to you for supporting the market, because without you, the customer’s,
the market would just not work.
This was a judged award, so we would like to thank Nigel Barden, who judged us. You
may have heard him on Radio London or Radio Two with Simon Mayo. We would also like
to thank the Farm Shop & Deli Show for hosting the awards and Olives et al for sponsoring
Who would have thought our little market in Tonbridge could have become so successful.
Music at the Market
Back by popular demand we have Chris & Graham. They will be playing at various times through out the event.
The Market Kitchen
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
This month we have Hospice in the Weald with us. They will be around the market with their collection buckets. Please give them something, the Hospice does a wonderful job.
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, 21st June and the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Or at Elm Court Farmers Market, 5th July and the 1st Sunday of every month.
Next month is A Berry Bonanza and we have with us the Hartley Morris Men.
Future markets and events at the market will include.
- 12th July 2015 A Berry Bonanza & Hartley Morris Men
- 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.
- 8th May 2016 Real Bread Month
- 12th June 2016 Our 5th Birthday & it’s Kent Farmers Market Month.
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