Apr 142014

As always a big thank you for visiting us.

We hope you enjoyed your visit and also enjoy cooking and eating all the wonderful produce you took home.

Thanks too for supporting The Big Curry.

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 11th May and it’s Real Bread Month.

It would be great to see you at one of our other markets before then.
20th April – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.
4th May – Elm Court and then 1st Sunday of every month.

And please, keep it fresh, keep it local, keep it Kent.
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Apr 072014

Tonbridge Farmers Market

13th April and it’s The Big Curry.

Second Sunday of every month

Sovereign Way, Tonbridge TN9 1RG

9.30am – 1.30pm

With over 65 stalls booked in already this month, it is going to be the biggest market in Kent.


The Big Curry at the April Market

This will be the Thrd time the market has supported The Big Curry at Tonbridge. The producers always get behind this event.

The Big Curry is part of the Soldier 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 favour 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.

So what should you be buying and eating this April? As the palate turns to lighter foods with the longer days, lettuces, spinach, watercress, cucumber and spring onions are appearing, taking over from the brassicas such as cauliflower, cabbages and kale, to satisfy the desire for salads. If you spot wild garlic use it to wrap the leaves around fish before baking, or shred the leaves and use in soups, pasta dishes and risottos.

Fish lovers will find sea bass, cod, halibut, cockles, mussels and scallops all on offer.

Gary from Enterprise Fisheries should have plenty, most from day boats that sail out of Hastings.

A whole salmon is a good choice for an Easter meal as is sea trout and both are well worth the extra expense for a special occasion. Bake whole wrapped in foil with butter and herbs and serve simply with a home made hollandaise sauce.

At Easter serve a wonderful joint of fine rare-breed beef or pork (or wild boar) or spring lamb if available from our award winning butchers, Court Farm Produce.

For poultry look out for Guinea fowl, whilst VJ Game are selling venison, wild boar, 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. If you don’t want to make your own, there are plenty of beautiful ready-made versions on offer. You should go and see Barbara from the Sussex Pie Company or Michael from the award winning Dine Thyme.

Keep on cooking with rhubarb, which should be available from Pine Trees Farm, 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 balance 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.

Taste of Kent Awards

We were runners up along with Rochester in the Farmers Market of the Year, the winner was the wonderful Cliftonville, so well done to them.

But our producers did very well this year, they swept the board, congratulations to all of them.

Court Farm are Kent Butcher of the year.

Kent Fine Foods are Artisan Food Producer of Year.

Winterdale Cheesemakers are winners in the Dairy Class, Kent Product of the Year.

Samover are the winner in the Bakery & Confectionery Class, Kent Product of the Year.

Duddas Tun Cider won Best Kent Cider or Perry.

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. He’s been busy for the last few weeks mixing dough with marmalades, I’m sure his offerings will be very tasty.

Need a private baking lesson? …just pick up one of his business cards.

There is a rumour on the tomato vine that George the Campervan chef will be on the stage in full cooking mode.

Who knows what could happen?

Our monthly charity stall

This months Charity is Hospice in the Weald

The stall will be run by the Hospice in the Weald, Tonbridge Shop.

Do please come and support them, they offer a wonderful service from their base in Pembury.

If you follow us on twitter you may be able to help them raise some money.

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, 20th April and the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Elm Court Farmers Market, 4th May and the 1st Sunday of every month.

Future markets and events at the market will include.

  • 11th May 2014 Real Bread Month
  • 8th June 2014 Our 3rd Birthday
  • 13th July 2014 A Berry Bonanza
  • 10th August 2014
  • 14th September 2014 A Jam Jamboree – Summer on a Spoon
  • 12th October 2014 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.
  • 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.

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



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