May 122015

As always a big thank you for coming along to our market.

We hope you enjoyed your visit and all the wonderful produce you took home, or ate at the market.


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.

As special Thank You to Jo Banks for a great demonstration.


Our next market is 14th June and it’s Farmers’ Market Month.

It would be great to see you at one of our other markets before then.

17th May – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.

7th June – Elm Court and then 1st Sunday of every month.

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

Check back to see if you have won our voucher draw, last months prize was £1100

Would you like our newsletter and reminder email. Put reminder in the subject box and email

Or to get a text reminder, text T to 07557739903

We hope to see you all next month.

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May 052015

Tonbridge Farmers Market

Sunday 10th May 2015
May is Real Bread Month
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.

May at Tonbridge Farmers Market

Real Bread Month

Farmers’ Markets, especially in Kent are a great place to get real bread and tasty baked goodies.

This month why not visit the Hemings Bakehouse stall. Not only does Phil Hemings make some exceptional bread. His bakery in Staplehurst is on the same farm that produces a lot of his flour and the rape seed oil he uses in his baking. As he is up all night baking his stall is normally run by his Dad. Like a lot of the stalls at all Kent’s Farmers’ Markets it is a real family affair.

Also check out Eastcourt Manor, you can try some of their bread at the market eatery as a toasted sandwich, they also run baking courses.

This month, if you haven’t yet, try some real bread. You will be pleasantly surprised at the difference from the run of the mill mass produced fodder you may buy elsewhere.

You can find some of your favourite producers at our other markets in May and June.

Aylesford Farmers Market – Sunday 17th May

Elm Court – Sunday 7th June

Tonbridge Farmers Market Voucher Draw

And the winner is 33320

If you have this ticket, which is worth £1000 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 £1100.

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
Great Preservations
Jo’s Cakes
Kent Fine Foods

Kentish Pie Man
Love Chillies
Love Olives
Love Ecover
Naked and Ready
Nip from the Hip
Pinetrees Farm

Proper Tea Co
R & D Payne Plants
Sevenoaks Candle Co
Sussex Pies
Sylvia & Terry Chocolates
Winterdale Cheese Makers

What to buy in May at Tonbridge Farmers Market

Longer days with some warm spring sunshine means May is always an exciting month at the Farmers’ market as we start to see the first signs of the bounty of produce that will be with us in the coming months. Best of all there is wonderful local asparagus, one of the great treats of the season. A cool March and early April has kept the spears waiting in the ground but they will be pushing through the earth now ready for harvesting. So when you find the first spears available, buy them! Asparagus is at its sublime best when picked and cooked within hours, something easily achievable when bought locally at the market, unlike the supermarket version which may be several days old and have lost both the distinctive sweetness and tender texture as a result. Make the most of the delicate flavour by serving simply steamed with melted butter or hollandaise, or toss with crumbled local blue cheese, some toasted pine nuts and a simple rapeseed oil and lemon vinaigrette. 

Other spring vegetables are just starting to appear after the cold of the winter. Look out for tender little early Kentish new potatoes giving the Jerseys a run for their money. Leaves such as spinach, watercress, rocket and lettuces can now be found sitting alongside the last of this year’s main vegetable crop of purple sprouting broccoli, spring cabbage, cauliflower, spring greens, spring onions and radishes. Radishes, spring onions and samphire show that lighter eating is now an easy choice for the cook. The wealth of summer berries are still ahead of us but do continue to make the most of green outdoor rhubarb this month in crumbles, pies and fools. Or try making your own rhubarb jams and chutneys – the tart flavour of the fruit is ideal used this way, particularly if you add ginger as a flavouring. By the end of the month the earliest gooseberries should be available ready to pair up with their perfect partner – elderflowers. Just add a head or two of creamy white flowers (pick away from roads or sprayed fields and shake to remove bugs) to the gooseberries as they cook and lift out before serving.

Wild sea trout is one of the season’s great treats – smaller fish make a lovely meal for one. Lemon sole, cod, halibut and sea bass are all good at this time of year and shellfish fans should keep an eye out for razor clams and cockles. For meat eaters spring lamb will start to appear during the month – lambs are sold the year of their birth and the early season lamb is tender and fine flavoured. Look out for salt marsh lamb coming in at the end of the month, with its juicy meat and distinctive flavour. Roast and serve simply with new potatoes cooked in their skins with a sprig or two of fresh mint and samphire to enhance the salty tang to the flesh. To cook samphire just rinse and boil in water briefly – don’t add any more salt – then toss in a little local butter. The texture should be still crisp. Local reared beef and pork will be at their most succulent as the grazing starts to green up.

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 £1000 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 the awards.

Who would have thought our little market in Tonbridge could have become so successful.

Music at the Market

Back by popular demand we have Second Helpin. They will be playing at various times through out the event.

The Market Kitchen

This month at about 11.30am we have with us Jo Banks. She has many talents.

Working with Pampered Chef is just one. She also organises cooking parties, talks and teaches healthy eating and cooking.

You can find out more about her @JoBanks15

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- 07974508514


Our monthly charity stall

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, 17th May and the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Or at Elm Court Farmers Market, 7th June and the 1st Sunday of every month.

Next month is Farmers Market Month.

Future markets and events at the market will include.

  • 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.
  • 8th May 2016 Real Bread 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 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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