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TONBRIDGE FARMERS MARKET

2nd Sunday every month

A vibrant, friendly &award winning market

Thanks

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.

We hope you enjoyed the Morris Dancers & all the other entertainment.


 

Our next market is 9th August and it’s The Chilli Circus.

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

19th July – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.

2nd August – 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 £1300

Would you like our newsletter and reminder email. Put reminder in the subject box and email info@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Or to get a text reminder, text T to 07557739903

We hope to see you all next month.

Farmers market 12th July

Tonbridge Farmers Market

Sunday 12th July 2015

It’s a Berry Bonanza and a Morris Spectacular 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.


July at Tonbridge Farmers Market

Gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and lots of rarer berries will be available at the market & all the other markets across Kent. It’s a great time to be a berrytarian.
Also this month as part of The Tonbridge Arts Festival we have with us the Hartley Morris Men and friends. Whatever time you come to the market there should be some morris men doing their thing. This will be going on for the whole duration of the market.
The Bridge Trust who are our charity stall this month also have their Summer Fair at the Rose & Crown. 11am-4pm.
Thank you so much for that support, and may your draw ticket win every month.


You can find some of your favourite producers at our other markets in July and August.
Aylesford Farmers Market – Sunday 19th July
Elm Court – Sunday 2nd August.


Tonbridge Farmers Market Voucher Draw

And the winner is 41198
If you have this ticket, which is worth £1200 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 £1300.
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 & Ready
Pinetrees Farm
Nip from the Hip
The Proper Tea Co
R & D Payne Plants
Sevenoaks Candle Co
Sussex Pies
Sylvia & Terry Chocolates
Winterdale Cheese Makers

What to buy in July at Tonbridge Farmers Market

The countryside is basking in the sunshine of high summer and now’s the perfect time to indulge in some wonderful locally grown produce – there really is no better way to enjoy any precious warm days than with a locally sourced feast of summer foods. At this time of year everything is so good, you can follow the “less is more” precept and keep preparation and cooking to the minimum.

Amongst an abundance of produce at this month’s market, you’ll find tender BROAD BEANS (freshly picked little pods can be enjoyed whole), fresh GREEN PEAS, radishes, beetroot, spring onions, spinach, and of course, new potatoes. Cucumbers, beans, both French and runner, and courgettes should be there alongside all kinds of salad leaves and great bunches of fresh herbs.
The slow cooler start to the season has been good for STRAWBERRIES, especially now that the weather is warming up to ripen the fruit – so indulge yourself with the best of the British summer fruit all at its peak this month. You’ll discover a completely different experience from the pale imitations that can be found all year round in supermarkets, varieties grown for flavour rather than ease of transport and keeping qualities. Serve with rich golden pouring cream from cattle fed on the lush summer grass and a sprinkling of sugar – add a grinding of black pepper to really enhance the flavour. And don’t miss out on CHERRIES with the season now in full swing (Kentish cherries are justifiably world famous), gooseberries, black and REDCURRANTS, and wonderful raspberries. This is the month for jam makers and you don’t have to make huge vats of the stuff – just a few jars are incredibly satisfying to produce in your home kitchen, taste marvellous and make wonderful gifts.

Grass-fed summer LAMB is now at its very finest and, as a more fatty meat than some (giving it the meat flavour and keeps it from drying out), is ideal for the BBQ. A boned-out leg or shoulder can be marinated overnight and cooks perfectly in under an hour. On the fish front CORNISH SARDINES are all the rage now – as they should be as another barbecue choice. And look out for mackerel – bought silvery fresh from the market and cooked the same day to enjoy at its very best. Midsummer is a great time to enjoy CRAB – all you need to make a feast is to serve dressed crab with simply buttered new potatoes and good mayonnaise, home made if possible. Serve with a chilled glass of one of the excellent English white wines that are now coming onto the market.

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 £1200 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,
& as a special treat The Thomas Cookie Co will heat up one of their great cookies for you.
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-
07974508514
@bakerjohnkent
Also becoming a regular at the kitchen is Paolo from Kent Collection. He is Michelin trained and does some wonderful stuff with the Charcuterie that his company makes. Call by his stall to see if he is doing a demo. It will be worth watching and tasting.

Our monthly charity stall

This month we have The Bridge Trust 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, 19th July and the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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

Next month is The Chilli Circus.

Future markets and events at the market will include.
• 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.
• 10th July 2016 A Berry Bonanza & Hartley Morris Men
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,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonbridgefarmersmarket/
Contact details are
Steve Wood 07876 685853
steve@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk
www.tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Thanks very much

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 The Fat Carrot & The Kent Collection for a great demonstration.

Our next market is 12 July. We have Morris Men as does the rest of Tonbridge & it’s A Berry Bonanza, Summer on a Spoon.

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

21st June – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.

5th July – 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 £1200

Would you like our newsletter and reminder email. Put reminder in the subject box and email info@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Or to get a text reminder, text T to 07557739903

We hope to see you all next month.

Farmers Market 14th June

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
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<
Puszedli
R & D Payne Plants
Sevenoaks Candle Co
Sussex Pies
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

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 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-

07974508514

@bakerjohnkent


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 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,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonbridgefarmersmarket/

Contact details are

Steve Wood 07876 685853

steve@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

www.tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Thanks, again

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 info@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Or to get a text reminder, text T to 07557739903

We hope to see you all next month.

Thanks, again.

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 She Who Bakes for a great demonstration. Next month at the demo kitchen we have Jo Banks, more about what she will be doing later.


 

Our next market is 10th May and it’s Real Bread Month.

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

19th April – Aylesford Priory and then 3rd Sunday of every month.

3rd May – 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 £1000


 

Would you like our newsletter and reminder email. Put reminder in the subject box and email info@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

Or to get a text reminder, text T to 07557739903

We hope to see you all next month.

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Tonbridge Farmers

Market 12th May and then……

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,


Thanks to everyone who came & supported our market. Our next local food extravaganza will be on 12th May.

It would be great to see you there. Please stop by our web site for more details nearer the time or why not follow us on twitter @TonbridgeFmMrkt
We also run a market at Elm Court  on the 1st Sunday of every month.
A new market is starting in July on the 3rd Sunday of every month at Aylesford Priory.

It’s “love your local market” at our markets in May.


Taste of Kent awards

Tonbridge Farmers Market was a runner up this year.

But a lot of our producers were winners.

  • Dine Thyme won Best Kent Product, Prepared food, for their Quail Egg Pie
  • Duddas Tun Cider won Best Kentish Cider
  • Kent Fine Foods won Best Kent Product, Ambient (in a jar), for their Rose Jelly
  • Roundwood Pig Orchard, won for their Free Range Dry Cured Gammon
  • Winterdale Cheese won AONB Food, Farming & Landscape award. This is for the work they do looking after the country side. They also make some stunning cheese.
  • Also Great Preservations won two bronze medals at the National Marmalade Awards.

The Market Kitchen

Allready booked in this year we have

Explore Learning

Tonbridge Lions

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Demelza House

Epilepsy Action

Street Catz

Kent Wildlife

If you run a local charity or organisation and would like a free pitch at the market please contact us.

Future markets and events at the market will include.

  • 12th May 2013 Love your Local Market.
  • 9th June 2013
  • 14th July 2013
  • 11th August 2013
  • 8th September 2013
  • 13th October 2013 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.
  • 10th November 2013 Love Cheese. A celebration of local cheese.
  • 8th December 2013 Christmas Drinks Special. Local drinks to make your Christmas go off with a bang
  • 12th January 2014 Farmhouse Breakfast Market
  • 9th February 2014 Scallop Sunday
  • 9th March 2014 Seedy Sunday
  • 13th April 2014 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.
Steve said “The reminder service is great. It’s so easy to let a lot of customers know when the market is on”.

Photos. We now have a good selection. You can view these on our flickr page,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonbridgefarmersmarket/ These photos are for your use. If higher resolution photos are needed please contact us.

Contact details are
Steve Wood 07876 685853
steve@tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk