St. John's Church Centre
Hildenborough is situated on the B 245 between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.St Johns' Church Centre is located on the Sevenaoks to Tonbridge road next door to St John's Church. Turn into Foxbush Lane and then turn into the car park which is behind the Centre.
Parking in the Centre car park and surrounds. Our friendly car park attendant will guide you in and out and of course there is NO CHARGE.
Hildenborough Farmers' Market was started in 2008 and has grown steadily with an average of 20 stalls each week. We are able to offer a wide range of fresh local produce of high quality at competitive prices. Additional seasonal items, e.g. asparagus, soft fruit and flowers, are also available.
Our friendly team of volunteers is available at all times to lend a hand.
To complete your shopping experience visit our tea and coffee lounge for refreshment in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
What’s happening at the Market.
Happy New Year everyone – and would you believe it – looking forward to celebrating our 10th Anniversary in June.
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and aren’t already regretting that some of those goodies proved much too tempting. So it’s back to proper eating, and better quality food and where else would you go but to our Tuesday Market. Please make 2018 the year you really look at your prices, especially things like meat and fish. Compare the price per kilo, not just look at the pack price, and I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. However many times we say this, it seems most people are convinced that a farmers’ market is an expensive place to shop, just come and give us a try, then go home and do your supermarket comparisons on the net. You’ll also be impressed at the range.
The next few months are for casseroles and warming foods – ideal for a bit of batch cooking. Instead of making enough for one meal, make three at a time and freeze them ready for a quick meal on another occasion. I find plastic takeaway type boxes brilliant for this as they hold enough for two meat portions, stack well in the freezer and are reuseable. As well as stews, what about the butternut squash and lentil bake with cauliflower, potato and cheese mash we gave you a while ago – that freezes very well and is a good veggie option. (Let us know if you need the recipe) For a more special occasion don’t forget the beef with red wine and chocolate we gave you in October and which also freezes well and can be found on our Facebook page.
So what was going on in the Market in December? You missed a great treat if you didn’t hear any of the choirs from our three village Schools – Fosse Bank, Hildenborough and Stocks Green. They each performed in the weeks running up to Christmas when they seem to go from strength to strength, and all power to their music teachers who are brilliant at getting such wonderful music from such little people. Their energy and enthusiasm never fails to amaze us. They all sing with such exuberance and are a great delight. Thank you all.
We have also been happy to welcome years 5 & 6 from Hildenborough School during November and December who have been working on a project in support of Help for Heroes. They have designed, produced and packaged their own Christmas cards and have very enthusiastically run a stall to sell them, all in aid of this great cause. Well done all of you what a fantastic idea. We look forward to knowing your final total.
The last Market before Christmas is always special – presents have been bought, menus settled, visits arranged – so our customers can just shop or buy those last minute gifts and enjoy the festive atmosphere with free mulled wine and mince pies and take time over their coffee before the final run up to the Big Day. And of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Father Christmas himself would it? As usual he turned up just in the nick of time to meet all the children who come to help with the shopping. They all greet him differently – “Ooo er!”; “I don’t like him”; some with big smiles; some peeping out from behind Mum – but they usually come round in the end. We just know that Father Christmas is glad to be in the warm that morning rather than in the car park!!
And what’s coming next? This year Shrove Tuesday on 13th February co-incides with half term, so we have decided to take a break from our usual Pancake Day Races and hold an ‘Eggy Morning with Pancakes’ instead. Put a note in your new diary to make sure you come that morning, and all will be revealed next month. However, there will still be the usual free pancakes to have with your coffee, so no change there.
We are very happy to report that Mrs Lesley Kitchener was the lucky winner of the TLC monthly draw for November – not the first time either – so just remember, you have to be in it to win it.
From our Market Manager – Janet Richardson
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is now into its 10th year – it was June 2008 when Dame Kelly Holmes opened the Market and we launched with such enthusiasm.
Lots of things have happened and lots of people and stalls have come and gone, but the Market Team of helpers and our loyal core of stalls do still share that enthusiasm for local produce and the community.
Without doubt there are many people in Hildenborough who come regularly to the Market to shop. There are also our regular supporters who enjoy a cup of coffee and meeting with friends. We continually seek to keep the Market vibrant, viable and interesting, but to do this we do need the support of more regular shoppers.
Although we use the Church Hall and enjoy the support of St. Johns’ Church, we are not financed or subsidised by the Church. Our costs and outgoings continue to rise; rent, insurance, advertising and general expenditure all have to be met.
We already have the reputation of being the one of the friendliest Farmers’ Market in Kent, so why not come along and buy some of our fantastic local produce. Our prices and quality offer excellent value for money on your doorstep. The Farmers’ Market is a real community asset but it’s only with your support we can keep it that way.
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