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.
How quickly January has sped past, but we haven’t been standing still at the Farmers’ Market. You will notice an additional logo has appeared above for which we are rightly proud. We have been awarded the status of working towards being a dementia friendly Market by KCC. Regular customers will remember the information and help stalls we have run on this subject, together with the ongoing knitting project assisted by members of Leigh WI. Our endeavours to make our Market totally dementia friendly will continue, and will be taken forward by HFM Team Member, Julie Rhodes, and we hope that everyone in Hildenborough will support us in this.
A further challenge has been that of applying to TMBC for a Licence to be able to sell the occasional product containing alcohol, and we hope that by the time you read this, we will be ‘all systems go!’ (We would add that we are not going into the drinks business, but very occasionally the possession of a Licence would be useful.)
‘Eat a Rainbow for Health’ we are all urged, and how better to do this than buying the wonderful vegetables and fruit available during winter, for soups, stews, or just eating raw. The orange of carrots, sweet potato and swede; the white of leeks, cauliflower and parsnips and the green of broccoli, cabbage, courgettes, etc. Coupled with the apples and pears direct from the farm, what more could you want. OK, OK, so I’ve missed out potatoes, onions and spinach – how much more can I get in! Andy our greengrocer has it all.
We are all getting excited for Corrine, our butcher, and her husband, Sam, as the time draws near to welcome their first baby into the world. We send them our best wishes and love at this precious time.
We would like to reassure everyone also, that we will be welcoming Annabelle from Renhurst Farm who is happy to help out while Corinne is away so no need to panic on the meat front!
You may be surprised to learn that in June this year Hildenborough Farmers’ Market will have notched up 10 years so some sort of celebration must certainly be in order. WATCH THIS SPACE. Many stalls have come and gone but just a few have been with us since the beginning. Where would we be without our trusty bakers, Rusbridges, bringing us the best baked bread for miles around. Our greengrocers, Pympes Court Farm; Princess Christian Farm; Wendy with her pies and preserves together with Fay and her toys have all been with us for ever, so thank you all.
We are sorry to have to disappoint you all this year but we have decided that we will give our usual Pancake Races a miss this year. It will be half term week and many people go away and we will not be able to welcome the teams from the schools. So, instead of our young visitors tossing the same pancake whilst they raced, we thought a better idea would be to let them cook their own with a choice of toppings. All you budding chefs out there are welcome to come and have a go on Shrove Tuesday 13th February
Of course, there will still be the usual FREE pancakes for all our other customers.
The lucky winner of the £10 token in our part of the Tonbridge Loyalty Card draw for December was Elizabeth Myles, a regular helper as well. Best of luck in the main draw. Don’t know about this? Please ask one of our Team about the benefits of this scheme on your next visit.
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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