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.
Its back to school now but we have enjoyed our ‘Cooking for Kids’ sessions over the past month and helping them to realise that good food is not hard to make and that cooking from scratch is really not rocket science. They all seemed to have a good time and we have certainly had a full house each week. These cooking sessions are run by the Market Team with the help of many friends and are designed to be a helpful addition to the ethos of our Farmers’ Market – supporting local producers who bring us fresh local produce each week throughout the year. Sadly, this year in particular, although we had a great take up for the cooking activity, the same couldn’t always be said for the support for stallholders, and this was quite sad.
Autumn will soon be on us and we will switch into a whole different mode. September brings a mixture of produce, still into salads and awash with beans and courgettes, but apples, pumpkins and squashes will be creeping in, making it the beginning of a very colourful season. Time for a slow cooked shoulder of lamb perhaps, followed by a proper pud, like blackberry and apple crumble; or what about a fish pie followed by stuffed baked apples. If you think this is all too much trouble just for you, why not invite some friends or neighbours in to share – you never know, if you make the effort, they might just ask you back!
Our Special Day for September will be on Tuesday 12th when we will be celebrating ‘Mainly Chocolate’. This will see the return of our lovely Nicola with her granola bars and lots of other goodies and which will be nectar to the ears of many of our customers. Everything else that morning will have an emphasis on chocolate with lots of surprises and a morning not to be missed. Be sure to make a note in your diary now.
Tonbridge Loyalty Card. You might need to remind the stallholders to give you your stamp(s) when making a purchase of £5 or more and to pop your completed card in the box in the foyer. Our Tonbridge Loyalty Card winner for August was Barbara Flatman. Many congratulations – let us know if you are also a winner in the main Tonbridge draw.
Can we also remind you that as the nights begin to draw in it is time to don your high viz jacket if you are walking or cycling in the lanes. We would urge you to have one ready, as you never know when you might need it. On sale at the Market at the princely sum of £2.50 – less than a cup of coffee, and could save your life.
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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