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.
At last the sun started to shine at the beginning of May and we really felt that Spring proper was here at last. How the landscape has changed, with all the trees and shrubs having donned their new frocks for the summer and a frenzy of planting taking place in every garden.
The Market, likewise, is embracing the new season. Andy has had his lovely asparagus for nearly a month now, and the winter vegetables have been replaced with salads and soft fruit. Corinne and Sam, our butchers, have stocked up with a good range of barbeque meats, marinated or plain and their own tasty range of handmade sausages and black pudding all ready for those al fresco meals. Rusbridges, our lovely bakers, can also supply a variety of great tasting breads to dunk in your olive oil and balsamic vinegar – or some olives and feta from Kefayat - what more can you want to round off the day, except perhaps a glass of wine. (Sorry, can’t do this one – can only offer Apple Juice from Princess Christian Farm).
I hope you all enjoyed our ‘Meet the Queen’ Day in April. Seems a long time ago now, but it was such a fun morning and we were able to send Hospice in the Weald £120. which was collected on the day and from donations for photographs. Thanks to everyone who joined in this very silly morning, and had their photo taken on the throne. It caused much hilarity, even those too shy to pose with the Queen. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr. Owen Baldock and his wife joined in and ceremoniously cut the birthday cake which was distributed to everyone in the Market. We also welcomed pupils from Stocks Green and Fosse Bank Schools and hope they will remember celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Our biggest thanks must go to Andrew and Tina Hamilton, of Tonbridge Photoshop, who patiently took all the lovely photos and without whom this great occasion wouldn’t have been nearly so great. Thank you both.
Our Tonbridge Loyalty Card winner for April was Mrs Hewson, another of our regular customers – well done. Don’t forget to ask the stallholders for cards or stickers, they do sometimes forget to offer them, and it is well worth while.
Future events include Tuesday 31st May when we will be planting baby leaf salads with visitors to the Market of any age and on the same day, members of Cannon Irish Dance Co. will be dancing for your delight and inspiring people of any age to take part in one of their classes in the village.
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday 9.00-11.00am at St. John’s Church Centre, Hildenborough. Info. Janet Richardson, Manager 01732 838903. Hildenboroughfarmersmarket.co.uk or meet us on Facebook and Twitter.
Farmers’ Market Team at School Day at Detling
We thought you might be interested to hear that our Market Team was asked by Kent Farmers’ Market Association to represent them at a School Day held at Detling for approximately 3,000 youngsters aged 7-9 from the County who were learning about all aspects of food and country living in Kent. Word had got round that at Hildenborough Farmers’ Market a lot of emphasis is put on special activities for children connected with food and so we were the obvious choice. So, just after 7 am on 5th May Janet and her Team set off to set up a stall to give tasters and run a practical quiz on vegetable recognition all of which were grown in Kent.
The excited children arrived at the stall in waves, sometimes a small number with a helper, sometimes a whole class and the Team had an exhausting but rewarding day coping with them all. It was evident that not many children know the difference between a potato and a beetroot, or a parsnip and a courgette, but, hey ho, how can they possibly know when it often comes chopped and in plastic!
Everyone agreed it was a good day, but then it just goes to show what happens when you have an ex Cub Scout Leader in charge! Well done Janet and husband Bill and Anne Hawkins and our thanks go to Fay Wilson (who makes those gorgeous knitted toys) and Kath Mahoney, Beaver Scout Leader from Tonbridge, for their invaluable help in joining us for this event.
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