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.
Yipee!! It’s nearly Christmas, and what a great time of year. Plan early – and if you are well organised you will enjoy the whole event so much better. The food – which day are your guests coming – how many? Write your menus from toast at breakfast to a luscious turkey dinner and pudding, and order your ingredients with the stallholders well in advance to take the strain from the food shopping at least. Whatever you are planning for the big event – maybe a succulent goose or magnificent roast of rare breed beef or pork, or just going with tradition and sticking with turkey, check what size you will need. You might be catering for smaller numbers so a pheasant or wild duck could be the best choice. And wonderful sea-fresh turbot or halibut are both very special for all kinds of celebrations. Whatever you choose, buying locally makes sense on every level.
Get your preparations under way NOW. Stuffings; pigs in blankets; cranberry sauce, etc. can all be made well in advance (but do remember you can’t refreeze frozen ingredients). When it comes to Christmas presents, it’s a great idea to choose local produce as gifts for families and friends – always something individual and a bit different.
This is the bulletin for 2016 – where did the year go? On looking back in a quick run-down of some of the events held in conjunction with the Market this year, these include; February – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races; April - ‘Meet the Queen’ day which was a hoot and great fun. May and ‘Dementia Awareness Day’ and at half term the visit by Cannon Irish Dance Group. Your Market Team took part in an educational day for Kent schoolchildren (all 2,000 of them) with an imaginative and hands on vegetable quiz. August saw us ‘Cooking for Kids’ once again while our annual September Raffle supported Hospice in the Weald to the tune of £450. in association with Hildenborough Hospice Group. October half term was ‘Cook an Apple’ day with our young visitors, as well as handing over more than 40 ‘twiddle mitts’ for dementia sufferers made by customers and our friends from Leigh WI. November already, and we enjoyed floral decorations for Christmas and the first of our choirs bringing Christmas music and Carols. What a full year, and we still have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.
On 6th and 13th December we will be welcoming the choirs from Hildenborough School and Stocks Green Schools respectively. We hope you will all come along and hear these young people – how they remember all their words beats me – and they truly bring the spirit of Christmas. The 20th will be our ‘Christmas Special’. Lots of goodies to tempt you and, when your shopping is done, start your festive season with our free mulled wine and mince pies and a visit from our favourite man in red.
On a more sober note, may I remind you that it is so important to be seen when walking in the lanes more especially on these dull days and dark nights. Car drivers just can’t see you against the hedges, even worse when you are on the walking on the left hand side of the road, or reading your texts! For these times, please, please purchase a high viz waistcoat from the Market – only £2.50 each – less than a cup of coffee!
On that note The Farmers’ Market Team wishes our customers, both present and future, a
Very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The Market reopens after the New Year on 10th January 2017
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