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.
Whatís happening at the Market.
Gooseberries should be around this month so you can make wonderful gooseberry pie and the first local raspberries as well. We must wait another month for the redcurrants and blueberries, but they wonít be long. On the vegetable front, you will be able to enjoy early local broad beans and peas and what could be better than a pea and bean risotto with shavings of parmesan cheese. Local courgettes will also be available and these, chopped and fried with onions, make a wonderful accompaniment to the sausages from Corinne at Hildenborough Butchers.
We have already been enjoying fruit, salad and vegetables from local suppliers and you do wonder how they do it, but when you drive from Maidstone towards Tonbridge the seemingly endless miles of plastic gives you the answer. I suppose we just canít have it all ways, can we?
It was great to welcome Mayor, Councillor Mark Rhodes and his wife, Julie, with us to give out the first of the very handy new bags which have been sponsored by Knight, Frank in Sevenoaks. These are a good size jute bag with 5 inch gusset and useful long handle. If you havenít already received yours, you need to hot foot it to the Market to claim your bag before they all go. Of course, you are probably using your still newish HFM bag from last year. This new version is equally useful, but itsí very different shape gives you another option when shopping. Thank you both, it was great to see you again and a good start to another Farmersí Market initiative.
On 27th June our own Belinda (ex deli lady) will be back with us with another food demonstration and we look forward to her visit. Her first demonstration will be at around 9.30 am with a second one around 10.15am. Come and say Ďhií to Belinda and enjoy her company that morning as we enjoy yours.
I thought you might like to know that as well as working quite hard to bring you the Farmersí Market each week, our Team, lead by Janet Richardson, has, for the second year, taken the Market to ĎThe Living Landí day held for 3,000 Kent Schoolchildren at Kent County Showground. This took place on May and their stall consisted of a whole range of vegetables which the youngsters had to identify, taste and feel and with a grand Kent Farmersí Market cash prize to be won for the winning school. This is a huge amount of extra work but very worthwhile, and congratulations to the whole team that took part. Janet, husband Bill, Annie Hawkins, Ann Wood and Fay Wilson Ė our knitted toys stallholder. While they were there beavering away, who should come upon them with equal surprise, than our own Mark Rhodes and wife Julie on an official visit, and what a photo opportunity! We donít know who was most surprised.
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