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.
Easter will be with us very soon now and the dates for our special activity with our younger visitors will take place on Tuesdays 3rd and 10th April and not 2nd and 9th as stated. We will be decorating egg cups and making a large mural once again, this time to celebrate the coming Royal Wedding so encourage your youngsters to come and have a go.
We are happy to tell you that a new cheese stall joined us in February and will be with us weekly. Winterdale Award winning cheeses from Wrotham with Carla Betts describing the different cheeses to us. Their 100+ Friesian Holstein cows feed on the lush grass of the North Downs and the milk is taken at body temperature to start the cheese making process thereby not losing any natural heat. When ready, it is stored in a cave under their dairy and matured for 10 months making theirs a totally carbon neutral process. Do come and try some tasters and say ‘hello’. Carla also sells unpasteurised milk.
As I write this my mouth is watering when I tell you it’s nearly asparagus time again. My very favourite, and blow the expense. Served with butter and parmesan cheese – ah, b…..liss! From roast to steamed and soup to quiche I can never get enough. But there is lots of other good stuff at its best this month – sardines and plaice; lamb and venison and lovely, lovely salads. What about trying asparagus, pea, feta and mint salad – great to get our summer palates in gear.
We are sorry to have to tell you that Carol Brazel, a very valued member of our Market Team since the beginning, is having to bow out. Carol has guided us through the intricacies of Facebook and Twitter, the set up and continual updating of our website pages (www.hildenboroughfarmersmarket.co.uk) as well as always being there to offer help and advice on many different topics. We know she will be there when she can, but we just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ on behalf of the Market and the Village.
While I am on the subject of winning things, Julia Martin was also the proud winner of our £10 Market Voucher for February in the TLC draw. Her name will now go forward to the main Tonbridge Draw with a chance to win a further £50. Don’t forget to ask the stallholders for a card and to stamp the card every time you spend £5 or more with them. If you’re not sure, please ask one of our Team members (green jackets and smiles). While there was so much on during the Christmas period, I forgot to tell you that another of our helpers, Andy Hay, was also the recipient of £50 in the Tonbridge draw. I just wanted to show you how lucky we Hildenborough folk are. Well done, Andy.
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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