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.
July started gently at the Market with glorious weather putting everyone in a very happy place. How is it then that all of a sudden one day you wake up and everything is ‘full on’ – the sun is shining, the flower tubs and baskets have really filled out and the pruning you did with such vigour in the Spring has suddenly all been replaced once again with the shrubs and trees burgeoning with new growth and flower. WonderfuI.
It’s a bit the same in the Market, we might have a little lull when we welcome all our regular customers and have time for a chat, then boom, everything takes off and everyone seems in a holiday mood. We love it when we welcome lots of new and old faces as parents have more time off to enjoy with their children and return to the Market to shop, enjoy catching up with friends over a coffee, and not least, take part in our holiday activities.
Mikey will have a van full of wonderful fish just ready for the barbeque and he really does have a huge selection for such a small stall. He will help you choose and always be happy to advise you on price, cut, and recipe before you buy. Just ask. Similarly with Corinne, our butcher. She will have a stall full of great meat and is always happy to advise you on what she has and how to cook it. Alternatively, you can visit her and Sam at their shop at Market Gardens in Riding Lane for the full range of meat and poultry.
To complete your meal, you buy your eggs from our Princess Christian Farm stall, whip up the whites with sugar to make a meringue and voilà, with a little cream and some strawberries, you have wonderful Pavlova. So worth the effort of making your own and making your friends really envious of your prowess!
Hopefully you will receive this just before the end of the month when on Tuesday 30th July our own Gary Polekett will be bringing us his Junior Science Workshop once again. We were absolutely overwhelmed when he did this for us last year, so make sure you come early and get a chance to be fully ‘hands on’. He will also have a selection of his junior science kits for sale and very reasonable pocket money prices.
August, as usual, will see us ‘Cooking for Kids’ for the tenth year. Always a great favourite with our younger visitors and what better to get them happy with learning that cooking isn’t rocket science, it just needs a bit of practice. We always hope that these fun mornings will help to inspire them to cook fresh food regularly with Mum and Dad as a family activity rather than something that is just served up without any knowledge of how it got there.
Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th 27th August 2019 will all be cooking days. From savoury doughnuts and wraps to a vegetable surprise morning and fruit desserts will all be on the menu this year. Look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to Nancy Evans who was the lucky winner of our Tonbridge Loyalty Card prize in June. If this is something new to you, just talk to a member of the Team in the Market (green shirt with logo) who will get you started. You have to be in it to win it!
From our Market Manager – Janet Richardson
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is now into its 11th 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.