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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Happy Birthday Tonbridge Farmers Market....
If anything desrves a plug then it's our town's farmer's market. Here's the press release from organiser Steve "The Chilli Man" Wood....
Tonbridge FarmersMarket 9thJune,
and we've been to the
Houses of Parliament
Tonbridge Farmers Market
9th June, our 2nd Birthday and we've been to the
Houses of Parliament
Second Sunday of every month
Sovereign Way, Tonbridge TN9 1RG
9.30am – 1.30pm
65 stalls booked in already this month, it is going to be the biggest
market in Kent, and we are two.
It's two years since
the first Tonbridge Farmers Market. On that 1st Sunday back in
June 2011 we had absolutely no idea if the people of Tonbridge would
support or even wanted a farmers market.
Well two years and
over 50,000 customers on, we think we know the answer, an unmistakeable
In this short time we
have be become the biggest and best supported Farmers Market in Kent and
probably the South of England.
We have been runner up
in the Taste of Kent awards, Best Farmers Market category. We have also been
nominated and short listed for the BBC Food and Farming Awards.
Market manager Steve
Wood said “ it's great to be successful. It's even better when you and
others love what you do”
“Lets see if the next year
will be just as exciting for us and our customers.”
And don't forget it's
carnival day as well, what a great day to be in Tonbridge.
Westminster “Taste of Kent” day
showcases best of local Kent produce
Tonbridge Farmers Market with it's
sister market, Elm Court, and some of our producers were invited to
Westminster by Tracy Crouch MP on the 15th May to promote Kent
Kent MPs in association with Visit
Kent and Produced in Kent held an event in the Jubilee Rooms at the
Palace of Westminster.
Jo Reid from Jo's Cakes, Matthew
Kearsey-Lawson with Harriot Wood from Kent Fine Foods and Steve Wood from
the market went along to tempt MPs, Westminster staff and members of the
public to some of our wonderful produce.
There was plenty of interest in the
produce and the market.
Steve Wood said “I hope this event
will boost the profile of our market, farmers markets in general and of
course Kent and Kent produce.
We were all looking forward to
meeting the Prime Minister, but he was in the USA so sent this message to
all of us”.
delighted that Kent's producers have come to Parliament today to showcase
some of their high-quality local produce. I am sorry that prior
commitments abroad mean that I am unable to join you today - I was
particularly looking forward to being able to sample the honey brought to
London by the Dartford Beekeepers, which I’m told is truly delicious! I
am sure that today's event will offer an opportunity to celebrate Kent's
fantastically diverse agricultural sector and will, I hope, promote the
county’s producers as they continue to flourish. I wish all those
producers who have travelled to London to showcase their produce - and
all involved - my very best wishes for an enjoyable and successful day.”
Other guests that did come and see us
on the day included Justice Minister (and Kent MP) Helen Grant, Minister
for Agriculture and Food David Heath, the Head of Catering at the House
of Commons, and the key architect behind the plans for the Swanscombe
Peninsula Theme Park, Tony Sefton.
The Market Kitchen
As always, cookery
demonstrations will run with what's in season right now.
Future markets and
events at the market will include.
October 2013 Pink Sunday. Raising
money for Breast Cancer Care. Customers dressed in something pink will
have 10% of all the money they spend today donated to this cause. And
lots more pink stuff.
November 2013 Love Cheese. A
celebration of local cheese.
December 2013 Christmas Drinks Special.
Local drinks to make your Christmas go off with a bang
January 2014 Farmhouse Breakfast
February 2014 Scallop Sunday
March 2014 Seedy Sunday
April 2014 The Big Curry. With the
help of our customers some of the producers are raising money for the Big
Curry which is part of the Soldiers Benevolent Fund.
May 2014 Love your Local Market
June 2014 Our 3rd
You can now follow
what the market is up to on Twitter @TonbridgeFmMrkt, Facebook and Flickr. Follow the links from our
Customers wishing to
get a reminder for the market can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and just put “reminder” in the subject box or for a text
reminder, text “Tonbridge” to 07557739903.
Photos. We now have a
good selection. You can view these on our flickr page,