Tonbridge Farmers’ Market
For what is a historically a market town, it would be a tad disappointing if Tonbridge didn’t host a popular, award-winning farmers’ market to showcase a bit of local provenance.
And host one it does. On the second Sunday of each month, 9.30am-1.30pm, around 55 local food traders gather at an otherwise nondescript car park near Sainsbury’s, on Sovereign Way. Among the produce there, expect an array of nuts – cob, chestnuts, pecans, the lot – from regular Borough Market traders Potash Farm (they’re also, quite undesirably if you ask me, one of Greg Wallace’s favourite producers); Great Taste Award-winning gins and vodkas from Nip From The Hip; Kent and Sussex-grown fruit and veg from Vivienne’s Veg; and exquisite crowd-pulling cookies and s’mores from Thomas Cookie.
On top of the great producers on show, on most occasions the market puts on cooking demos led by Cranbrook chef Neil Scott, supported by the odd guest and celebrity chef. Our advice? Go at lunch – even if you miss out on Scott and co’s creations (which usually come with a complementary bottle of wine), there’s plenty to get your chops around on the go. Check out the likes of Balm’s Noodles, Little Brittany’s crepes, and Sweet Nostalgia’s fudge, and you’ll see what we mean.
By Hugh Thomas, Kent editor