On Sunday (9th Oct) I visited Tonbridge in Kent for their 5th Farmers Market.
This event was being billed as “Pink Sunday”, with stallholders dressing up with items of pink clothing and some even producing pink goods such as cakes – all in aid of Breast Cancer Care (www.breastcancercare.org.uk). 10% of each purchase made by a customer wearing an item of pink clothing was being donated to this worthwhile charity.
The market is on every 2nd Sunday of the month from 9:30am until 1:30pm. I arrived about 11am and went straight to find Steve and Laura, the organisers of the market that had kindly invited me to visit. It didn’t take me long to spot them, both being highly visible with the abundance of pink that they were wearing!
It was no surprise to see both Steve and Laura entering fully into the spirit of Pink Sunday, standing out from the crowd and encouraging others to be proud of their pink.
They were both highly welcoming and extremely enthusiastic about the market, talking energetically about the ideal location, the cookery demonstrations and covered seating area, along with talking about the enthusiasm of the stallholders.
Laura was keen to point out the pride each stallholder had in the quality and freshness of their products, but it must also be noted that the prices were very competitive when you consider the undoubted quality plus the food miles are greatly lower than if the items were purchased in a supermarket.
The market as a whole is keen to welcome local initiatives that embrace the same ethos of the market, with local businesses being encouraged to help promote such a valuable resource for the area.
The market has gone from strength to strength in such a quick time and this appears to be due to a number of factors:
- The hard work of Steve and Laura
- Enthusiasm of the stallholders
- Free parking next to the market
- Covered eating area
- Cookery demonstrations
- Proximity to Waitrose store
- Large variety of stalls
I walked around the market for some time, taking as many photos as possible and chatting to stallholders, sampling wares and taking note of produce I would purchase later. I chatted to some interesting stallholders, but will blog about those at a later date.
I bought some lovely fresh apple juice, bacon and some beauty products for Linda, all at a very competitive price. All in all it was a wonderful morning and I’d thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.