Kent Farmers' Markets
Local Fresh Free Range And Organic Produce
If you're interested in fresh Kent produce why
not visit your local Kent Farmers' Market? Take a look at our listings below, its not an exhaustive directory but there's bound to be one somewhere in your area. Farmers' markets reveal something of the ever changing nature in the way trends and tastes form, dissolve and reform. Traditional local markets were a centerpiece of community life for hundreds of years, ensuring the local connection between 'farm and fork'. Come the industrialization of the food process, the success of the supermarket concept and we see the closure of most of the sustainable local produce based markets in the UK. Fast forward a decade or two to the 1990s and we see the development of the farmers' market movement and a return to the 'farm to fork' concept.
Local produce markets never completely died out, but the end of the 1990s saw a define resurgence in demand and a subsequent recreation of local produce markets into farmers' markets. 2007 the formation of the Kent Farmers’ Market Association and this represented formal backing for the concept following research by Produced in Kent. In essence the findings of the study were that farmers' markets were useful to the economy but could become more beneficial with ann organisation to help support and promote their activities.
We list many of the most important markets below. Although we make
every effort to ensure these details are correct they are subject to
change. If in doubt please check with the appropriate organisation or
Farmer's' Market manager before your visit. Consider that some farmers' markets are seasonal and
times and venues do change.
We welcome your feedback about local Framers' markets (both good and bad). Are your farmers' market details out of date? Email suggested changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in Kentish produce check out our The Kent Food Directory. If you like cooking with local ingredients try the Kentish Recipe Directory.
- Canterbury Farmers' Market - This is now a firmly established and self styled daily farmers' market. It is open six days a week at the time of writing (closed on Monday). The Goods Shed is on Station Road West, Canterbury, right next to the Canterbury West rail station. Meat, fish bread, dairy and much more all under one room. There is also the Good Shed Restaurant on site and a reasonable sized car park. Normal opening hours are 9am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Capel-Le-Ferne Village Hall, Kent (every
Tuesday from 10.00am to 12.30pm). 07899 082356.Now in its 9th year. The Market is held every Tuesday at Capel-le-Ferne Village Hall, Lancaster Avenue from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. with an average of 20 stalls every week providing local produce. There are usually refreshments available, for more information you can call 01303 245399.
Every Thursday, Village Hall, Chartham, Kent. 2.30pm-6pm. 01227 731247
- Cliftonville Farmers'
Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. (last Sunday each month - 10.00 am
to 12.00pm) 01843 226033.
- Cranbrook Farmers'
At the Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent. (every 4th Saturday between 9.00am and 1pm)
- Dartford Farmers' Market
Dartford High Street, Kent. Open 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Held on the 3rd Friday of every month. More information: email@example.com or phone 07775 736116
- Elham Farmers' Market
The Triangle (opposite the school), Elham, Kent
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 10 30 am to 12 30pm.
Further information available on www.elhamfarmersmarket.co.uk
Every Friday, Millennium Hall, Egerton, Kent 2pm - 4.30pm.
Market Manager: Miranda Palmer - 01883 722257.
Outside Macknade Farm Shop, Faversham, Kent. (Every
Saturday from 10am - 2pm) 01795 538017.
- Folkestone Farmers' Market
Take a stroll around Folkestone's small working harbour with its fishing boats, quaint pubs, seafood stalls and the artists, fisherman's and Folkestone Farmer's Market, Folkestone, Kent. Every Sunday from 10am-4pm.
- Gravesend Farmers' Market
junction of Windmill Street and New Road, Gravesend, Kent. Open 10am to 2pm on the 2nd Friday of the month. More information firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07775 736116.
George and Dragon Public House in the High Street, Headcorn, Kent. (every second Saturday
10.00 am to 2.00) Penny Kemp on 01622 890601 or Sarah Farrow on
- Hempstead Valley Farmers' Market
Open on the 1st Friday of the month from 10am to 2pm in the green Car Park, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, Gillingham, Kent. More information: email@example.com or phone 07775 736116
- Hildenborough Farmers' Market
Opened in June 2008 by Dame Kelly Holmes.
The market operates Every Tuesday from 10am - 14pm at St John's Church Centre, Hildenborough on the B245 between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.
An average of 18-20 stalls with all the food staples plus crafts, flowers, plants. Special attractions, demonstrations, music, etc. at regular intervals. Coffee lounge with community news.
Market Manager: Janet Richardson 01732 838903. www.hildenboroughfarmersmarket.co.uk/
- Horsmonden Farmers Market
Horsmonden Farmers' Market takes place every other Friday in the beautiful Kent village of Horsmonden. In the summer it is held on the village green and in the winter months it moves to the village hall. It is open from 9am until 12 noon. Market dates: 24th July,
4th September, 18th September,
11th December. Contact: Liz Taylor - 01892 725798,
Mary Moffat - 01892 722528,
Pippa Ankjaer - 01892 725528 - www.horsmondenfarmersmarket.co.uk/
- Hythe Farmers' Market
, Hythe, Kent
, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the
month, 10.00am to 12.00noon, 01303 266118 01303 268715.
- Lenham Country Market
Lenham Square, Lenham, Kent. (2nd Sunday of the month 9am to 1pm): phone - 01622 679709, mobile - 07977 567639, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margate Farmers' Market
Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Margate, Kent.(last Sunday each month - 10.00 am
to 12.00pm). Call 01843 226033 for more details.
- Meopham Farmers Market
The Farmers Market will now be open between 9am and 12 noon in the overflow car park of Meopham Fitness and Tennis Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent (off the A227) DA13 0AH. The Farmers Market will continue to be held on the first Sunday of the month For further information: email@example.com or phone 07775 736116.
- Penshurst Farmers' Market
The Old Plant Shop,
Penshurst Place Car Park
(free parking and entrance to market!),
Tonbridge, Kent. 1st Saturday of the month in the from
9.30 to 12. Contact: 01892 870666.
- Rochester Farmers'
Corporation Street car park, Rochester, Kent. (3rd Sunday of the month, 9am - 1pm). Contact: 07876 583023 or 01634 338143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - www.rochesterfarmersmarket.co.uk
St Mary's Church and the Village Hall, Rolvenden, Kent.(every Thursday 10am to 12 noon)
01580 240763 or email email@example.com.
- Sandgate Farmers Market
is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10.00am until 12.00 noon at The Chichester Memorial Hall, Sangate, Kent. For more information please contact Miranda on 01303 252156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sandwich Farmers' Market
Last Saturday of the month on the Guildhall Forecourt, Sandwich, Kent.
- Sandwich Market
Thursday Market in Sandwich have moved to the Guildhall Forecourt, Sandwich, Kent. Held
every Thursday from 9.00pm.
- Shipbourne Farmers' Market
Shipbourne Farmers Market is every Thursday 9am to 11am in Shipbourne, Kent. Contact Bob
Taylor 01732 833976
- Sissinghurst Castle
Sissinghurst Castle in the Elizabethan Barn on the 2nd Monday of every
month, Sissinghurst, Kent. (1 to 3pm). Contact email@example.com
- Swanscombe & Greenhithe
Craylands Lane Leisure Centre, Swanscombe, Kent - ring 01892-722774 to confirm.
- Sissinghurst Castle
in the Elizabethan Barn - 12noon to 3pm on the 2nd Monday of every month (January excepted) More information 01580 710704.
Wells Farmers' Market
The Market takes place on Civic Way (outside the Town Hall) Royal
Tunbridge Wells,Kent - 0n the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9am-2pm. email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Westerham Farmers Market
The first and third Sunday of each month. Come for the morning and stay for lunch and to visit the town! http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/
- Westgate Farmers Market
There is a new weekly Farmers' Market every Friday 9am to 1pm at Westgate Pavillion. Produce includes: wet fish, shell fish, cheese, pickles, local farm produce, craft stalls, home baked bread and cakes.
- West Malling Farmers' Market
Held in the High Street, West Malling, Kent on the 4th Sunday of the month between 9.30am and 1.30pm. More information: email@example.com or phone 07775 736116 www.myfarmersmarket.co.uk
Every Thursday, Whitfiled Village Hall, Whitfield, Kent - 9am-noon
The Green, Centre of Wye, Kent - (1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9am to
Sarah Huntley, Market Manager, 07804 652156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yalding Farmers'
Old Village High Street, Yalding, Kent - (3rd Saturday of every month) 01622
If your local Kent Farmers' market details
are not listed here let us know by emailing email@example.com.