Kent Farmers' Markets
Taste the Garden of England!
From the Oval Lawns in Cliftonville overlooking the North Sea in East Kent to the historic setting of Penshurst Place in West Kent, there are over 50 farmers’ markets across the County. So, whether you are on a daytrip seeking something tasty for lunch and a few delicious goodies to take home, or self-catering and wanting to stock up for the week, farmers’ markets have lots of offer you.
Michel Roux Jr, who was born in Kent and is patron of Kent’s Farmers’ Markets, is delighted by the quality of what the County’s markets offer. “I really want to encourage visitors to Kent to try our farmers’ market. As the Garden of England, Kent has been renowned for centuries for the fantastic quality of its fruit and vegetables, and it now boasts a huge array of wonderful, skilled cooks, who are hand-making delicious products with great care. So markets don’t just offer fresh produce, meat and cheese, you’ll find stalls selling the freshest fish, speciality breads, deli-style pies, beer from the region’s growing number of micro-breweries, handmade chocolates, vegetarian dishes and a wide range of unusual jams and chutneys.”
Since our stallholders only produce small batches, supermarkets cannot offer the same products. This might be handmade cakes and pies; cheese from artisan dairies; fish landed only the day before, or unusual meat like wild venison, pigeon and rabbit. And while, the precise range depends on whether you visit a bustling town centre market or one focusing on the everyday needs of a village, typically you will find food which is more authentic, without colourings, additives or preservatives.
And by meeting the people who made what you will eat, it is a totally different experience, making food shopping fun again!
Some people worry that farmers’ markets are expensive. However, with minimal transport costs, no middlemen or shareholders, no expensive shops to run and the minimum of packaging, our surveys show that farmers’ markets offer either better or at least as good value as supermarkets.
As the Garden of England, we are proud of the high quality food we produce here, and farmers’ markets give you the chance to join in this celebration.
Find locations, dates and times and list of stallholder on the website: www.kfma.org.uk