HILDEN­BOR­OUGH

Kent Life - - Gourmet News - WORDS BY: Bruce McMichael PIC­TURES BY: Bruce McMichael

An ex­plo­sion of vi­brant blues, reds and yel­lows from Jen­nifer In­man’s Church View Farm’s plant stall is a de­light­ful wel­come to the weekly Hilden­bor­ough Farm­ers’ Mar­ket. Grow­ing cut flow­ers, sea­sonal pot­ted plants and hang­ing bas­kets in the sum­mer, Jen­nifer nur­tures her plants on a small­hold­ing in nearby Ightham.

“It’s a re­ally friendly mar­ket, and I have lots of loyal cus­tomers. In the sum­mer I sell sweet peas and in the win­ter months quince cheese. I get my quince from Al­lens Farm in Plax­tol, so it’s all very lo­cal,” she says.

Hilden­bor­ough is north of Ton­bridge, south of Sevenoaks and west of Shipbourne, all of which have busy, suc­cess­ful Farm­ers’ Mar­kets. It’s recog­ni­tion of the hard work that the mar­ket com­mit­tee, known as the Team, and their vol­un­teers do that this mar­ket is thriv­ing.

Run­ning ev­ery Tues­day, it draws cus­tomers from the lo­cal towns and vil­lages. “Be­cause the mar­ket is open

Work­ing with Kent Farm­ers’ Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion, we

put a dif­fer­ent mar­ket in the spot­light each month

Jen­nifer In­man’s Church View Farm plant stall

Bruce McMichael is an award-win­ning food and drink writer, cook­ery demon­stra­tor and Farm­ers’ Mar­ket man­ager. Based in Tun­bridge Wells, he won an episode of the TV cook­ing tal­ent show Gor­don Ram­say’s Culi­nary Ge­nius. Bruce ed­its the food web­site www.thele­mon­grove.net.

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