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.