Elm Court Farmers Market
Sunday 5th July and it’s a Berry Bonanza
As well as being Produced in Kent Farmers Market of The Year 2013 & a finalist this year, Elm Court Farmers Market with over 25 producers booked in, is now a regular shopping destination for fresh local produce in the Medway area.
July at Elm Court Farmers Market
Gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and lots of rarer berries will be available at the market & all the other markets across Kent. It’s a great time to be a berrytarian.
Thank you so much for that support, and may your draw ticket win every month.
You can find all your favourite producers at our other markets in July.
Tonbridge Farmers Market – Sunday 12th &
Aylesford Farmers Market – Sunday 19th .
Elm Court Farmers Market Voucher Draw
And the winner is 40475.
If you have this ticket, which is worth £900 of vouchers, you must notify us at the market by 10am this Sunday. If the ticket is not presented by 10am at the market the prize will be rolled over.
There’s £100 worth of vouchers to be won each month & the draw will be held at 10.30am on Sunday. If it’s a rollover it could be worth £1000 next month.
Selected producers* give their first 50 customers a draw ticket with purchases every month. Hang on to them for the next month’s draw and you could win a minimum £100 worth of shopping vouchers for the market.
Find out if you have won at the market after the draw at 10.30 or on any of our reminder services.
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Far Acre Farm Eggs
Kent Fine Foods
Kentish Pie Man
PJ’s Farm Shop
R & D Payne Plants
Stour Valley Game
What to buy in July
The countryside is basking in the sunshine of high summer and now’s the perfect time to indulge in some wonderful locally grown produce – there really is no better way to enjoy any precious warm days than with a locally sourced feast of summer foods. At this time of year everything is so good, you can follow the “less is more” precept and keep preparation and cooking to the minimum.
Amongst an abundance of produce at this month’s market, you’ll find tender BROAD BEANS (freshly picked little pods can be enjoyed whole), fresh GREEN PEAS, radishes, beetroot, spring onions, spinach, and of course, new potatoes. Cucumbers, beans, both French and runner, and courgettes should be there alongside all kinds of salad leaves and great bunches of fresh herbs.
The slow cooler start to the season has been good for STRAWBERRIES, especially now that the weather is warming up to ripen the fruit – so indulge yourself with the best of the British summer fruit all at its peak this month. You’ll discover a completely different experience from the pale imitations that can be found all year round in supermarkets, varieties grown for flavour rather than ease of transport and keeping qualities. Serve with rich golden pouring cream from cattle fed on the lush summer grass and a sprinkling of sugar – add a grinding of black pepper to really enhance the flavour. And don’t miss out on CHERRIES with the season now in full swing (Kentish cherries are justifiably world famous), gooseberries, black and REDCURRANTS, and wonderful raspberries. This is the month for jam makers and you don’t have to make huge vats of the stuff – just a few jars are incredibly satisfying to produce in your home kitchen, taste marvellous and make wonderful gifts.
Grass-fed summer LAMB is now at its very finest and, as a more fatty meat than some (giving it the meat flavour and keeps it from drying out), is ideal for the BBQ. A boned-out leg or shoulder can be marinated overnight and cooks perfectly in under an hour. On the fish front CORNISH SARDINES are all the rage now – as they should be as another barbecue choice. And look out for mackerel – bought silvery fresh from the market and cooked the same day to enjoy at its very best. Midsummer is a great time to enjoy CRAB – all you need to make a feast is to serve dressed crab with simply buttered new potatoes and good mayonnaise, home made if possible. Serve with a chilled glass of one of the excellent English white wines that are now coming onto the market.
The Market Eatery
We have a fabulous selection of food at the Market Eatery. You can sit in our covered area, have a chat, watch the band or the cooking demos. Or if you are around at 10.30 see if you’ve won in the £900 prize in the market draw. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can also be purchased. Supplying us all these mouth watering treats include:-
MB Farms. Local farmers from Stockbury BBQing their own burgers & sausages.
Jo’s Cakes. Tea, coffee and of course, cakes, baked just down the road in Halling.
Pinetrees Farm. Award winning Cider & Apple Juice
Firkin Ale. Real Ale
The Cherryberry Co. Fresh fruit juice
& as a special treat The Thomas Cookie Co will heat up one of their great cookies for you.
The Market Kitchen
As always we will have Matthew Kearsey-Lawson from Kent Fine Foods who
will be show casing some of his fabulous goodies in a variety of dishes.
John the Baker will be baking something special. If you want him to show you anything in particular let him know and he will try and demo it next month.
He is still very busy doing group demonstrations in customer’s homes. If you like the idea
of this his contact details are-
Also becoming a regular at the kitchen is Paolo from Kent Collection. He is Michelin trained and does some wonderful stuff with the Charcuterie that his company makes. Call by his stall to see if he is doing a demo. It will be worth watching and tasting.
Music at the Market
We have Chris & Graham strumming for our entertainment this month.
Our monthly charity.
This month it’s Medway Guide Dogs. We love having the guide dogs along, they’re great and the humans they bring along with them aren’t bad either.
They are a fundraising branch & group of puppy walkers all wanting to support Guide Dogs through events – having fun along the way.
Do please come along and support them. You can also follow them on twitter @GuideDogsMedway
The market gives a free pitch to a charity each month, so please contact us if you would like to take advantage of this. These pitches are going quite quickly so do please get in touch if you are interested.
The market will run from 9.30am – 1.30pm at Elm Court (formerly Wyevale) Garden Centre, Capstone Road, Gillingham. ME7 3JQ
By supporting your local markets you are supporting small and micro businesses, the backbone of the economic recovery.
If you need a bigger fix of Farmers Markets and local produce please come and see us at –
Tonbridge Farmers Market, 12th July and the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Aylesford Farmers Market at the Priory, 19th July and the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Next month is The Chilli Circus at Elm Court Farmers’ Market August 2nd.
Future dates for the Elm Court market are
2nd August 2015…The Chilli Circus
6th September 2015… A Jam Jamboree
4th October 2015 …Pink Sunday
1st November 2015…Love Cheese
6th December 2015…Christmas Drinks Special
3rd January 2016…Farmhouse Breakfast Market
7th February 2016….Scallop Sunday
6th March 2016…Month is Marmalade Month
3rd April 2016…The Big Curry
1st May 2016…Real Bread Month
5th June 2016…Our 4th Birthday and it’s Kent Farmers Market Month
3rd July 2016… A Berry Bonanza
Contact details are
Steve Wood 07876 685853
Elm Court Farmers Market
PO Box 325
Thanks to Mary Gwynn for her input in this news letter and other Kent Farmers Market Association literature.