Christmas Farmers Markets in Kent

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:22 20 February 2013

Shopping at Kentish Christmas Farmers' Markets is particularly enjoyable, with many offering seasonal attractions and craft stalls

Christmas Farmers Market

Shopping at Christmas farmers markets is particularly enjoyable, with many offering seasonal attractions and craft stalls. So, whether stocking up for Christmas meals or searching for presents which will bring more festive cheer than another pair of socks, come along and have yourself a merry Kentish Christmas.

Thursday 3rd

Stansted: 9-11, Village Hall wide range of Christmas treats and present ideas

Friday 4th

Challock: 1-4, Memorial Hall - Mikki the Clown from 3-4pm, and childrens farm bingo.

Saturday 5th

Penshurst: 9.30-12, Penshurst Place Father Christmas in his grotto; Penshurst Choral Society; mulled apple juice, hampers, wreaths, trees and decorations

Chartham: 2.30-5, Village Hall - brass band carols

Yalding: 5-8pm, High Street - street entertainment, music and stalls selling Christmas trees, wreaths, cakes, cards, gifts, including candles, preserves, ceramics and handmade jewellery, plus drinks and food.

Friday 11th

Horsmonden: 9-12, Village Hall - carol singers, school childrens exhibition on reducing Christmas carbon footprint

Egerton: 2-4.30, Village Hall - free Grand Draw for three Christmas hampers.

Thursday 17th

Shipbourne: 9-11, St Giles Church - School choir singing carols

Chartham; (as above) - School choir singing carols

Saturday 19th

Wye: 9-12, The Green hand bell ringers and carol singers; mince pies and spiced apple juice; Santas grotto and face painting

Tunbridge Wells (Pantiles): street entertainers and craft stalls

Sunday 20th

Warehorne: 1012.30, Village Hall - mince pies, mulled wine and sing-along carols with local musicians

Clifftonville: 10-1 - Father Christmas and seasonal brass band

West Malling: 9.30-1.30, High Street - carol singers

Tuesday 22nd

Hildenborough: 9-11, Church Hall school carol singers; mulled wine and mince pies; Father Christmas and raffle for hamper.

Capel-le-Ferne: 10-12.30, Village Hall - Father Christmas, Nativity scene; stallholders in fancy dress; WI singing carols and collecting for Demelza House childrens hospice; mince pies and yuletide punch.

Tunbridge Wells: 12-6pm, Town Hall - baskets of preserves, pates, desserts, mince pies and Christmas cakes, holly wreaths and Christmas trees

23rd December

Shipbourne: extra market for picking-up pre-orders and buying last minute items.

Redcurrant and Mushroom Stuffing

225g/8oz redcurrant jelly 115g/4 oz belly pork or fat bacon minced

25g/1oz chopped parsley 100g/4 oz white breadcrumbs

25g/1oz caster sugar garlic clove

40g/1 oz finely chopped onion 25g/1oz butter

100g/4oz mushrooms chopped, including stalks

40g dried mushrooms 1 small egg

rind of 1 lemon Thyme - pinch

Soak the dried mushrooms for 20 minutes in warm water, while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Pork/bacon can be briefly food processed to mince if necessary.

Heat redcurrant jelly with sugar and 2 tablespoons of mushroom liquid.

Cook onion on gentle heat for 10-15 minutes; add fresh and chopped dried mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes.

Mix mushroom mixture with pork, parsley, breadcrumbs, garlic, thyme, lemon rind and melted redcurrant jelly. Season, then bind with egg.

You can cook the stuffing in the turkey, or as I do cook separately in oven, covered in foil for 30 minutes.

Shopping tip - Mushrooms: buy firm not spongy, with dry gills underneath. Store in a paper bag in refrigerator for no more than 4 days. Clean by brushing off any dirt or wiping with damp cloth, not washing. Only peel if discoloured.




Pick of the Months Local Produce

Free-range Kentish turkey and goose

Partridge

Pheasant

Sea bass (line caught)

Green and red cabbages

Brussels sprouts

Celeriac

Jerusalem artichokes

Leeks

Parsnips

Apples

Pears




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