Fairtrade Fortnight is upon us and it’s time to shine the spotlight on some of the best local farmers market traders in here in Kent from vegan treats to unforgettable KentishÃ¯Â¿Â½cheese and rare breed scotch eggs.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Naked and Ready Foods
Set up by ex-chefs Spencer and Jo Jeffrey, Naked and Ready Foods, who are based in Frant, produce a range of Scotch eggs, pork pies, dips, pates and hummus using top quality local ingredients including rare breed organic meat and vegetables. Look out for the sweet potato curry scotch egg and the smoked salmon pate.
Find them at: Tunbridge Wells (Pantiles and Town Hall), Penshurst, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge markets
The Fat Carrot
Founded by Jane Apps who has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, The Fat Carrot specialise in vegetarian and vegan food and source their vegetables as locally and seasonally as possible. If you’re making meatless Mondays a thing, the sweet potato and spinach curry is a winner and if something sweet is taking your fancy why not try a Kentish cherry pie?
Find them at: Tonbridge, Cranbrook, Lamberhurst and Penshurst markets
Thomas Cookie Co.
After starting trading at Tonbridge Farmers’ Market in 2015, Thomas Cookie Co. use an old family recipe and method that has been modified and perfected over many years. This has produced a range of cookies that will delight both traditionalists with their chocolate chip cookies right through to modern day foodies who will love the Brookie, a delectable cookie and brownie combination.
Find them at: Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Penshurst markets
Green Door Deli
Specialising in and promoting English artisan cheese the Green Door Deli sell a range from across the UK as well as those local to Kent and Sussex. Taking their love for fromage further, they make goats cheese and also smoke a range of cheeses from their base in Staplehurst.
Find them at: Tunbridge Wells (Town Hall) and Sissinghurst markets
Brittle & Bark
A gourmet confectionery based in Sevenoaks, Brittle & Bark are known for their decadent creations made in small batches and sometimes in collaboration with other local producers with organic, ethically sourced, and premium ingredients in mind. Their creations are 100% free from additives, preservatives and cater for those who have dietary requirements too.
Find them at: Sevenoaks market