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The quaintest of farmers' markets, located in a beautiful Kentish village. It runs on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 9am-1pm.
The market provides a heart to this small village (3,000 approx inhabitants). Wonderful product range, good location, lots of colours and a range of events. Energetically managed by Richard, a passionate advocate of community spirit and environmental sustainability.
Reached by train, bicycle, bus, foot or car. It's in the heart of the village and can be accessed by all.
The market is located adjacent to a small green where people can sit in the summer, either on the grass or on benches. The Green could definitely do with Bryant Park-style movable chairs though. It's a place that is so pretty, yet under-utilised, except when there is a market.
There are usually 15-20 vendors selling a range of produce. Otherwise, activities vary, always low-key and enchanting: boules, music, apple bobbing. Latest U.S import is cherry stone spitting.
Students mingle with the elderly and kids - it's probably the only time I've seen these crowds unite in the pursuit of good food and great atmosphere.
There's always a million reasons why one can't/mustn't start a farmers' market - among them: regulations, bureaucracy, retail opposition and apathy. Richard wasn't going to let any of them get in his way - he's a classic example of what PPS calls a "zealous nut." So he started the market in 1999 and the village hasn't looked back. On a good summers day, the place is packed with people; on a English grey rainy day, the market has a gentle, solid air to it. It's tough being a farmer in Kent - and the ones who come month after month to sell their goods at the market give a wonderful air to the village.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.