Kent Farmers’ Market Association was formed in 2007 following a study commissioned by Produced in Kent and carried out by the Kent Business School. This established the considerable value that Farmers’ Markets had on the local economy (nearly £3m per year) but highlighted that growth was faltering because:-
This stimulated an initiative from market managers themselves to exploit more cooperative ways of working. The Association is England’s largest regional grouping of farmers’ markets, representing all the farmers’ markets in the County, which operate nearly 1000 markets a year. It undertakes a range of activities, including:
We believe passionately that Farmers’ Markets provide shoppers with higher quality, more nutritious, easily traceable, fresher local food and drink. In addition, they give Kent’s farmers and small food enterprises the opportunity to sell direct to the public and so get a fair price for their products, and offer the chance for communities to get together, and often to replace a closed village shop.
Here is a link with an interactive map so that you can find out which markets are on and how to get there