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What's in season?
What's in Season

Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in December

The pandemic has been hard for all of us and we still donít know how things are going to develop as the month unfolds but we all want to keep Christmas special. At the farmersí market, you can keeping Christmas local too.

A visit to the Farmersí market in December is the perfect way to get into the true spirit of Christmas whether you are looking for traditional Christmas fare like turkey and Brussels sprouts or something a bit more out of the ordinary, you will find everything you need for a great Christmas at our local markets.

If you want to try something new this year, you will find a great selection of meats: maybe a haunch of venison, a goose or magnificent roast of beef on the bone, pork, or lamb. If you are catering for smaller numbers, a pheasant or wild duck could be a good choice.

For fish lovers smoked salmon, fresh turbot or halibut are good Christmas choices.

You will also find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at many of our markets.

Whatever you choose, buying locally means you are supporting small local producers and have the satisfaction of caring for the environment too.

As well as all the traditional festive produce, there are plenty of specialty foods available: a gammon or ham, specialty soups, chutneys, cheeses, Kentish cobnuts and homemade cakes, fudge and chocolates are all to be found. And, in many cases, you will be able to sample before you buy! 

You will also find locally made craft items that make great quality Christmas presents and donít forget locally produced fruit juices, wine, beer and spirits. A few extra loaves of good, locally baked artisan bread to tuck in the freezer for turkey sandwiches or to go with a bowl of soup also makes sense.

At the farmers' market, you will experience all the sights, scents and sounds of the season as you choose the best produce to enjoy at this special time of year. Whatís more you can get advice on the best way to cook your produce; itís a world away from the scrum and trolley jams of the supermarket.

So, a visit to the farmersí market is a great way to kick off your Christmas. We look forward to seeing you and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!

Recipe of the month>

Each month a different farmers' market is featured in Kent Life Magazine along with a seasonal recipe made with local produce HERE>

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