It’s that exciting day again – the first Saturday of the month – so I am dashing off to a great favourite of South East Tour Guides, Penshurst Farmers’ Market, which showcases so much wonderful local produce (we really are spoilt here in the Garden of England). Earlier in the year it was Asparagus Day that got me setting my alarm clock early (for a weekend). Today I’m off to the Christmas Farmers’ Market.
According to Benjamin Dent, chairman of Kent Farmers’ Market Association, with 43 stalls it’s going to be the largest Farmers’ Market held at Penshurst Place since they began in 2005. I am looking forward to a Christmas tipple of mulled wine or local ale with the odd mince pie (or one of those divine hot dogs)while enjoying the Penshurst Choral Society singing carols, and the Penshurst Village Morris Dancers.
Christmas Tree in the Baron's Hall at Penshurst Place
Yesterday I bought some Christmas goodies at Penshurst’s first Village Christmas Gift Market (still on today so not too late to pick up a Christmassy bargain), having already started my Christmas shopping in Penshurst Place’s own very festive Gift Shop a couple of weeks ago.
I understand Father Christmas is also visiting Penshurst Place this weekend, but sadly at 18 and 20 I can no longer persuade my children to come along.
Tomorrow evening, however I’m off to Penshurst Church to really get into the festive spirit with a Choral Christmas Concert by the Penshurst Choral Society. I’m hoping to pick up some tips for our three evenings of Carol Singing around the lanes (and pubs) of the Chiddingstones later in the month.
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I’ll be making a specially early start to get to tomorrow’s Penshurst Farmers’ Market the minute it opens because it’s one of the highlights of my culinary year - Asparagus Day. We are trying to grow it at home but it takes a few years to appear in sufficient quantities to move beyond the status of caviar, whereas tomorrow I’ll be able to buy enough for several meals with more for soup! In true Penshurst fashion they also provide very generous tastings cooked in different ways…
Asparagus is traditionally the first home-grown vegetable of the year. It has a very short season making it the ultimate seasonal treat. This spring , thanks to the warm weather, asparagus has been available earlier than usual but for the same reason the season may finish earlier so don’t miss out!
The Penshurst Farmers Market is held on the first Saturday of the month, opening at 9.30am and closing at noon.