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The Fat Carrot

A Compassionate Food Company

November 2013

Dear Carrot fans,

Hello and welcome to our November issue. We are getting in the mood for Christmas!

The Fat Carrot Festive Meal

Great News- our Festive Meal tickets are now available! It will be held at Tastebuds Café, Offham on Saturday 14th December, 7.30pm and some of the ticket price and the raffle money will be donated to Spadework charity. The menu is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and drop us a line if you would like to attend and need gluten free options. Tickets are £32 per person and can be bought on-line via ticketscript on the diary page of our website or facebook page, direct from us at farmers’ markets or from The Vegetable Patch Farm Shop, Spadework Nursery, Offham. Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Guests will be seated banquet style and seated on a first to arrive basis. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Christmas Order Forms

Attached is an order form for festive food, this will be available to order for collection from 14th November until 23rd December. Orders can be collected at any of the Farmers’ Market in our diary in that period or sent to Bourne Produce, East Peckham, PJ’s Farm Shop, Maidstone or The Vegetable Patch Farm Shop, Offham. Delivery may be able to be arranged with a small charge depending on the distance from base. You can put your order in as soon as you like but please allow a minimum of 5 days when ordering to guarantee it.

Upcoming Events & Farmers’ Markets:

Saturday 2nd November Penshurst Farmers’ Market 9.30-12

Sunday 3rd November Westerham Farmers’ Market 9-12.30

Thursday 7th November Shipbourne Farmers’ Market 9-11 (craft week)

Friday 8th November Horsmonden Farmers Market 8.30-11.30

Saturday 9th November Offham, Spadework Farmers’ Market 10.00-1

Sunday 10th November Tonbridge Farmers’ Market 9.30-1.30

Thursday 14th November Shipbourne Farmers’ Market 9-11

Friday 15th November Hospice in the Weald Christmas Fair, Pembury 10-4

Saturday 16th November Hospice in the Weald Christmas Fair, Pembury 10-4

Sunday 17th November Westerham Farmers’ Market 9-12.30

Thursday 28th November Shipbourne Farmers Market 9-11

Sunday 1st December Sissinghurst Christmas Fair 10.30-3.30

Correct at time of publication but changes may occur.

Meeting the Roux’s

Well known chefs the Roux’s came to Shipbourne in October and a charity meal was held at The Chaser Inn, in aid of St Giles Church. The menu was based on produce from Shipbourne Farmers’ Market. The evening was a great success and everyone had a fantastic time. Photo albums can be found on The Fat Carrot & Shipbourne Farmers’ Market facebook pages.

Taste of Kent Awards

Voting is now open for the Taste of Kent awards you can vote for your favourite farmers market here:


Unfortunately our fund raising efforts for breast cancer care on Pink Sunday at Tonbridge Farmers’ Market were a bit of a wash out! The producers and organizers made a great effort and there were many and varied bright pink outfits and even a pink poodle but it rained the entire morning making footfall for this market the lowest I have ever seen. The Fat Carrot would still like to raise some money for the charity and if anyone has any ideas for how we could do so please get in touch.

We are pleased to report though that Santander Tunbridge Wells branch raised over £40 for CLIC Sargent by selling our spooky cakes for Halloween.

This month we will be at Offham, Spadework Farmers’ Market and 10% of the producers take goes to the charity so the more you spend the more the charity earns! You can of course also come to our Festive Meal which will be helping to raise money for this Kent charity.

In November we will be at the Hospice in The Weald Christmas Fair which is a great event and we hope will be well supported.


If you have an event coming up and would like to relax and enjoy it and not have to make the food then we can help. We can provide the whole meal, just the veggie options or a buffet selection. Even a picnic if you are brave enough in this weather!

Closure of Horsmonden Farmers’ Market

Sadly Horsmonden Farmers’ Market will be closing after Dec 6th. Despite the best efforts of the current market management team the support for this market has dwindled. One of the big producers that attended this market (and several other markets) has also ceased trading. Local facilities do need local support – in essence ‘use it or lose it’. Remember £1.00 spent with local producers is worth £1.76 to the local economy but only £0.36 if it is spent with a supermarket. If all Kent families aim to spend 10% of their weekly shop locally the local economy would benefit vastly.

Best Wishes


The Fat Carrot ltd

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