Invite to Cliftonville Farmers’ Market

Photo John Horton

Cliftonville Farmers Market will take place this Sunday (November 29).

Stall holders will have goods on offer at the Oval bandstand in Eastern Esplanade from 10am to 1pm.

Stallholders will be selling, seasonal veg, wild game, lamb, beef, pork, sausages, bacon, preserves, pickles, jams, pears, apples, crumbles, fruit juice, cakes, vegetarian slices, artisan bread, croissants, pastries, doughnuts, Kentish saffron, Russian food, doggie treats, Kentish cheeses, wild honey, vegan ready meals, vegan cakes, vegan cheese, vegan salami, vegan bacon, vegan preserves, coffee, Jamaican curries, shellfish, fresh fish, free range eggs, duck eggs, micro greens, Kentish crisps, eco friendly goods and plants,

Government guidelines will be in place, hand sanitisers, social distancing and organisers ask that everyone wears a face covering.

Please social distance while queuing.

The Christmas market will be on Sunday December 20. There will not be a market on the last Sunday of December.

There is also an online market this weekend (both days) for goods from local crafters.

Drop in to  @makersmarkets Instagram to see the weekend activity.


  1. This shouldn’t be going ahead and is very irresponsible of the Cliftonville Residents association.

    People travel to this market from outside the area… this should not be going ahead.

    Shame on them ! Profit before lives!

    • How dare they come all the way from Ramsgate to shop outside in the fresh air, before you know it people will be asking for supermarkets to be reopened, why can’t everyone just grow their own food.

    • Mrs. Canty I thought you might like to know where profit over lives goes.
      Cliftonville Residents Association has recently donated £500 to Gordon Road Area Street Scheme towards their GRASS Christmas voucher scheme, also £500 to local charity The Cheerful Sparrows who help Thanet families in dire straights.This excellent charity depends on donations from the public, they help families with school uniforms for their children that they cannot afford and lastly £200 to a local under 11’s girls and boys football team to buy training equipment. This money has been generated by the farmers’ market.
      After paying TDC for usage of the lawns and storeroom and something in hand for replacement gazebos, we make regular donations to charitable organisations particularly families with children.
      We certainly would not put profit before lives.

      • Well done to Cliftonville Residents Association for their generous donations to worthy causes.
        It is lovely to read something positive for a change.

  2. An open-air market is far less dangerous than going in supermarkets (I go to the farmers market but I refuse to go to Westwood Cross).

    I highly recommend the fresh fish stall (why is it otherwise so difficult to otherwise buy fresh fish in Thanet seaside towns?), also the Russian food stall (run by a lovely lady whose accent is almost as delicious as her produce!).

  3. never going to this market again we went not this summer but last with the inlaws told them how fab it was and we all got food poisoning from one of the pie stalls my inlaws were driving back that day back up north. they had to keep stopping took them twice as long to get home.

    • So, you condemn an entire market because of one, alleged, bad stall? Do you avoid shopping centres if you get poor service in one store?

      • Do you jump on everyone that gives a bad review? I am telling you what happened there was like six stalls a boot fair and some cars we didn’t enjoy it and we got ill from it. not everyone going to suck up to you.

        • Not jumping on anyone kind sir, just wondering why (a) you’re so certain it was the pie, and (b) you didn’t report it at the time?

          • one i am a woman 2 we only brought pie from the market for lunch 3 didn’t know who to report it too. 4 wasn’t unwell until after eating said pie 5 by the time we were well again market was over.

        • Are you sure it was the farmers market as they have between 16 – 25 stalls each month and never had a boot fair.
          Palm Bay school has boot fairs with stalls and they have had cars showing there before the pandemic
          The market only sells food & drink and I think over the years an occasional charity stall.

          • I think I know where i was thank you very much. there were stalls and a car show going on and also people selling stuff from the back of their cars. not this summer is gone but the one before in June/ july 2019

        • I was only making a comment.
          I cannot believe how much anger and aggression there is in your posts.
          I am sorry you and your family had tummy upsets, but really with what is happening in the world with the pandemic is it really of such importance. I am gobsmacked!

          • A quick google reveals that there was a big car show in Cliftonville on 30th June 2019… and the Farmer’s Market was on 14th June 2019! So I think Jay Lake owes everyone a massive apology.

          • @james you say there is anger in my post, I don’t think so somehow I was defending myself
            Peter Checksfield I do not. who the hell do you think you are talking to me like that? we still got food from the market that was there we also got very ill from it. I have nothing to say sorry about. also funny how you didn’t allow me to reply to your comment. you just don’t like bad press

          • Jay Lake (a) I’m not stopping you from replying to my comment (unlike facebook there’s a limit to replies on this site that is out of my control), (b) Any “bad press” doesn’t affect me personally, as I have nothing to do with the market other than being an occasional customer, and (c) YOU stated that there was a car show going on – as explained, this was NOT the Farmer’s Market, but an entirely separate event (like to think that I wouldn’t be stupid enough to buy a pie at an outdoor motor show!).

    • Never a good idea to buy any food product from an outside seller.

      Things might look good, on display, but behind the scenes, you don’t know what is happening with variations in temperatures, and flies/bees etc. How can a stall holder maintain cleanliness without proper running hot water?

      • My name is June Chadband and I am the market manager of Cliftonville Farmers’ Market. Mrs. Canty, your remark Profit before Lives I take great offence to. Whose profit do you mean and Jay Lake you should have contacted me regarding the food poisoning and I could have given you the contact details of the producer.
        To have a stall at a farmers market producers have to have their kitchens inspected by local councils and they are then awarded a Hygiene Rating.
        They also have to have insurance to trade. All the markets are operating in Kent and we all follow all the Government guidelines.
        In the nearly 20 years that the market has been running I have remained an unpaid volunteer.
        How sad it is that local people knock something that has given so much to the area. Thank you Mr Checksfield for your positive comments.
        You are the sort of shopper we like at Cliftonville.
        Personally, I would much prefer to shop at an outdoor venue than a supermarket where people handle the goods and don’t wear face coverings.
        Nobody has to shop at a farmers market if the don’t wish to, it is the shoppers prerogative.

        • June, your comment is ridiculous, people not wearing masks, and people not handling the food.

          Does it jump on to the market stall, and then jump to the customers?

          • As a stall holder we have a COVID risk assessment and COVID protocol in place. We accept contact less and no one touches our produce except us. We sanitise every time we handle cash and wear face coverings. We have been shadowed by the EHO at another market who was more than happy with our proceeduce and I would respectfully suggest they probably have more knowledge of the risks an you

        • so June in 20 years you never had a complain I hardly think that’s right. you’re just upset that I have said something in the paper and you cant cover it up.

      • You do realise there are fruit and veg stalls, the fish is in ice, and cakes and pastries are all covered?

          • So does every other shop/pub/restaurant/food processing plant/etc.

            The fresh fish stall supplies many top restaurants and has a great reputation, and I don’t think I’m going to catch too much from buying cabbages and apples…

        • Peter Checksfield you got a lot to say for yourself. I was there and I know it was a market and surly all food stall should follow the same guidelines. I bet you’re the sort of person that think your always right well I got news for you, sweetie, your not

          • Calm down dear, calm down. Yes they should follow guidelines, but it was the Farmer’s Market that you complained about (same location – different organisation & sellers!). It’s like complaining about Primark when you have a problem with Marks & Spencer’s – just because they’re both at Westwood Cross doesn’t make them the same company.

      • Having seen the state of most takeaways & restaurants behind the scenes on television shows over the years it amazes me anybody wants to consume food from them.

  4. There is nothing wrong with this market so many bad comments what is discusting they are all volunteers and its not about profit actually

  5. Excellent to have the market there with quite a lot of immune boasting healthy food from local businesses. Far better than unhealthy, over processed food and pesticide laden veg from some of the vast soul-less supermarkets who drive down farmers’ prices. Or the fast food places with some carcinogenic and obese making goods. . Lots of enjoyment here at the market to make for a happy, functional community – many of which are very astute about health, statistics and what is accurate and what is fear mongering.

  6. I have just returned home from a very professionally run farmers’ market.
    The choice of food stalls was excellent. With the exception of small children I did not see one person without a mask and all the stallholders wore tgem as well.
    I was greeted at the entrance by Mrs. Chadband who asked us to use the sanitiser and to please keep social distance.
    I feel so sorry for the organisers who obviously run a very good market.
    As I said before the choice of food
    is excellent and the stallholders so helpfull.
    I take my hat off to Mrs.Chadband for running the market for all those years as an unpaid volunteer.
    You deserve an award!

    • Glad it was up to its usual high standard (must confess I didn’t go this time due to prior engagements).

  7. This should be going ahead and has every right too as it is fully compliant with every guide line. As a stall holder producing perishable produce we are classed as essential business we are tremendous grateful to the organisers for all the extra work they have put in to ensure it goes ahead. What shouldn’t be happening is people hiding behind social media to impose their views on others to damage legitimate legal essential local business and the organisers should be praised not chastised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If the local authorities succumb to this nonsense close this vital local resource it would be a travesty

  8. Another great run market, well done to the organisers.
    Shopping in the fresh air and not a supermarket surely is the best way!!

  9. Kevin Gay

    You are obviously some kind of an idiot, since when do the people employed in supermarkets handle the food?

    So they handle the food, and the stall holders don’t, this must be magic.

    • My point was, and I did not feel the need to resort to personal insults was that in the supermarket the open produce can be touched by all and sundry before you purchase. Also everyone who sells at the market is required to be registered and inspected by the local authority and be trained in food hygiene. If you wish you can visit the food standard agency as find every indivual stalls food hygiene rating. It’s very easy to throw around unsubstantiated slurs!!!!

      • But Kevin, there is no difference between the majority of market stalls, and also supermarkets and other shops. People can openly pick up/touch food produce and other items, and also cough and breath, over the items. Not all products are packaged in either place.

        • We actively prevent people from handling our produce before they purchase I diont see that happening in any major supermarket and I have never seen anyone on a check out sanitise after handling cash and before the next persons shopping

  10. I run the coffee stall and had a very busy day. My queue was 5 deep at times but everyone adhered to the rules and were spaced out.
    From my van I could see most of the market and it all looked very spaced out despite the amount of people. It was very well organised.
    Shopping in the fresh air is so much better than and enclosed supermarket.
    Well done to June and her team

  11. I have checked our records and on Sunday June 30th 2019, the day we held our farmers market, there was a car show organised and run by a classic car group, held on the Oval Lawns. The event was nothing to do with our market and they did have their own traders and hot and cold food outlets. They must have organised it through TDC’s Events department.
    I reiterate, they were nothing to do with us
    On that day we had 23 stallholders at our farmers market.
    We hold the market on the last Sunday of the month with the exception of December when it is held on the Sunday before Christmas.
    Hope this clarifies some issues.

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