The market sits next to the beautiful St Dunstan’s Church, the building, often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Weald’, dates back over 500 years and is an impressive landmark for a small country market town. Cranbrook is surrounded by orchards and farmland. It has many lovely and unique shops and resident artists. Worth a visit is the Union Windmill a grade 1 listed windmill run by volunteers. Cranbrook also has its own museum and is close to the National Trust property Sissinghurst Castle.
NB stalls must have PL insurance and EHO rating for food.
Cranbrook Farmers’ Market Policies for stallholders 2019
Food stalls must have a recent EHO rating (3 or above).
Alcohol stalls must be licensed or pay for the market to have a TEN (usually £21)
Food ingredients and allergens should be labelled or in the case of loose goods known by the seller (or a list kept at the stall). For allergy guidance see here: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-
The Markets opening hours are 9.30am-1pm, the hall is open from 8.30am for set up. The hall is hired until 2pm so take down must be before this.
On occasion the market may be asked to close slightly early for other local events. This will be at the discretion of the market manager.
On very rare occasions Markets may have to be cancelled. Usually owing to circumstances beyond our control e.g. roadworks, extreme weather, venue closure. These will be notified ASAP. NB we cannot compensate stalls for losses in these circumstances.
All producers and stall holders must have public and product liability insurance to the value of £5 million.
A copy of this must be seen before trading is commenced. Stall holders must have any other relevant insurance that is required by law.
NB it could invalidate the markets own insurance if any stall does not.
The market offers on free stall per month to a charity or community stall and has a community information table.
Stall-holder & charity/ community pitch enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity /community pitches are given at the discretion of the market manager. Charities/ community groups may not apply for more than one pitch per calendar year.
Charity / community stalls must not sell or give away* anything that conflicts with regular stallholders. – Market manager must approve.
Charity /community pitches can use their table to: give out information, fliers etc./ sell tickets to events/ run a raffle/ tom-bola or similar.
Pitch is £12, payable on the day. A receipt will be given.
To ensure the market covers its costs a £5 cancellation charge applies to stalls cancelling after 6pm on the Monday before a market.
For regular stalls this will be added to their next markets pitch.
For guest stalls an invoice will be sent to be paid by direct transfer.
• Regular stalls will be considered booked to all 12 markets unless they have cancelled by email in advance.
Tea/ coffee is available from The Fat Carrot pop-up Cafe inclusive in pitch cost (except charity/ community stalls). Higher priced drinks are charged at the price difference.
Stalls (except charity/ community stalls) are entitled to 10% discount at the Cafe.
Regular stalls will be considered booked to all 12 markets unless they have cancelled by email in advance.
Tables but not tablecloths can be provided by the market. NB in busy months some stallholders may be asked to provide their own tables.
All stall holders must remove their own rubbish and leave their pitch in a clean condition.
The main entrance to the hall is via stairs but an alternative route to the back door can avoid any steps.
It is possible to unload on the double yellow lines outside the hall. Vehicles must then be moved promptly to the free car park nearby.
Outdoor stalls must not block pavements or access to the church/ shops etc.
Indoor stalls must not block Fire Exits.
The Market First Aider is: Jane Osborne.
The First Aid Kit is situated in the Kitchen.
The nearest Defibrillator is at The George Hotel (opposite the hall).
Stallholders wishing to use FaceBook or Twitter to put pictures/ offers/ information on the social media can email it to the market manager.
• We are members of the Kent Farmers’ Market Association (KFMA). To comply with the ethics of the Farmers’ Market Association we follow these guidelines:
• Kent’s Farmers’ Markets should predominantly offer produce that is grown, reared, caught or processed from within Kent, Surrey or Sussex. Processed food and drink should contain as much local ingredients as practical. Within thirty-five miles is ideal, but for some, that could include Essex and even Nord Pas De Calais, so, as you can see, we need to be reasonable in how we interpret this!
• Fair trade and traceability stallholders should be involved in and/or knowledgeable in the production of everything they sell. A sensible guide means products must never be bought from wholesale markets, or any other source where fruit or vegetables cannot be traced back to the farm where it was grown.
Quality and nutrition Customers really like and value high quality, fresh produce. It should be produced in ways that conserve the environment and respect animal welfare, e.g. free-range. It must comply with all relevant regulatory standards.