The village of Aylesford is making a name as a destination for local food and drink by hosting one of Kent’s newest farmers’ markets, which is held on the third Sunday of every month at Aylesford Priory. Already the largest farmers’ market in the Maidstone area, Aylesford Farmers’ Market brings together up to 45 stalls offering everything from fresh fish to game, fresh vegetables and fruit alongside ready prepared dishes, pasta sauces, handmade chocolates, vegetarian dishes, cakes and breads. The market includes a stage with a demonstration kitchen, a covered eating area for Sunday brunch and some local craft displays.
The area surrounding Aylesford is also home to several farm shops including Holtwood Farm Shop, Haven Farm Shop and PJ’s Farm Shop where fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables can be found as well as deli foods, preserves, cakes, bread, confectionery and more.
Aylesford is allegedly one of the oldest continually occupied sites in England and there is a record of a bridge spanning the Medway at this point in 1287. Located four miles North West of Maidstone, the village of Aylesford has expanded rapidly over the past 30 years, but still retains many of its beautiful old buildings including the Chequers Inn, the George House (formerly a coaching inn), and the Almshouses.