Many Towns and villages throughout the country have regular Country Markets selling locally grown plants and produce, home-cooked foods, preserves, honey, poultry and eggs direct to the public. The first markets were opened in 1919 at a time of national economic difficulty and unrest after the First World War. They helped their members, the unemployed, pensioners and ex-servicemen to sell surplus garden produce.
The aims of the markets are the same now as they were then. This is to make it worthwhile financially, to keep gardens in cultivation, to prevent waste by encouraging good growing and harvesting, to help people develop their skills and market their produce by working together. Any person can become a shareholder and join the Market.
Longfield Market opened in July 1978. For almost 25 years regular Markets were held in the Jubilee Hall. The Market then faced a crisis with falling sales so arranged to do a swap into the Longfield and Community Hall which is both larger and has a free car park. The Market then began to thrive again and since 2002 has been the top selling Market in West Kent. This is a very popular local Market and has many loyal customers from the New Ash Green, Hartley, New Barn and Longfield areas, not to mention those from further a field.
In July 2008, the Market celebrated its 30th Birthday by inviting the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford to officially open the Market. All customers were given a much appreciated free drink and slice of celebration cake. Past shareholders and customers from throughout the years were also invited. A lovely morning was had by all.
Apart from selling tea and coffee and becoming a local Meeting place the Market also takes part in local and National events such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning.