In 2004, during the SEEDA Market Town Health Check, research showed that the people of Hythe were keen to have a Farmers’ Market. The Society’s representative on the SEEDA Committee, in partnership with two others, took the idea forward. Farmers’ Markets were fairly new to the area at the time but once a suitable venue had been identified — the hall behind The Light Railway Restaurant - and stallholders were forthcoming, the venture proved a great success.
When SEEDA funding came to an end the market became self-sufficient and is still thriving - albeit in a new venue, at St Michael’s Church Centre. After ten and half years as organisers the founders stepped down and the market is now run very successfully by others.