Pupils bring local food to the playground
3 January 2012 - In the run up to Christmas, pupils from two Lincolnshire schools held their own farmers' markets selling homemade and local produce.
The Richmond School in Skegness, and New Leake Primary School in Boston, opened their doors to local farmers, producers, parents and community members. It was such a success that one of the schools has already scheduled another market for the Spring term!
The benefits of holding a school farmers market are manifold. They give adults and children the opportunity to buy affordable and fresh local produce as well as meeting the producers face-to-face.
The Parent Teacher Association raised a small income from refreshments sold at each of the markets, with pupils expertly serving shoppers with a range of teas, coffees and homemade mince pies. Stalls sold a range of produce including dairy, bakery goods, preserves and plants
Students were involved with organising the markets from start to finish, taking responsibility for what happened on the day, learning important customer service and enterprise skills, as well as building on numeracy, literacy and ICT that link to food education and are part of their ongoing Food for Life Partnership work. Money raised will go towards funding farm visits or food education activities.
Shirley Yarnall, school business manager at New Leake Primary said: “Holding our market is a fantastic opportunity for the school and surrounding community. Additionally, everyone involved so far has benefitted. We’ve seen such enthusiasm from the pupils as they prepare for and learn about their market and food and farming.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Headteacher at The Richmond School, Caroline Wellsted added: “The school is extremely pleased with the response to our first Farmers’ Market as this was a completely new venture for us. The event was well-attended and we received positive feedback from the stall holders. As a result of its success our next market has been arranged for March 21 2013, where there will be a wider range of produce available”.
Find out more
So far, over 100 School Farmers’ Markets have been run by children in mid-Wales, Shropshire, Central Warwickshire, London, Durham and the Peak district. If you would like to set up a Farmers Market in your school, read more on the Soil Association website: www.soilassociation.org/schoolfarmersmarkets or contact our Farm Links Officer, Will Marcombe at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0117 9874573