Borough Market traders were given a run for their money on February 7 when four local schools set up shop for the second year of the Young Marketeers Winter Sale. With pots full of soup and baskets of freshly baked bread, the primary and secondary students showed off their selling prowess, raising a very impressive £494 for FareShare. That means 1976 meals can be distributed to vulnerable families across the capital made from surplus food.
This month sees our Winter Sale schools visit iconic Borough Market for the next element of the Young Marketeers programme. Students from two secondary and two primary schools will enjoy a master class from chef Nicole Pisani on how to create delicious soups from surplus veg and a bread making class from the team at Bread Ahead bakery school. The recipes each school come up with will then be assessed by Borough Markets Food Quality Team.
December marks the start of the second year of our Young Marketeers Winter Sale involving four schools in Southwark. Later this month, each school will be visiting the Fareshare London depot where they will witness what happens to the nearly 8,000 tonnes of food saved from waste and understand of the challenge of food poverty. All the money they raise at the Sale Day in February will be used FareShare to re-distribute meals to vulnerable families across the capital.
November sees the launch of our brand new enterprise project for secondary school students, Know Your Onions. The programme will support schools develop food growing spaces and, with the help of a professional chef, give them top tips on how to cook what they harvest. Students will also get the chance to see food growing at scale with a visit to a Market Garden in London to develop ideas on how to make their school gardens more productive and planet friendly. At the end of the school year, students will harvest and sell their produce at their local street markets to raise money for more food education activities.
The 5th anniversary of our Young Marketeers Harvest Sale was a huge success this month with our tiny market traders raising £395 for food surplus charity FareShare. Students from 15 schools across London set up shop at Borough Market to sell their school-grown Autumn produce which included plenty of pumpkins, squash, apples, beetroot. Back in the Spring, schools received gardening training from Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins and a visit to borough Market to learn trade secrets on how to create a winning stall. An eye-opening visit to the FareShare depot showed students how the money they would raise would be used.
Schools to Market has just celebrated another fantastic Market Day.
Our enterprising young people from 32 schools across London and Cheltenham made a very impressive £2,292.30 for their food education programmes selling chutneys and sauces at their local Whole Foods Market. Chutneys came in many different varieties from Beetroot, Apple and Ginger to Strawberry and Red Onion along with a rather special Mint Sauce!
Here are some quotes from the day-
‘Working as a group on the project was the best part. And visiting the farm, I had never been to one before’ Y4 student Our Lady of Victories Primary School
‘I thought I hated chutney but I love it now!’ Nelson Primary Y5 student
Our four final primary schools from Scotland will be selling their chutneys & sauces on September 22 at Whole Foods Market Giffnock from 11.30-1.30pm .