Great value fruit and veg at borough’s first schools’ food market

 

Young entrepreneurs are helping residents to feel healthier this summer with fresh produce on sale at the borough’s first schools food market.

Children from 16 local schools, including Croydon’s three food flagship schools – Rockmount and Fairchildes primaries, and Meridian High – will set up their own market stalls offering great value fruit, vegetables, herbs, chutneys and more on Thursday 7 July in Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, from 1.30 to 3pm.

The pupils have made and grown the items at their schools in preparation to sell to the general public this week.

The schools food market is a new initiative running as part of the borough’s food flagship programme helping to tackle obesity by working with schools, residents and businesses to reduce their fat, salt and sugar intake, using healthier cooking methods and promoting Croydon’s food-growing projects.

Residents are encouraged to turn up and support the event. Entry is free and no advance booking is required.

Adding their support to the school food market will be Councillors Louisa Woodley and Alisa Flemming.

Councillor Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for families, health and social care

“Croydon’s food flagship programme is supporting children and their families to eat more healthily and to better understand where their food comes from.

“The food market is an exciting new venture for our schools.”

Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning

“As well as the healthy eating aspect of the learning, the children taking part will benefit from the vital practical business and communication skills they’ll pick up while preparing for the event and meeting shoppers on the day.

“We’re calling on residents to support the children by visiting the schools food market and snapping up a basket full of bargains.”

To learn more about the schools food market, email laura.flanagan@croydon.gov.uk  or call 020 8604 7459.

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