Young traders head to the Grainger Market for Schools Market Day

Aug 9, 2022

Primary school children became market traders for one day selling their school-grown fruit and vegetables at Grainger Market on Thursday 14th July.

Dozens of enterprising pupils from five schools sold potatoes, carrots, chard, herbs, raspberries, and more at their stalls, putting the marketing training they’ve had into practice. It was all in aid of a food redistribution charity.

Delivered by Food and Drink North East (FADNE) throughout this year, schoolchildren set up their own market stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables in The Grainger Market in Newcastle.

The schools that took part include Kenton Bar Primary School, Tyneview Primary School, West Walker Primary School, Central Walker Church of England Primary School, and Walkergate Community School.

Some children at the stall, in Year 1 said: “I didn’t know it took so long to grow vegetables because we usually get them from the shop.”

Supported by local charity Urban Green, and local allotment holders pupils then brought their fresh produce from their school garden and set up shop alongside market traders at the Grainger Market to show off their enterprise skills and sell their fruit and vegetables to members of the public. all proceeds from the sales were donated to FareShare North East.

Chris Jewitt, founder and CEO of FADNE, says, “There are many future challenges that our communities face which are inseparable to food and drink, from public health and food poverty to a pressing need for jobs, skills and innovation. We are trying hard to stimulate the local economy to build an inclusive, celebratory food culture here in the North East. However, no sticking plaster or short-term initiative will solve what is, fundamentally, the challenge of a generation. These problems can only be tackled head-on by empowering young people with a farm-to-fork understanding of food and drink that will produce a knowledgeable and engaged community of mindful consumers, future entrepreneurs and all-round smart cookies!”

School Food Matters Development Manager Dela Foster said: “Many children are so disconnected from the origins of the food they eat that they forget everything starts with plants in the ground. In this programme, children see from hands-on experience where their food comes from to think more about what they choose to eat and its impact on the planet.

“We want every child to have the opportunity to grow their food so that this experience carries with them throughout their life.”