Young Marketeers head to Borough Market for a day of training

7 May 2019

Students from 22 primary schools across London gathered in Borough Market last week for a session in seed sowing and market trader training as part of our Young Marketeers programme.

Students will be showing off their enterprise skills when they sell their school-grown veg alongside Borough Market traders at the Summer Sale in July and Harvest Sale in October.

Enjoy this delightful account of the day written by Charles Dickens primary student, Beau:

"In October Hiba, Isabella and I will be selling some of our school garden produce in Borough Market to raise money for FareShare, a charity that gives food to hungry families in need. When we got to Borough Market we were separated into groups, summer and harvest sellers. We were first up for the tour of the market to help us get an idea of how to set up a stall. Hattie and Luke showed us the different stalls and helped us prepare for the big day in October.

The top tips for setting up a stall are:

  • Tilt your produce up. This way people will be able to see it clearly.
  • Make offers, for example, 2 for £1 or 3 for £2
  • Tell customers why you're doing it, for example, tell them they are helping families in need.
  • Tell them your story-the products are all school grown by children.
  • Do not use your bare hands to pick up food. Use gloves or tongs as your hands may have germs on them that would spread onto the food.

After practising setting up our own stall we finished off this excellent day with a  workshop with Chris Collins, the former Blue Peter gardener who showed us how to transplant, and plant carrots, watercress and squash. As a bonus, he also showed us how to plant up a hanging basket. He even let us take some of the seeds and the hanging basket back to school. I am looking forward to selling our produce in October and helping FareShare by donating the money we make.”

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