Young Marketeers

Young Marketeers brings together children from local primary schools to experience the joy of growing, harvesting and cooking delicious fresh fruit and veg.

Along the way they learn all about food surplus and, once the veg has been picked, engage their enterprise skills to sell their produce at the world-famous Borough Market.

All proceeds from the Young Marketeers sales will go to The Felix Project, London's largest food redistribution charity. The charity rescues good food that cannot be sold and delivers it directly to almost 1000 charities and schools serving people in need. Every £1 raised will provide enough food for six tasty meals for vulnerable people across the capital.

Since 2021, our Young Marketeers programme has expanded to other regions across England. More details below.

Young Marketeers Summer and Harvest Sales 

Students take part in the following elements: 

  • Assembly - an introduction to the programme and the concept of food surplus, delivered by our project partners The Felix Project. 
  • Trip to The Felix Project depot - to learn about food surplus first hand. 
  • Gardening and market trader training at Borough Market - the schools take a trip to the market to learn all about how to plant their seed from our expert gardener, and also how to set up the ultimate stall with help from the Borough Market team.
  • Gardening health check - midway through the project the School Food Matters gardener visits every school to ensure that veg is in tip-top shape for sale day. 
  • Sale day - schools head to Borough Market to become market traders for the day and sell their veg in aid of The Felix Project at either our Summer or Harvest Sale.

"The most useful parts of the programme have been learning about the food we eat and the food we can grow 'from welly to belly'… and, of course, the awareness of the Felix Project charity. Fundraising and helping towards fighting hunger and tackling food waste have been valuable experiences for our students."
- Teacher

Our friends at Garden Organic have kindly supplied each school with seeds from their Heritage Seed Library to maximise their growing potential.

  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale - Cllr Sunil Chopra
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale - Cllr Sunil Chopra
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale

Young Marketeers in the Regions

Our tried and tested programme is on the road again this year, ensuring even more children experience growing, harvesting and selling fresh fruit and veg. Students in Gloucestershire, Newcastle and Liverpool are currently working with our expert gardeners to grow fabulous produce at their schools in time for their market sale days in July.

Our wonderful Young Marketeers Programme depends on the generous support of local businesses and organisations. If you would like to become a partner and bring outdoor learning and memorable experiences to schools in your community, please contact our Development Manager Dela Foster: dela@schoolfoodmatters.org

  • Sale day in Gloucestershire
    Sale day in Gloucestershire
  • Sale day in Dorset
    Sale day in Dorset
  • Sale day in Newcastle
    Sale day in Newcastle
  • Seed sowing in Gloucestershire
    Seed sowing in Gloucestershire
  • Seed sowing in Gloucestershire
    Seed sowing in Gloucestershire
  • Seed sowing in Liverpool
    Seed sowing in Liverpool

Young Marketeers Winter Sale

Our Winter Sale builds on our Summer and Harvest programme, taking the Young Marketeers message to local secondary schools. Students take part in the following elements: 

  • Assembly - an introduction to the programme and the concept of food surplus, delivered by our project partners The Felix Project. 
  • Trip to The Felix Project depot - to learn about food surplus first hand. 
  • Soup and bread making masterclass - students visit Borough Market to bake their own bread at BreadAhead and learn how to make soup from an expert. 
  • Food quality visit - the Borough Market team visit the schools to check that the soup is top-quality - good enough for customers. 
  • Sale day - students head to Borough Market to sell their homemade soup and bread to the public, raising money for The Felix Project along the way.

“I especially enjoyed the masterclass in bread and soup making. It was interesting to see how you could make stock out of leftover vegetables instead of throwing them away. I loved the way that the chef taught us how to add flavour to our soup and to taste with our eyes closed!”
- Student

  • Winter Sale - Making ciabatta at Bread Ahead bakery
    Winter Sale - Making ciabatta at Bread Ahead bakery
  • Winter Sale
    Winter Sale
  • Winter Sale
    Winter Sale
  • Winter Sale
    Winter Sale
  • Winter Sale
    Winter Sale
  • Winter Sale
    Winter Sale