If you head down to grab lunch at Borough Market on February 2, you’ll find that the friendly faces behind the market stalls have gotten quite a bit younger! Between 10AM and 2PM on the day, school pupils will be setting up stalls to sell their own soup and bread creations to raise money for The Felix Project. The Winter Soup sale forms part of the annual Young Marketeers programme, which is now in its 11th year of operation.
The Young Marketeers programme, which runs in conjunction with School Food Matters, teaches students about food waste, seasonal eating, and develops their cookery skills. Students also get the chance to learn how to market and sell their own goods, with the Market’s expert traders offering up their advice. Over the past 11 years, the partnership has seen more than 200 schools participating, with kids growing and selling their own fruit and veg, or selling food made from surplus produce. They’ve been able to raise £10,414 for FareShare and The Felix Project, providing 62,482 meals for vulnerable families.
The Young Marketeers Winter Soup Sale
Using what they learned from sessions with the School Food Matters food teacher, students have made three tasty soups from surplus produce. Meanwhile, Bread Ahead gave the pupils a ciabatta breadmaking masterclass – what’s soup without bread on the side, after all? A panel of specialists from Borough Market then tasted the offerings. Using their feedback, students were able to refine their products so they are delicious enough to fulfil Market standards.
If you’re a grumpy nay-sayer suggesting that the food can’t possibly be good because kids have cooked it – you’re bound to be proven wrong!
All money raised on the day will go straight to The Felix Project. For each £1 raised on the day, The Felix Project will be able to provide enough food for six tasty meals for vulnerable people across London.
For more information head to the Borough Market website. And head on down on February 2, between 10AM and 2PM to buy some soup and bread to support the students and charity.