The School Farmers’ Market at Rheged

Schools will come together on Sunday 17 June at Rheged Centre, Penrith, to host their very own School Farmers’ Market!

Cumbrian schools including Orton Primary School, Kirkby Stephen Primary School, Crosby Ravensworth Primary School and Beaconside Primary School will hold stalls selling produce grown by pupils alongside a variety of their own crafts. The schools have been taking part in the Soil Association Food for Life School Award programme and the event is a celebration of the schools work towards their Bronze Award.

The Soil Association Food for Life School Award programme is linked to the curriculum and encourages a better understanding of growing, cooking and learning to love good food – helping to make a positive ongoing contribution to the children’s health and wellbeing.

The Westmorland Family have been funding the Food for Life School Award programme and supporting the four schools as part of a long-term partnership.

Claire Urquhart, Westmorland Family Community Manager said,
“We’re delighted to have partnered with the Soil Association to fund the four primary schools involvement in the scheme as part of a long-term partnership. Throughout the project we will be supporting the schools by linking them with our local producer network and engaging with them through informative food and farming related projects and activities to give the pupils a chance to enjoy learning about food and farming.”

Westmorland Family have also been supporting the schools in a more fundamental way by introducing students to various food-related projects. Dave Morland, Head of Butchery for Westmorland Family, spent a day at all four schools doing a sausage-making masterclass learning about traditional Cumberland Sausage.

Visitors to the School Farmers’ Market will also be able to see four stunning plates thrown by Miles-Moore Ceramics and designed by pupils. The local ceramics experts visited the four schools to show how their plates and bowls are made. They also launched a competition for students to design a plate with the winning designs made by Martin and Siobhan from Miles-Moore Ceramics.

Siobhan from Miles-Moore ceramics said,
“We took our wheel on a tour of the four schools as part of the Soil Association ‘Food For Life’ project, working with Tebay Services. How humbling to have the attention of up to 380 children at a time, and to have them gasp when they watched a plate and a bowl made on a potters wheel. A truly delightful and joyous day. It was so wonderful to see the excitement and interest it created.”

All four schools are looking forward to the continuing the Food for Life programme in the coming academic year and are excited to welcome visitors to their stalls at Rheged Centre on Sunday 17 June.