ICE-CREAM was a popular item when the primary seven class at Langlee in Galashiels organised a farmers’ market at their school to learn about where their food comes from and award-winning organic farmer Denise Walton of Peelham, Foulden, Berwickshire, spoke about her work and produce.
Class teacher Angela Thorpe said: “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this – it was a huge project and it went very well. The primary sevens organised as much as they could, inviting people and helping on the day.”
Stallholders at the primary school included Ann Lyal selling bunting, Peelham Farm selling meat, Fair Trade, Galashiels’ Overlangshaw with eggs and ice-cream, Elma Belleville selling jewellery, Angus Oliver with pate and fish products, the prize-winning Denholm cheesemakers Standhill Dairy, Marlene Brown selling knitted goods, Philiphaugh Garden Centre and staff and pupils selling home baking. Border Royal Highland Education Trust co-ordinator Lesley Mason helped in the planning and organisation of the day.
Miss Thorpe said: “The children learned about the benefits of buying local produce including supporting the local economy and producers, traceability of produce, reducing the carbon footprint produced when items are imported from countries abroad and so on.
“The P7s did an excellent job and impressed the traders and customers. All the children in the school had an opportunity to visit the market.”
Photograph: Alastair Watson