A few weeks ago, the middle school students in Green Club hosted the first AFY Farmers Market!
They helped harvest kale, red komatsuna, tatsoi, bok choy, broccoli raab and gai laan from the garden, then sold the produce after school.
They also provided customers with copies of brassica recipes to take home!
However, there was still plenty of produce for the Green Club members themselves to take some home. I heard many plans for what sounded like delicious stir-fry dishes!
After hosting the AFY Farmers Market, Green Club traveled off campus to visit a public market. They tried samples, purchased vegetables, picked up new recipes, and even had a chance to interview one of the farmers. He had some great advice to give the students about running their next market. Six of the Green Club members wrote a summary of the trip and interview. Check it out!
Farmers Market Field Trip
Written on November 19, 2014, by Green Club members:
Liberty Hernandez-Craver, Shirley Lin, Yvonne Phan, Alyssa Tan, Dylan Wan, and Christina Yee
Today we went to the Farmers Market at UCSF Parnassus Campus. We walked all the way there in the rain.
When we arrived we shopped for vegetables and fruit.
We bought zucchini, persimmons, walnuts, basil, tomatoes, pomegranate, broccoli, carrots, green onions, bok choy and strawberries.
We also interviewed a farmer named Nog.
His farm is called J&M Ibarra Farm, which is located in Fresno, 6 hours away. He said that he grows seasonal vegetables. Today he was selling broccoli, cauliflower, kale, celery, leeks and mushrooms that he harvested yesterday.
He said he usually sells about 2000 vegetables at the UCSF market, and is saving the money from the market for his son to go to college. He sells his produce for one dollar less than other places. He also sells at 60 other markets including Clement, Stones Town, Clayton and Burlingame on Sundays.
He said the advice he would give us about our own farmers market is to smile, be nice and give everyone a discount!
We are hippies!
Thank you to everyone who supported our farmers market at AFY, and to J & M Ibarra Farms for the great advice and delicious produce!