School Children Serve Up A Souper Way To Save Vegetables From Waste At Borough Market
School children have been taught by Borough Market to make soup – one of the best ways to use up leftovers and save them from being amongst the 1.9 million tonnes of vegetables wasted every year by UK households.
Children from London primary and secondary schools will be setting out their stalls and selling their home-made soup along with handmade bread baked in Bread Ahead’s ovens fresh that morning, for Borough Market’s Winter Sale. Every £1 raised by the school children will provide four meals for vulnerable families across the capital. Entry to the sale is free, no ticket required.
Pupils were taught the art of creating seasonal soups using surplus vegetables at a special workshop with BBC Saturday Kitchen’s home economist, Michaela Bowles, as well as learning how to bake delicious ciabatta at Bread Ahead’s bakery school in the market. The students then headed back to school to create their own unique recipes. The budding chefs will be setting up their stalls in Green Market, selling their soups to the public and giving other street food traders a run for their money.
The Winter Sale, run as a partnership with food education charity School Food Matters, is in its third year at Borough Market, and so far over 100 students have learned soup and breadmaking skills. The soup sale is part of ‘Young Marketeers’; Borough Market and School Food Matters’ longstanding programme to reconnect children with food. To date, over 29,000 children from more than 80 London schools have been involved in growing fruit and vegetables, learning to make soup, baking food that celebrates their cultural heritage or selling their produce at the market. All proceeds from the programme go to FareShare, an award-winning charity, which diverts good food destined for the bin to make meals for Londoners in need.