Market Fresh School Program
The Marketfresh Schools Program is designed to educate children about the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables in their diets and the processes involved in bringing the produce to their home.
The program covers:
- the seasonality of product
- how fruit and vegetables are grown
- the uses of fruit and vegetables
- the importance of eating fruit and vegetables daily
- tasting of fresh seasonal produce
- the role of the central wholesale market in the Australia fresh produce supply chain
- encouraging of sustainable growing practices in Australia.
It includes an eight minute animited clip developed specifically for primary school students, detailing how fruit and vegetables are grown, harvested, transported and get to the stores. It also looks at the difference between fruit and vegetables and the nutritional qualities of fruit and vegetables.
The program concludes with questions being answered and a tasting of seasonal produce such as oranges, mandarins, bananas, celery, apples, pears, mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, melons, avocado and cucumber as well as some more exotic items. An activity booklet with information on fresh produce, puzzles, games and recipes is provided for each student to take home.
The Marketfresh Schools Program fits into many areas of learning. Some schools request a visit from the Marketfresh Schools Program as part of learning about nutrition in health lessons and others when they are learning about food technology and production.
What is the aim of the project?
• To introduce children to fruit and vegetables that many have not previously experienced.
• Increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables.
• Make learning about fruit and vegetables fun.
• Create new opportunities for learning about nutrition at school and home.
• Give children the confidence to try different products.
Who can attend and how many?
The program is tailored to suit junior school and senior school students in both metropolitan and regional areas in Victoria. Special schools, probus and community groups can also be accommodated. The ideal group sizes are 100 to 150 students.
The Marketfresh schools program has received numerous accolades for our positive promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables in the wider community. This program was a finalist in the 2012 City of Melbourne Awards for Contribution to Community.
How long does each session take?
Each session takes around an hour, plus preparation time of the fresh produce for tasting. The Marketfresh Schools Program requests that parents and/or teachers be available an hour before each presentation to help prepare the produce.
Cost of program:
A fee of $100 including GST per session is charged, which will be invoiced upon confirmation of your booking.
NB: Fee is non-refundable for cancellations made within two weeks of booking date.
Book a visit
To arrange a nutritional session for your school, please contact:
Marketfresh Schools Coordinator
Melbourne Market Authority
Box 1, 542 Footscray Road, West Melbourne 3003
P: +61 3 9258 6100 F: +61 3 9689 5507
Download: Marketfresh Schools Program Brochure
Melbourne Markets has a number of resources to support healthy eating initiatives in schools. These include brochures, posters, recipes and seasonal guides.
MarketFresh would like to thank all of our sponsors who contribute to the success of the Marketfresh Schools Program which covers approximately 30,000 students a year. If you are interested in contributing to this fantastic program please contact us on the details above.
|Bananas||La Manna||Horticulture Australia Ltd|
|Eco Bananas||Pacific Coast Eco Bananas||Pacific Coast Eco Bananas|
|Celery||D & G CorriganJ & JM Schreurs||D & G CorriganJ & JM Schreurs|
|Cucumbers||LOC Bros||LOC Brosh|
|Asparagus||Fresh Growers||M Motta|
|Mushrooms||Mushroom Mania||Mushroom Mania|
|Apples and Pears||Great Southern Fruit GrowersWestmores||Great Southern Fruit GrowersWestmores|
|Avocados||La MannaDykesMarket City Fruits||La MannaDykesMarket City Fruits|
|Oranges and Mandarins||La MannaAMV||La MannaAMV|
|Strawberries||Strawberry Growers Victoria||Strawberry Growers Victoria|
|Watermelons||Avanti Fresh ProducePrestige ProducePremier Fruits||Avanti Fresh ProducePrestige ProducePremier Fruits|
|Rockmelons||VB FruitKapiris BrosPremier Fruits||VB FruitKapiris BrosPremier Fruits|
|Capsicum||Wallace VegetablesMountain FreshMildura FreshLOC Brothers Produce||Wallace VegetablesMildura Fresh|
|Pineapples||VB Fruit||VB Fruit|