A little wet weather last week didn't dampen spirits at Golden Avenue Elementary School's farm stand. A bountiful array of beautifully fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs was spread out on tables just waiting to be snatched up by eager hands and taken home. Oranges were sliced into bite-size samples for shoppers to try, and a tempting deep-purple hue made the beets hard to resist.
Launched in December by the school's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), the farmers market is operated from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Friday that school is in session, with the help of administrators, teachers, PTSA members and school district health aides like Sadie Sponsler.
Produce selections can vary from week to week, with everything grown in the county by local farmers who are part of the San Diego Growers Collaborative. Proceeds from sales benefit the PTSA's programs.
The Golden Delicious Farm Stand was developed as part of school's effort to promote health and wellness in the community, and reduce childhood obesity. The program is one of two in the state.
And, it's just one way Golden Avenue's kids are learning to love healthier foods. Students get fruits and vegetables to snack on each day, and are growing their own organic goodies in a school garden. With new changes to the district's school lunch menu, students are also enjoying a variety of healthier choices at lunchtime.