The following is a guest post by Mrs. Anu Reddy, the assistant teacher in our Elementary Program. Anu has been an integral member of the Lone Oak community for over a decade, and has worked in our Toddler, Primary, and Elementary classrooms.
With fall in full swing, the Potomac Village Farmers Market is bustling with shoppers, including our very own Elementary students, excited to purchase fresh produce. The pumpkins, beets, carrots, zucchini, peppers, cauliflower, apples, peaches, raspberries and other fruits and vegetables create a natural rainbow.
From health to sustainability, the benefits of locally sourced food span across a wide spectrum, which our students are familiar with. Every week the pizza committee from the Elementary class is tasked with choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables as a healthy side for our Pizza Friday lunch. The students speak to the local farmers to gain insight into the harvesting process and the seasonality of the produce they are purchasing.
This week Brendan and Evelyn from the pizza committee, learned to taste the difference between a variety of freshly picked apples. They purchased the honey crisp variety. We discussed how buying produce and food from local farmers and businesses supports a cleaner environment. Shipping and refrigeration wastes energy for produce delivered to supermarkets. Often times the cost of energy is transferred to the customer.
The pizza committee is also responsible for balancing the weekly budget for food , so they understand the importance of not only supporting sustainability but also keeping track of their money. Brendan and Evelyn returned to class with a bagful of delicious apples, peaches and cucumbers well under their budget.