Boston primary school pupils who have signed up for the Freshtime Fun Club will see how fresh vegetables are turned into meals and snacks when they visit a food factory this week.
Sixty year 2 pupils from Boston West Academy will visit Freshtime, the leading Boston-based snack salad and vegetable specialist, on Marsh Lane in Boston on the morning of Thursday 19th June.
They will see a pasta making machine in action, explore the cab of a goods lorry and create a vegetable creature.
They will also learn how fresh produce is grown in the fields, brought to the factory, turned into products for supermarkets, pubs and hotels and transported out again – all in the space of 24 hours.
Morning activities will take place at Freshtime from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
In the afternoon older children in years 5 and 6 will take part in a Dragons’ Den style competition, pitching their healthy meal ideas to a panel including Freshtime’s Managing Director Mark Newton.
The winners will receive a prize and all the meal ideas will be included in a special recipe book to be produced by the Freshtime Fun Club at the end of the school year.
The Freshtime Fun Club is a new project launched last month to encourage healthy eating and teach Lincolnshire children about the food that’s grown on their doorstep.
Around 240 pupils at the school have been enrolled in the club as part of a whole term of vegetable-related activities.
Freshtime is providing the children with regular snack packs of fresh vegetables throughout this term and members of the Freshtime Fun Club have received balloons, bookmarks, badges and a monthly activity sheet.
The firm is also donating equipment for the school’s allotment and polytunnel and pupils are currently taking part in a competition to come up with the funniest veg-related joke.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun showing the children where their food comes from and how we make our meals and snacks,” said Mark Newton.
“We think it’s really important that young people understand the importance of nutrition and healthy eating and we’re looking forward to welcoming more schools to the Freshtime Fun Club next year.”
Emma Schofield, Outdoor Learning Leader at Boston West Academy, commented: “The children were really enthused by the launch of the Freshtime Fun Club at school last month and they’re very excited about visiting the factory.”