Fun on the Farm for LACA NSMW ‘Taste for Yourself’ Tour

After enduring some pretty grim weather during the week, it was a very pleasant and welcome burst of sunshine that greeted the LACA NSMW ‘Taste for Yourself’ tour as it pitched up at the picturesque location of Bridport in Dorset 

The visit to Washingpool Farm Shop in the LACA South West of England Region at 8.00am on Thursday 14th November was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the valuable contribution that local farmers make to our sector. Encouraging pupils to eat more fruit and vegetable is also a vital component towards creating a healthier society. The National Food Strategy has vowed to reshape the food system from farm to fork by looking at the production, marketing, processing, sale and purchase of food across the UK’s food chain. LACA responded to the call for evidence on behalf of its members and is looking forward to hearing its findings.

Several local dignitaries were present, including Mayor of Bridport, Cllr Barry Irvine and a whole host of excited young children resplendent in their mini chefs’ outfits. They were there to help SCOTY winner Steve Cross serve up a delicious menu of food that included a dessert using Braeburn apples from the farm.

Caroline Morgan CEO of Local Food Links who use Washingpool Farm as one of their suppliers for the 4000+ school meals produced every school day and delivered to 56 schools, was this year chosen as one of just 30 individuals across the school meals industry to mark LACA’s 30th anniversary of formation. Caroline was chosen as a School Meals Hero for her dedication to school meals in Dorset and commitment to buying local and high standards in the industry and commented 

“It is not an easy job to provide a delicious 2 course meal delivered to a school for less than £2.40 but whenever I visit one of our schools and talk to pupils, I feel proud of our organisation and the food we provide. Enjoying a nutritious two course meal at lunchtime supports academic attainment, helps children to concentrate better and has a positive impact on behaviour in the classroom.  We want every pupil to have that opportunity and in many cases it will be the only hot meal that some children have all day. It is a privilege to work within the school meals industry and to work as part of the Local Food Links team.  I should also mention that for “research” purposes, I am required to eat a lot of good food which is an excellent perk of the job!!”

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