Kids: Just ONE strawberry each, please!

Mission figs, anyone? Every Tuesday afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Glenview Elementary School kids crowd a tent with locally grown fruits and vegetables. (These lovely photos from parent Joseph Bansuelo are so last week, but we took some new ones during a visit today.) The PTA started the new produce stand, which is run by volunteers, including Carol Kuelper, a woman from the neighborhood who doesn’t even have kids at the school.

I saw one little boy tear into a red cabbage like an apple (makes for a great photo, but a rather challenging interview), and another buying greens that his mom requested for dinner tonight. He told me that grapes were so sweet — and cheap — that he ate them “for fun.”

About 10 more of these weekly farmers markets are opening at Oakland schools this year, thanks in part to funding from the East Bay Asian Youth Center. What kind of nutritional progress are you seeing at your school (and at your school’s cafeteria)? Are you noticing an improvement? Tell us about it.

Some more of Bansuelo’s photos of Glenview’s stand below:

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Kristine Poljak

    What a nice program to encourage healthy habits and memories for young kids. And this black and white photo of the little boy on the bottom is outstanding!

  • Katharine Harding

    We are so happy our granddaughter attends a school that promotes healthy food choices by offering what’s local and therefore fresher than fresh!

    Thank you to all the volunteers!

  • Teri

    Every Tuesday morning, my younger son, a 4th grader at Glenview, reminds us to give him his Glenview produce bag and some money so he can buy us some produce. This Tuesday he proudly came home with a basket of strawberries and some apples. He loves being able to shop for the family and he is trying new foods in the process. I really applaud the Glenview parents who put this together and the volunteers who are helping out. I am proud to say that I am a Glenview parent.

  • Abdel

    This is a great program.