The Brownsville Independent School District joined forces last week with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition to bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary and middle school students. The second BISD Farmers Market took place Nov. 17 in the Vela Middle School gym. The event served as a pre-Thanksgiving shopping day for the students, who were given information about the produce on sale at the event so they could make shopping lists with their families and make informed purchases.

The students used BISD B Bucks to pay for their produce. Students received at least $3 in B Bucks, but could earn additional bucks with good deeds and behavior. Part of the idea was for the students to meet the growers who produce their food.

Third- and fourth-graders from Burns and Paredes elementary schools participated, along with Vela students with perfect attendance. One of the reasons for the BISD Farmers Market is to show kids that healthy food is available from local growers.

PPC Farms was invited to offer its locally grown produce to the students.  Most of them had never purchased purchased vegetable from a local grown before.  The kids were excited to try new products such as turnip greens, acorn squash and butternut squash which were grown and harvested locally at PPC Farms in Mission, Texas. Over 700 students visited our farmers market stand, and 120 students purchased a fresh produce using their B Bucks.