Farmhouse initiative still going strong

Pictured are the pupils of Lethnot Primary School who took part in the Healthy Scottish Farmhouse Breakfast.
Pictured are the pupils of Lethnot Primary School who took part in the Healthy Scottish Farmhouse Breakfast.

Although Farmhouse Breakfast Week was back in January, RHET Angus Countryside Initiative were out delivering a mini farmhouse breakfast to the children at Lethnot Primary School recently.

Lethnot School’s primary six pupils were supposed to be involved in the breakfast that was delivered at Edzell Primary School during Farmhouse Breakfast Week, but the snow that week caused a few problems.

Not only did it delay delivering of the events at Tealing and Inverarity Primary Schools until the following week, but also meant that although the event at Edzell went ahead as planned, the Lethnot children were unable to get down the glen to attend.

Carol Littlewood, Project Co-ordinator for RHET ACI and Fiona Dawson, Angus Council Catering Officer, promised Lethnot Primary’s headteacher Mrs McLean that they would go up to the school once the roads were clear of snow, to deliver a breakfast event for the whole school.

Unfortunately the school roll of nine was slightly depleted on the day, but seven children shared in the experience which involved Mrs Dawson giving a talk on healthy eating and about why breakfast is such an important meal to have.

Carol Littlewood then spoke to the children about locally produced food, particularly those which might be eaten as part of breakfast.

After the talks, the children had the opportunity to try a wide range of foods including porridge, a selection of wheat and oat-based cereals, yoghurt, fruit salad, bread, rolls and oatcakes, jam, honey, cheese, milk, apple and fruit and vegetable juices.

Everyone was encouraged to try something they have never tried before, whether that is a different flavour of yogurt, brown bread or porridge.

Carol Littlewood RHET ACI Project Co-ordinator expressed thanks to all those who gave a donation to help make these events a success in particular to Tayside Contracts staff for providing equipment and accommodating ACI’s kitchen needs and especially sponsors W. N. Lindsay, Strathmore Agribusiness, Kilmac Energy, Lidl and Instock for their generous donations.

Carol thanked the local producers who have again donated so generously of their produce; StirFresh for fruit salad, D & D Dairies for milk and Mackays for jams.

The events have also been supported by Frosts Bakers, Goodfellow & Steven and Miltonhaugh Farm Shop, all of which have provided their produce at greatly reduced prices.

RHET’s policy is that the services it provides should be free to schools whenever possible and without the support of these businesses this would not have been the case for Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

In all, 525 children were given a healthy Scottish Farmhouse Breakfast in Angus and Dundee, helping greatly towards RHET National target of speaking to one in four children by 2020.