North East Wales

Flintshire schools get taste of local produce

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Media captionPupils at Ysgol Gwenffrwd in Holywell give their verdict and Jane Clough of Taste of Flintshire explains the project

Primary school children in Flintshire are tucking into a taste of home as part of a project to teach them where food comes from.

Ten schools have school dinners which all have ingredients only sourced from local producers.

Taste of Flintshire Food Month organisers said the farms, dairies and growers involved were "incredibly enthusiastic".

Pupils were also shown a video showing them where their food comes from.

'Easy'

None of the ingredients has travelled more than 15 miles and the meals have kept within the usual budget.

Laura England from Flintshire Council said: "Once we decided on the menu, I was surprised at how easy it was to source the ingredients locally.

"The school cooks have really welcomed the whole concept of using local produce and cooking from scratch and are looking forward to serving it as this month's special themed meal."

Jane Clough, Taste of Flintshire co-ordinator, said: "Some of our suppliers are producing in large quantities and for them this has been relatively easy, but others grow on a smaller scale and have been growing produce specifically for this meal."

She said Minera-based Mountain Produce in Minera has been growing basil and the Hawarden Estate planted an extra two long rows of courgettes back in May.

Recipe sheets and information on the producers will be given to the children to take home for their parents to re-create the meal.

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Image caption The lunch menu - and where the ingredients come from

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