Friday Market

Based on Alice Birney’s Vision Plan from August 2014, one of the community’s goals was to improve the food quality on campus. With new Federal Food regulations that started that July, it gave Alice Birney staff and parents the opportunity to set the example and raise the standards of what is provided to students. Healthy Food rules for all school fundraising is listed below. These apply to food on campus during the day and within fifteen minutes of the start or end of the school day, including class fundraising for Friday Markets established by the Alice Birney staff.

  • Seasonal and locally grown produce are to be the prominent feature each week along with handmade crafts. Here are some ideas that have sold well in the past:
    • Fruit or veggie kabob
    • Veggies and salsa
    • Fruit with sunflower butter
    • Baked potato or sweet potato (salsa, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
    • Home popped popcorn (cayenne, cinnamon, etc.)
    • Plants or flowers
    • Hot tea or iced tea infused with: mint, apple slices, lemon, honey, etc.
    • Spa waters (cucumber, lemon, mint, etc.)
    • Corn on the cob with variety of spices
    • Baked kale, potato, sweet potato chips or fries with herbs
    • Frozen fruit bites, purees, or skewers
    • Pumpkin or sunflower seeds with various herbs or seasonings
    • Homemade beans or soups
    • Nonfat cheeses or yogurts
    • Home cooked beans or soups
  • No candy, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, soda/soft drinks, or the like.
  • Food that is permissible to sell must meet certain nutritional requirements (e.g. no trans fats, low sodium, whole grains only, limited sugar content, etc.). Failure to comply could result in the federal government withholding reimbursement for the cost of our school lunch program.

Friday Market is a great opportunity to raise class funds but classes who do not comply with the rules will lose their privilege to take advantage of this method of fundraising.

  • All food, drinks, snacks must be placed in the office in the designated “Friday Market cart” by 1 PM on the Friday of the sale. Food should not go to classrooms.
  • Food that needs to stay cold must be placed in its own container. There is no refrigerator or freezer space available.
  • All prepared items MUST have a 3×5 card with the recipe attached to the container of the items. Any prepared items without the recipe attached will not be allowed to be offered at Friday market.
  • Fresh vegetables, fruits, etc. do not require a recipe.
  • ALL items must pass through the office to be approved by Alice Birney staff. If an item is brought after the 1 PM deadline, they need to go to the office to get approval before placing items out for sale. That means a bit more planning on everyone’s part to get everything out in time to start at 2:12 PM. Items that have not gone through the office will be pulled from Friday market.

Note: Crafts and non-edible items do not need to go through the office and can be brought straight to the tables to sell.