Jordan High’s Returning Farmers’ Market helps support student activities


By Julie Slama | [email protected]

The best everyone remembers is that it started in 1975.

Who started it and why, no one really remembers.

“I think the best thing about it is that it gets them involved,” said Jordan High Alumni Association President Kathy Birch Damjanovich, Class of 1963. “It gets kids involved. It was probably a very wise headmaster who approved this because it is a way for the community to support and see the school.

This is the annual Jordan High Farmer’s Market, an event that has taken on different guises over the years, but a welcome homecoming tradition, said many attendees of the Jordan High festivities this year.

Unlike the typical farmer’s market where they try to sell their crops of carrots, potatoes and other vegetables – or beets in the case of the Beetdiggers – many student, alumni and PTA organizations sell prepared lunches, homemade crafts or school team materials as a way to help fund their activities and travel for the year.

Damjanovich said she sold noisemakers, centennial videos and other items that benefited the Alumni Scholarship Fund which typically gives $1,000 to selected students each year.

This year’s Jordan High Latinos-in-Action club hoped to sell up to 300 tacos to help fund attendance at an upcoming student conference and other activities, sophomore Isabel Nava said.

Junior Camily Gonzalez said the booth was a popular stop for students and alumni.

“It’s good because we can raise awareness, get students to join us, and tell people what we’re doing all at the same time,” she said.

Choir board member and junior Parker Bettinson said he and other choir members were selling pretzels, musical note-themed cookies and bead bracelets to help raise funds for the choir participates in the Worldstrides Festival of Gold in Nashville in the spring.

“We won the choral competition last year at the Heritage Festival in San Diego, so we were invited to this festival and we hope to earn money to participate,” he said, adding that the students could participate in the four different school choirs. .

The student organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America was serving pork salad, sophomore Ellie Dulong said. Sophomore Boston Brecke said it took members about a week to prepare food for sale.

Sophomore Paige Dupey, who joined the FCCLA to make friends, said funds raised at the farmers’ market would go toward field trips and the state competition.

Senior Jazmyn Gonzalez said between the farmers’ market and the return of club activities, it was good to see school returning to “normal” after COVID-19 put them on hold.

It’s a tradition that freshman Aubrielle Smith enjoys.

“It’s so cool to see how much the community loves this (farmers market) and the school,” she said. “I sell old jerseys for the women’s basketball team and have spoken to a lot of people who have played and like to support the team. it is useful because it helps us to buy our spirits packs. There are many links between us, the players, but also with the community.

For the past few decades, the Farmers’ Market was held at lunchtime, but in 2021 it has been expanded to include a tailgate activity.

Tina Hickman Ottley, Class of 1994, who competed in the debate and academic decathlon, remembers the farmers’ market at school. She was with former cheerleader and drill member Sarah Johnson Schaugaard, Class of 1995, at the alumni table selling blankets at the tailgate event.

Teacher Matt Bell, Class of 2000, said the tailgate hour was added to give the community a chance to support tradition and encourage students to support the football team.

“Last year was the first time for some of our students to see their first football game, and this year there will probably be more who will have their first experience,” he said. . “It’s a way of connecting our students to the school. It has been a great tradition for many clubs to sell items ranging from food to clothing. It’s really grown over the years and especially now, as a hatchback. Before, there was cotton candy, popcorn and caramel apples, but now there are more meals.

Bell said snow cones have been a steady seller over the past few decades.

“We have been selling snow cones since 1994-95 when a former wrestler sold his snow cone maker to us after buying a new one. There is always a demand for them, so it has become a tradition in itself,” he said.

Teacher Shauna Young has been part of the Farmers Market for 25 years.

“The Farmers’ Market has had many different looks – in front of the school, at the back, inside the commons, now as a tailgate – but it’s a good tradition for students to learn and understand the story of what makes them a Beetdigger,” she said. “For a while we made and sold baby sugar beets, like Beanie Babies, and it was fun; we may have to bring that back. The Farmers Market gives club members a chance to get involved and gain leadership experience and for others to support students by grabbing food and swag to show pride in their high sc

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