Student Activity based on “Fresh Food Delivered“, from the July/Aug 2012 Our Ohio magazine.
MARKETS EXIST WHEN BUYERS AND SELLERS INTERACT
Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standard
(Social Studies: Economics: Grade 3) In this student activity, students will explore the concepts of: “Markets – Markets exist when buyers and sellers interact. This interaction determines market prices and thereby allocates scarce resources, goods and services,” and “Production and Consumption – Production is the act of combining natural resources, human resources, capital goods and entrepreneurship to make goods and services. Consumption is the use of goods and services.” (Explanation and key terms are from the Grade 3 Social Studies Model Curricula August 2011.pdf)
- Ask students to read the article titled “Fresh Food Delivered.”
Fresh Fork Market
- How did the young Amish farmer earn enough money to get married? What did he sell?
- Explain what the Fresh Fork Market is and how it works?
- In what region does Fresh Fork Market operate?
- Why do you think the creator (entrepreneur) of this market named it Fresh Fork?
- What are the two desires of consumers noted in this article?
- The owners of the Fresh Fork Market saw a need in 2007. What was that need that developed into a business?
- How did the owners connect the producers to the consumers in this market idea?
- In the beginning, only restaurants were served by this business. How many restaurants?
- The next year, Trevor Clatterbuck expanded the business to serve other consumers. Who were they? How did he connect the local farms with the consumers? Explain.
- Describe what a consumer receives in a typical package or “share.” How much does a small package cost the consumer?
- Has the business grown since 2007? Give a fact from the article to support this statement.
- Where is the food delivered?
- According to the article, how much money has this market generated for local farmers?
Green BEAN Delivery
- This business serves consumers in what regions, according to the article? (What is the market?)
- What do the letters in BEAN stand for? Explain why this is a good name for this company.
- What is the mission of Green BEAN Delivery for consumers?
- Describe what products are supplied to the consumer by this company.
- Are all products in this market from the United States? Explain.
- The products this market carries are different from products typically found in the grocery store. How?
- How much does a small fruit and vegetable bin cost?
- Describe how many customers were served in 2010 and now in 2012.
- How many deliveries are made each week? Where is the food delivered?
- Green BEAN connects producers with consumers. Is the example of the strawberry farmer a good example of using smart practices to serve consumers? Explain.
Compare and Contrast
- Both companies in this article serve the consumer in similar ways. Explain what both Fresh Fork Market and Green BEAN Delivery do that is similar.
- The companies have a different delivery process. Explain.
- The products that the two companies deliver can be different, describe what the differences are.
- Are the product costs similar or different? Explain.
- In your opinion, are there more similarities or differences between how the two companies operate?
Hands on at Home or School
- Identify producers and consumers in your local community.
- Discuss the difference between providing goods and services.
- Do the two companies discussed in this article supply goods, services or both?
- In your community, identify markets both big and small.
- Do these markets supply goods or services or both?
- Draw a line graph showing the following situations:
- Show the growth of customers for Fresh Fork Market from 2009 to 2012.
- Show the weekly deliveries for Green BEAN Delivery from 2010 to 2012.
- If you had the items provided by Green BEAN Delivery described in the example in this article, could you make a meal? Describe what your menu would be.
- Browse the Fresh Fork Market website:
- What are the prices?
- Do you think this is a service you would be interested in receiving? Why?
- Browse the Green BEAN Delivery website:
- Browse the store. What other interesting features does this website have?
- Which website appeals to you the most? Explain.
1. Using a map of Ohio located at the Ohio Department of Transportation, or your own map, locate:
- Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Louisville, Ky.
This student activity was prepared by Camille Kopczewski, who is coordinator of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City. She is a former sixth grade social studies teacher for South-Western City Schools. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.