Students became traders for the day as they visited Enfield Market to sell school-grown fruit and vegetables as part of a programme promoting healthy eating, cooking and sustainability.

Dozens of secondary school pupils rubbed shoulders with seasoned traders at the morning sale on July 14, selling rhubarb, potatoes, spring onions, lettuce, herbs and more and making a total of £230, which will be reinvested back into their schools. 

A total of 50 pupils from Enfield were involved including from Enfield Grammar School, St Ignatius College, Durants School and Aylward Academy.

Enfield Independent: Pupils from St Ignatius CollegePupils from St Ignatius College

The free programme, called Know your Onions, is run by the charity School Food Matters, and gives students an opportunity to experience cooking and growing at school, with the help of expert gardeners and food teachers.

School Food Matters development manager Dela Foster said: “Teenagers can be initially confused about why they should learn about food growing and cooking.

"But for many, visiting the farm is the moment when they see why this is important. Then when they taste the amazingly fragrant, spicy dishes they have created with vegetables, they start to understand the fun.   

“And then, finally, market day gives them this incredible opportunity to interact with the public and see the value their community places on home-grown veg.”