YOUNG shoppers had plenty of food for thought when they dropped in at their local supermarket.

For rather than filling the trolley with items from the shelves, youngsters found out where their food comes from as well as learning that there was more to fruit than apples and pears — and that veg is not just brussels sprouts.

Pupils from St Peter’s CE Primary School in Farnworth took part in the Tesco Eat Happy Project’s the Farm to Fork programme to enthuse children about food to promote healthy eating.

They found themselves enjoying a tour of the Farnworth store and saw what happens behind the scenes.

Dave Eglinton, community champion at Tesco Farnworth, said: “The children are so excited when they come into store to take part.

“It is aimed at primary school children to educate them about where their food comes from, the different food groups, such as the different types of fish, bread and vegetables available. They get to handle and taste different foods.”

Year Three eco-teacher Kath Bailey said: “Three classes have taken part in the Farm to Fork workshops so far, with the possibility of more Key Stage One classes getting involved.

“The children in Year Three thoroughly enjoyed the tour, particularly visiting the warehouse, as this is an area of the store which they had never seen before.

“Some of the children tried pepper bread and prawns for the very first time. They also saw where all the recycling materials are stored, ready for collection.

“The workshop was extremely enjoyable, and the children were all given a goodie bag to take home. We were also given melons and pineapples to take back to school, which we ate later that afternoon.”

The visits are free and schools interested in taking part can leave a message with customer services at the store or visit