Potato Day 2016

Our second Potato Day will be held in Loughborough Town Centre on Saturday 30th January 2016! Potato Day is a great way for local gardeners to get access to low cost seed potatoes, and the range of varieties offered means that you can try several different types of spuds without having to buy large bags.  We’ve had orders ranging from a single tuber up to enough for a field!

We have partnered with our friends at Transition Chesterfield to make a large bulk purchase in order to keep the costs low.  As a result we were able to offer the same great price as last year for orders made before 6th December 2015.  We also got some excellent prices on beans, peas, onions, shallots, garlic and some potato growing sundries such as fertilizer and potato growing sacks.  These pre-orders will be available to pick up from our market stall on 30th January 2016 in Loughborough town centre.

However, if you missed out on making an order, you can still buy potato tubers from our market stall on 30th January 2016 at 14p per tuber.  Just come along and choose from the varieties on offer on the day.

Harvesting potatoes at the Community Allotment

Harvesting potatoes at the Transition Loughborough Community Allotment at King George Road site

Here’s some more photos from people who’ve grown their own crops from seed bought via Potato Day back in January 2015:

Some people ordered varieties you might not see in the supermarket, such as Shetland Black

Some people ordered varieties you might not see in the supermarket, such as Shetland Black

Digging them up

Digging them up

Fiona's crop of potatoes and beans

Fiona’s crop of potatoes and beans

Judy's crop while it was still growing on her allotment

Judy’s crop while it was still growing on her allotment

Judy won't be needing to buy any potatoes for a while!

Judy won’t be needing to buy any potatoes for a while!

Janet grew these in a bag!

Janet grew these in a bag!

Issy (8) and Ruby (10) help harvest thier grandparent's potatoes

Issy (8) and Ruby (10) help harvest thier grandparent’s potatoes

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5 Responses to Potato Day 2016

  1. suellap says:

    We had great success with our Charlotte and Pink Fir apple salad potatoes. Still have a other month or so of them and they might last us until Xmas. Delicious!
    I’d like to try Red Duke of York this next year as well,

    • My girlfriend and I grew Red Duke of York this year and it was pretty good. I’m also a great fan of Sarpo blight resistant varieties, so they’ll be in our order again this year.

      Top tip with Sarpo Mira that I got straight from the Savari Research Trust (the folk who bred them in Wales): don’t let the tubers grow too big otherwise they go hollow hearted. Harvest them at large fist size rather than won’t-fit-in-the-microwave size!

  2. Hello there,

    Whereabouts in Loughborough will you hosting your potato day..?

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