Potato Day 2017

Our third Potato Day will be held in Loughborough Town Centre on Saturday 28th January 2017. 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.  People who pre-ordered their supplies in the Autumn can now pick them up from the Potato Day stall, which should be located near Lloyds Bank in Loughborough Market.  We’ll have a limited quantity of some of the more popular varieties of seed potato for sale on the day, plus a few packets of onion sets.  Note that these disappeared quite quickly last year – we’d more or less sold out by lunchtime.  So if you missed out on making a pre-order and still want to buy some seed potatoes from us, please try to get to the stall in the morning to avoid disappointment.

A photo of AnnBritt, Sudha, Liz and Gill taken by Paul Goodman at the Baptist Church tea and cake session on Potato Day 2016 (30th January 2016). They played their part in Potato Say 2016 and raised £62.00 for TL.

A photo of AnnBritt, Sudha, Liz and Gill taken by Paul Goodman at the Baptist Church tea and cake session on Potato Day 2016 (30th January 2016).
They played their part in Potato Say 2016 and raised £62.00 for TL.

We will also have a team of volunteers staffing the Baptist Church cafe on the morning of Potato Day, which is located just round the corner in Baxter Gate.  The proceeds from this cafe on the morning will go towards helping to pay for some of the events and workshops we run during the rest of the year.  So if you want some refreshments whilst shopping at the market, pop in there and say hello!

If you’d like to help advertise the Potato Day, here’s a copy of our poster/flyer that you can print out:

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And remember, the whole point of Potato Day is to help local people get growing.  It might be cold and damp in January, but before you know it we’ll be in mid-summer and harvesting the resulting crops. If you don’t have anywhere to grow your own, why not come along to help at one of the local community garden projects in the town? We have a community allotment in King George Road for example, the students have the LAGS garden on the University campus, Fearon Hall have a gardening project and there are community growing spaces in many of the housing estates.

Harvesting potatoes at the Community Allotment

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