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WYOG’s annual Potato Day will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020, from 10-2 in the main hall at Shipley College, Exhibition Road, Saltaire.

We have now confirmed the speakers for this event

Dr David Shaw, Hon. Senior Research Fellow, Bangor University, Sarvari Research Trust will be talking about the development of the blight resistant Sarpo potato varieties, so come along to hear the inside story of these amazing plants and how to choose which ones to grow.

Linda Schofield from the Airedale Beekeepers Association  will be delivering a talk on ‘A glimpse into the amazing world of the honeybee’, which will also look at what we can all do to help honey bees which are so crucial to our growing of fruit and vegetables.

Just turn up for the free talks, the rooms will be advertised at the college on the day.

Following comments and a lack of space to fit everything in we have reverted back to the original format for this year.

All potatoes are still only 15p a tuber. Bring your own bags in you can. There will be specialist advice about potato growing and which ones to buy.

The Wholegrain Cafe will be open as usual and this time we are partnering with Plenty, who run the South Square Cafe, and they will be providing some savoury items.

There will be the usual array of stalls,  Palestinian dates and oil, Pextenement cheese,  Brickyard organic vegetables, Leeds bread collective, Riverfords Vegetables and others.

We are looking for volunteers to help on the day selling potatoes and helping in the cafe, and to offer to make cakes. Contact valharris@phonecoop.coop for more information or any offers of cakes, or just turn up!

We look forward to seeing you there.

After sales- if you are not able to come to the potato day then there are  couple of after sales events

  • Northcliffe Allotment Clubhouse, Northcliffe Park, Shipley, BD18 3DD  – Saturday 15th February 1-3pm. Contact allotmentval@phonecoop.coop for more details
  • Potato Day at Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon. BD17 5EA.
    Sunday 23rd February and 12 noon to 4pm. Contact John Dallas johndallas.bradford@gmail.com for more details.

Potatoes ordered for the potato day

We have ordered the following varieties, there are several varieties we haven’t stocked before or for a while, Abbot, Blaue Anneliese, Duke of York, International Kidney, Lady Christl, Nicola, Shetland Black, Winston have been added.  Blaue Anneliese is a new special.  Belle de Fontenay has been reclassified as Early Main. Some of our normal favourites,  Milva, Pentland Javelin and Violetta are not available this year.

Organically grown varieties shown in capitals.  Early main (EM) or Late Main (LM) shown on maincrops where known.

1st Earlies:

Skea organics: CASABLANCA, COLLEEN, MARIS BARD.

Skea non-organic: Red Duke of York,

WCF: Abbot, Duke of York, Lady Christl, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express, Winston.

2nd Earlies:

Skea organics: BAMBINO, CHARLOTTE, MARIS PEER, NICOLA, SARPO UNA

WCF: British Queen, Jazzy, Kestrel.

Mains:

Skea organics: AMBO (EM), BLAUE ANNELIESE, CARA (LM), CAROLUS (EM), GOLDEN WONDER (LM), MARY’S ROSE (previously EM10), ORLA (EM), PINK GYPSY (EM), SALAD BLUE, SARPO MIRA (LM).

Skea non-organics: Highland Burgundy Red, Pink Fir Apple (LM), Red Emmalie (EM), Sarpo Blue Danube (EM), Sarpo Kifli (EM), Shetland Black.

WCF: Apache (EM), Belle de Fontenay (EM), Desiree (EM), International Kidney (EM), Vales Sovereign (EM).