Potato Day 8 February 2020, 10am to 2pm
Every second Saturday in February we hold Potato Day, where we sell a variety of seed potatoes at great prices.
Potato Day will be at Shipley College, ExhibItion Hall, Saltaire, BD18 3JW. Admission Free. All tubers will be 15p each. You can buy as many, or as few, as you wish. Find an A-Z list of potatoes here.
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.
We are making a couple of changes this year and hope that you will let us know what you think of them afterwards.
To try and reduce the pressure of the initial ‘scrum’ we will be serving you this time, so bring along your bags, ideally mark them with the number and type of potato you want, hand them over to a volunteer in the relevant sections – organic, first early etc, and we will fill them for you in exchange for your pennies. All potatoes are still only 15p a tuber, and there will be bags and pens there for you to use as well as specialist advice to 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, cheese, bread, Riverfords Vegetables and others.
We are looking for lots of volunteers to help on the day selling potatoes and helping in the cafe, and to offer to make cakes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or any offers of cakes, or just turn up!
We look forward to seeing you there.
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.
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.
Skea organics: BAMBINO, CHARLOTTE, MARIS PEER, NICOLA, SARPO UNA
WCF: British Queen, Jazzy, Kestrel.
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).
The photos below were taken at Potato Days in recent years.