Potato Day

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.

All potatoes are still only 15p a tuber, try and bring your own bags. There will be specialist advice to which ones to buy and how to grow them.

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, Leeds bread collective, Brickyard organic veg,  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.

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).

 

The photos below were taken at Potato Days in recent years.