Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Land Army help weed and earth-up our crop of heritage potatoes

Land Army Volunteers at Little Heath Farm, Dunham
Well, it's a steep learning curve...
Time, tide, potatoes and weeds wait for no one and so... big thank-you to the volunteers from the Kindling Trust's Land Army, who have helped weed our heritage crop of Royal Kidney potatoes ready for our 'Remembering the Food Cycle' event in Dunham on 8th September.
They were bought from Carroll's Heritage Potatoes in Northumberland and were planted as 'ware' potatoes (i.e. ready to eat, rather than seed potatoes,) because of the late planting.

This is what Carroll's say...
''Royal Kidney 1899.
Archibald Findlay deliberately chose this name to compete with the international kidney. The Royal Kidney is an excellent waxy / salad Heritage Potato. At one time the Royal Kidney crop from England was greater than the Jersey Royal.
It compares very favourably with the Jersey Royal, because of the delicious flavour. ''

Land Army: good food, good company and working in sunshine!
Many thanks also to Sue and Robert Jones who have kindly let us grow the potatoes on their( National Trust owned) land. They have been really supportive...ploughing up the pasture for growing, manuring and planting these potatoes, to get us going.

Why not visit their Farm Shop, School Lane, Dunham...it's just next to the Axe and Cleaver pub in Dunham Village and right next to the canal bridge...a lovely cycle or walk!

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