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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow...Our spud fair is in January...

I like to try some different one's but have old favourites. Last year it was Pentland Javelin, Winston, Estima, Wija, Desire and Red Duke of York. The last bag was emptied in November and they've just been finished off. They all did well so it's a difficult choise this year.

Which spuds will you grow again and which won't you grow...

Red Duke of York are a must but I won't be growing Charlotte, I find them hard to cook with, the skins fall off  and they go to mush..



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Never grow any potatoes which are easy to buy in the supermarket.  Grow something new to you each year.  Enjoy, there's nothing like the first freshly dug new potatoes.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I'm staying with Pentland Javelin, I only grow 1st earlies. Still got quite a few in a sack in the garage, fine not sprouting and haven't lost much taste.

    Must rememeber to start saving egg boxes for chitting seed spuds.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Since I only have space for 4 potato bags, and have not done that well with expensive seed potatoes, I tend to just plant shop bought spuds that have chitted while waiting to be usedimage They do very wellimage

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Purchased my spuds today -  lovely feeling to 'get going' again.  Desiree - which I haven't grown for a couple of years, so trying again as I had good crops and also Maris peer.

    Like KEF I must start saving eggs boxes for chitting.  

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,212

    I grow in bags, tried them in the veg bed one year and the year after had another harvest of spuds sprouting in with the broccoliimage.

    I agree there's nothing nicer than tasting home grown and trying new one's too. Ambo, Edzell Blue, Dunluce, Nicola and Maris Bard all did well in bags. Looking back in my diary's, PJ and RD of Y seem to be favourites each year though.

    I'm ever so excited, just put my name down for an allotment, must keep my feet on the ground though, the list could be long, and I might be 27 before one's offered.

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    Sorry to be a stick in the mud but it will be Sharpes Express, British Queens, Golden Aonder and Roosters again in 2014.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    No Expert - I was interested in Roosters but the shop had sold out - are they worth seeking out and how do they cook?

  • zoomer can you tell me when and where is the spud fair is it near Lancaster

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,212

     little-ann, It's at The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. It's not a big fair though 4 to 5 varieties tops of salad, 1st, 2nd and main crop spuds.

    It's within walking distance for me but unless you planned to do something else in the area you'd be disappointed if travelling from Lakeland South just for the spud fair. A fair sounds good but grand this one isn't,  it's abit like an old bring and buy sale, you'd get round the Lancaster one 5 to 10 mins. Some of the bigger fairs offer 90 or more varieties, so wouldn't recommend you travelled any distance just for the Lancaster one.

    The fair was advertised on the internet but now the date is advertised in the local paper the week before, sometime in January on a Saturday. I look to buy old varieties and then do a recci of the GC's and nursery's in the area after the fair. The date hasn't appeared yet.

  • Thanks Zoomer i will just go to beetham nursery as usual then, i live near Kendal so Lancaster not so far. we sometimes come to a nursery on the way to Glasson dock cant remember what its called, near the golf club, cafes good as well image

    hope you get your allotment

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