Potatoes

We are growing 40 hectares of salad potatoes and 130 hectares of main crop potatoes for the 2021/2022 season. The majority of these crops are destined for the major multiples, via various packers.

Varieties:

Salad potatoes – Jester, Alexia, Athlete, and Jacky.

Maincrop potatoes – Triplo, Lady Balfour, Valor, Acoustic, Twister, Twinner, Carolus and Kelly.

The focus is very much on varieties that have natural blight resistance. We are always prepared to try out new varieties on a field scale basis, despite the risk of crop failure, which we experienced a few years ago – in two of our fields.

Our supply of loose-skin potatoes starts in mid June with set-skin potatoes available from early August. We also have storage facilities available to extend our supply window through to the spring.

Storage and grading facilities:

One of our most recent investments has been an on site potato store, which has a high humidity capacity enabling us to store through until June – facilitating year round supply.

Due to customer demand a second cold store was completed in 2018. This second store has improved seed handling, a vital part of our organic system. Seed can now arrive on farm in December/January and placed into chitting trays ready for planting in optimum conditions in the spring.

Two further cold stores (1,500 tonne capacity and 800 tonne capacity) were completed in 2019.

In the second half of this year we are due to start construction work on a new and larger grading and washing facility. This will enable us to grade and wash potatoes all-year-round. We are also looking to install an optical grader for the 2022 season. This will further allow us to deliver higher standards of quality to our customer base.

 

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Red Tractor Farm Assurance

6390

The Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards Winner 2010
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Assured Produce Growing Partner

6390

Organic Soil Association Certified

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