The real "Jersey Royal Potato " Production system?

DrWazzock

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Lincolnshire
I visited Jersey a year or two back and had a tour of a vineyard there. They were also making cider and the apple butter which was the boiled up dregs of the cider making process which was very nice on toast. The bloke seemed to be saying they had no trade agreement with the EU so couldn't sell any of their produce on to the continent but can trade with UK mainland. I might have got this wrong but he seemed to sell all his wine and other produce locally anyway. A fascinating place, agriculturally and there were some protests going on about use of land for tourist development depriving farmers of their livelihoods. No vat either.
 

Netherfield

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Location
West Yorkshire
I've previously planted 'Sharpes Express' for an early crop, but they're getting increasingly hard to find, so now It's nine tubs of 'Charlotte' and seven of 'Juliette'.
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The wire and plastic is to try and stop the new pup from nipping the tops off as they grow through. Last years crop lasted through to Feb this year.
 

DrWazzock

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Location
Lincolnshire
Planting my sharps express today. They have done more time growing in the dining room on the egg trays than they will in the garden. A bit late but been busy with other stuff. Having a breather on here.
 

multi power

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Location
pembrokeshire
Half the problem with potatoes nowadays is the supermarket, and the other half is the consumer demand for washed and in plastic bags
Once washed a potato is only stockfeed within 24 hours, that's before they get sprayed with hypocrite and put in plastic
Hence if I ever see stockfeed potatoes anywhere I eat them
 
We get 10 to 12 tonnes outgrade ware potatoes every throughout the year . If I can remember , I sometimes use one or two of them , particularly the misshapen ones that are only outgraded for that . We don't get a lot of new potatoes, for price reasons I suppose . I brought a bag of new potatoes back with me ,one time when I was in Mallorca , and planted them at home . I don;t know why , soil incompatible , weather , timing , but they weren't anything like as nice as the originals down there .( Might have been the surroundings of course )
 
I grew far too many organic pink fir (nobbly old variety) spuds last year - inexperienced!! I brushed them up and put in brown paper bags and sold them with my egg round at a high price. Everyone demanded more. They were very good. Agree with everyone I remember as a child summer holidays in Cornwall and dad cooking new potatoes in our little touring caravan. The nutty slightly bitter taste. I cant remember having that taste since.
 

DrWazzock

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Location
Lincolnshire
My brother worked for a very big wholesale food supplier. They bought undersize outgrades and mixed them with peat and sold them as new potatoes. Folks thought that because there was a bit of peat on them they were hand dug new tates.

Its all about perception and all that bollox.
 

dowcow

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Location
Lancashire
I live in a spud growing area. Everyone used to have a few acres of quota. The best new spuds come from a guy who still only grows a few acres, and who digs every day and doesn't get ahead on himself so that the spuds sold from his shed are always fresh. And he always tells you to 'eat them today, won't be as good tomorrow.' I think he still sticks to some older varieties for his earlies and main crop, for the flavour mostly. And yeah, they cost more, or his £2 bags are always smaller than other peoples £2 bags... but it's worth it. A top quality product you just have to pay that bit extra for... although there's the times when I'm mowing a bit of grass down there and he gives me a bag to take back for mother, which is very much appreciated ;)
 

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Creamy, untreated and in a glass bottle: Britain gets a taste for old-fashioned milk

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Creamy, untreated and in a glass bottle: Britain gets a taste for old-fashioned milk

Written by Freya Herring

Dairy farmers cash in on a growing trend to replace both homogenisation and plastic with a revival of the traditional ways
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