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Get your hands on some special spuds!

John Freeman
We can all name our favourite potato-based feasts – hot salty chips, fluffy steaming baked spuds, or the first fresh salad ‘taters’ of the year. But how many varieties of the humble potato could you name?

Come along to the Friends’ Meeting House in Lancaster on Saturday 31st January from 12 noon for this year’s Potato Day and you’ll discover a huge range of potatoes that are anything but humble.

Potato Day is a free event run by members of the local community and it’s a hugely popular day each year, supplying people with a great selection of potatoes for planting. There will be around 30 different varieties of seed potatoes available to buy individually, including many heritage and organic varieties. It’s the best way to create a wonderful pick and mix selection of some of the tastiest tubers around!

If you’ve never grown your own spuds before this is a great place to start; and don’t worry – it really couldn’t be easier. Mary Hamilton, a self-confessed spud-o-phile, said: “Potatoes will be happy in a deep pot in your yard if you haven’t got a garden. And there’s really nothing like the joy of scrabbling for potatoes with your hands – it’s like finding buried treasure!”

The Lancashire Apple Project will also be there, handing out local variety apple trees that were grafted one year ago by volunteers. Most have been pre-ordered, although there may be a small number left looking for a good home. If you are interested, come along to find out more about this fabulous project.

As usual, the Potato Cafe will be serving up fabulous potato-themed food all afternoon and there will be potato-based activities to entertain the kids. So join the spud-inspired fun next Saturday for a lively afternoon inspired by our nation’s favourite root vegetable!