20. Aug, 2016

Shropshire potatoes

We eat a lot of potatoes, that is a fact but really what do we know about what varyity we are eating.....even we Chef's take a lot for granted, order a case of Bakers 40/50 and the vegman brings you a box of bakers no idea what they are or more important were from....Ask for a bag of roasters and you been told they ate maris piper potatoes from Stafford or Kidderminster, even worse you ask Jo public what potatoes do you eat normally and out comes the dreaded line....I always buy Asda potatoes, or I pick up a bag from Tesco when I buy my weekly shopping, we all heard of Jersey Royals only available for 6ish weeks...and even buy New Potatoes or Mids but what are they, were from, how old are they......

Martin Moyden, from Moyden’s Handmade Cheese, mentioned to me about 6 month ago, to come and see him on the Annual Shropshire Potato Day near Harper Adams, a one day event were local growers and potato enthusiast are gathering, exchanging ideas, see new varieties, buy seedlings etc.....I was told when I was there 120 different varieties were on Show.....all from Shropshire.....

Martin introduced me to Gerrol Jalving, the organizer of the event, and as one does, we talked potatoes, a hell of a lot potato talk. Gerrol came to Britain in the early 90's ,as a fellow Dutchman and son of a guess what...a potato farmer. Learning from childhood everything there is to know about these beauties, soils, cultivating new  ones crossing varieties tbh endless knowledge about potatoes. I have introduced him on an earlier blog, I am still amazed that a fellow country man grows proudly Shroshires finest potatoes.

Now going to stage two, as discussed with Gerrol I am experimenting with his potatoes a lot, for new ideas on menu's, it gives me and my team a boost to play with new fresh local produce, flavors second to none, and I have to say again....it is time people wake up and see what is produced in their local area, apart from the finest quality, pricing is extremely competitive, overall much cheaper then any Supermarket were one pays more for the packaging and colorful labeling telling you the oh so 'important use by date' lol, can't people just tell when something is of anymore......

People, honestly, when you go for a drive in the weekends, take your blinkers of a look around you what there is about, producers, growers and farmers all passionate, proud and keeping their all so important heritage going, I make good use of it and my guests appreciate every single bite of local produce I prepare for them. and if that is to much for you, why not make a trip to the Shrewsbury Market hall, were  there is fressh produce galore....