During January and February we run a series of eight potato days in Northwest England
What is a potato day?
For those with a love for growing potatoes a potato day is the beginning of their growing season. Potato days, as the name suggests, are a place to buy seed potatoes and with 80-100 varieties to choose from, it is easy to spend longer than you ever thought you could looking at potatoes! It’s not just about potatoes. The event could equally be called an ‘Allotment Day’, as we cater for all your growing needs, from Asparagus to Zucchini (courgette) and everything in between.
Potato days are generally held in village halls, although the Skemersdale day is held in the middle of a shopping centre which makes it a bit novel. We usually work with a local allotment association, growing group or community group who are responsible for the local advertising. They help Brighter Blooms throughout the day from set up, to serving customers and packing away. In return for this we make a donation to their organisation. The potatoes, which are packed in 1kg nets, are laid out in crates on tables in the hall; they are split up into first earlies, second earlies and main crop varieties to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. We usually have a selection of organically grown potato varieties as well. All the varieties have a description label and a picture on them to help you decide which ones to grow this year.
Myself and the local volunteers are always on hand to offer advice and suggestions, whether you’re new to growing or even if you’re not and looking for something different to try.
The potatoes are the main event but we have much, much more to tempt you. A full list of all our products can be found in the details of each event in the events calendar. They include onion sets, shallots and garlic. Fruit bushes including; Black, Red and White Currants, Gooseberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and Blueberries.
We have a large range of vegetable seeds all at £1 packet. The seed is all packed in quantities to provide the right amount for the average allotment grower.
This year will be the first time we are organising a potato day in Preston, and we are hoping for this to become a get together for all the local enthusiast allotmenteers.