UK’s biggest potato event

IT’S Potato Day in Kelso on Sunday when home producers have the chance to buy tubers from Borders Organic Gardeners (BOG).

There will be more than 100 varieties of earlies and maincrops, offering great chippers, mashers and boilers, arranged alphabetically around the hall, and BOG is keeping prices the same as last year at 14p per tuber.

BOG’s David Banks said: “BOG Potato Day is the biggest one-day potato event in the United Kingdom and this year is more important than ever before: after a disastrous 2012 for local agriculture, prices are bound to rocket, especially for badly-hit supermarket potatoes.

“There is special interest in the blight-resistant tatties this year. The Sarpo varieties bred in Hungary proved highly popular and effective last year and that range has been extended in 2013, helped by a donation from BOG to the Savari Trust, which produces these wonderful varieties.”

There will also be garlic, shallot and onion sets for sale and stalls selling garden equipment, crafts, local produce, seeds and garden sundries, as well as stalls manned by environmental organisations. There will also be tea, coffee, cakes and lunches available, a children’s area, information centre and advice available from BOG’s potato experts.

The 18th annual Potato Day takes place at Springwood Hall in the Border Union Showground between 11am and 3pm. Entry is £1, children free.