Monday, January 6, 2020

Join us 8.30-2.00pm Saturday 1st February

This year at the Farmers Market in Stroud - Hosted by Down to Earth Stroud and Stroud Community Seed Bank

STROUD POTATO and SEED DAY
 
NEW!  Starting this year on Friday 31st Jan at Stroud Congregational Church Hall (next to Stroud Sub rooms)
 
from 5pm to 8pm
 
Please support us and buy your seed potatoes from us and take away our locally saved seeds from Stroud Community Seed Bank. We also have fruit trees and bushes for sale and light homemade refreshments and drinks including our now famous Potato Cake! We have 25 varieties of seed potatoes, 1st and 2nd earlies and main crop. Sourced from Dundry Nurseries, Bamfurlong Lane, nr Cheltenham. We expect the Nurseryman, Chris Evans from Dundry to join us on Friday to give expert advice on all growing matters. Our seeds are saved locally following strict guidelines esp for the vegetables.
 
FREE ENTRY
 
NEXT DAY: STROUD POTATO and SEED DAY Saturday 1st Feb at Stroud Farmer’s Market, from 8.30am to 2pm
 
Do come and join us at either of the events, whatever the weather!
may have to be cancelled if really bad weather, so check with our website to be certain
 
For more information, please contact the website of Down to Earth. Our seed catalogue is due out soon and a list of potatoes will be presented once confirmed.

Friday, January 4, 2019

2nd Feb is the day!

Stroud Potato Day 2019 is on Saturday 2nd February! The 9th annual Potato Day is this year at our new venue at the Farmers' Market - but as always with over 20 varieties.
 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Update re Potato Day 2019

This annual event has been organised jointly by Down to Earth and Transition Stroud and it will be the 9th Stroud Potato Day in 2019.  It is run by volunteers and the seed potatoes come from Dundry Nurseries, Nr Shurdington, the owner, Chris Evans is a great supporter of community and expert on potatoes. 

Changes have been forced upon Potato Day by the refurbishment of Merrywalks Shopping Mall - which had been the event's home from the start. This means that neither the date nor the location of Potato Day 2019 are currently settled. It has been confirmed that we cannot use Merrywalks! We are now provisionally saying: Stroud Potato Day, 2019. On the First Weekend of February with Venue TBC. If anyone has any ideas of where we can go, that would be great.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Potato Day success!

After printing costs we raised £608.80 in total; some £325 goes to pay for the potatoes which leaves £283.80 to divide between Transition Stroud and Down to Earth. Congrats to the team. This year there are hardly any tubers left over...

In terms of the Seed Saving, an incredible £183.52  was donated with some 176 packets of veg seeds distributed leaving only 62 left! Plus loads of flower and herb seeds on their way to new homes. That means in two weekends of Seed Saving we have given out over 376 flower and veg seeds grown and saved locally and raised £353.52 in donations. Of course it is not about the money (although it helps) it is about the generosity of those who visited us and the sheer delight in growing our own food and flowers from seed we have saved ourselves.  No wonder we scare the seed companies!
 
Below is a quick film from the day....
 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Help us publicise the event...

Here's our poster; please tell your friends, family, neighbours and more....

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Don't miss our 8th Potato Day


















Saturday 3rd February at 10 AM - 2:30 PM (not 10th Febas advertised in some places). Down to Earth write: A variety of seed potatoes will be sold in Merrywalks Shopping Centre following the success of previous years. Please let us know if you are able to help with selling seed potatoes, either the whole day or part, setting up or taking down at the beginning and ends of the day. See Facebook page here.

Please do let us know if you have any particular preference for a variety of potato and if you want a larger order. These can be put aside for you. We buy from Dundry Nurseries so their website will give the list of varieties on offer and we charge the same price as they do. http://www.dundrynurseries.co.uk/list.asp

The Down to Earth Community Seed Saving Group will be distributing another successful harvest of seed through January and into the spring at the Farmer’s Market and on Potato Day. Plus we have the Stroud Potato recipe book and potato cake on our stall. A little reminder of the joy of the next season of growing after the winter!




Please get in touch with Jane for further info:
johnbrown@cooptel.net