Monday, March 1, 2021

Potato Day 2021 success!

Down to Earth write: "A huge thank you to everyone who supported our socially distanced, Covid-safe Potato Day at Stroud Farmers Market on 6 February. All 'spuds' were sold by 1pm  (the equivalent of 8 x 25 Kg sacks  (the large full sacks are 25Kg) with 15 varieties of potatoes. We made a fantasic £330.00, which will be divided between Transition Stroud and Down to Earth". 

Thank you to all our volunteers, Gerb, organiser of Famers Market, for allowing us a stall at no charge, and to Dundry Nursery for kindly giving us the paper bags, labels and trays. Enjoy your spuds!"

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

2021 Potato Day

We are delighted to still be running our Stroud POTATO DAY on Sat Feb 6th at Stroud Farmer’s Market, from 8.30am to 2pm with volunteers on the day, following all safety rules
Here's the latest news:

If the Market is closed due to Covid or bad weather, 

There is the option of Sunday Feb 7th 2021 at The Trinity Rooms from 11am to 2pm. This will be indoors with volunteers and C-19 rules
There will be NO pre-ordered potatoes
International Kidney (from Jersey Royal)
Swift (good in containers)
Charlotte (salad)
Sarpo Una (red) (good in containers)
Kestrel (slug resistant)
Celebration (red & white, salad)
Pink Fir Apple
Sarpo Kifli (good in containers)
Desiree (red)
Setanta (red)

Available varieties, dependent on our supplier, Dundry Nurseries
Price: 20p per tuber (as last year). 
3Kg paper bag for £4.85
Please check online for up to date info if weather turns bad or lockdown forces more closures. THANK YOU for your PATIENCE

Please consider volunteering for this event, we are short of helpers this year.  It will be a short day, but very positive and fun!!!  Please contact Jane Brown on:

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

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.
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....