Our joyous homage to the humble spud

Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.Todmorden CE School gardening club were among the visitors
Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.Todmorden CE School gardening club were among the visitors

PEOPLE travelled far and wide to pay homage to the humble spud.

Around 250 people attended Calder Valley Organic Gardeners’ 6th annual Potato Day at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.

More than 41 varieties were on display and for sale including a number of unusual ones along with expert planting advice.

The group’s publicity secretary Bev Plaxton said: “Everyone had a great day with some travelling from as far away as Barnsley and Bolton.

“We had lots of positive feedback as people left saying it was another great potato day.”

Bev added that the popularity of the potato day might have something to do with each person in the UK eating an average of 500 spuds per year and there were over 200 different potato varieties.

Also attending the event were a group of 15 pupils and two teachers from Todmorden C of E Primary School’s gardening club.

“Each pupil chose their favourite variety and hopefully the school will be harvesting a bumper crop of potatoes later this year,” added Bev.

In addition to the sale of seed potatoes, there were stalls run by Pextenement Organic Cheese Company, Krumlin Plant Nursery, West Riding Organics, and community interest company Calder Food Hub.

Children also enjoyed making hand puppets and garden bugs.

Bev added: “We would like to thank everyone who helped before, during and after this year’s event. None of this would be possible without this group of willing volunteers.”

She said the date of the 2013 potato day - expected to be at the end of February - would be announced later in the year.