In response to restrictions posed by COVID-19, Lancaster’s annual ‘Potato Day’ will be held outside in the new year as part of the Saturday Dalton Square charter market. It will take the form of several stalls on Saturday 30th January and will run from 10am.
Transition City Lancaster runs potato day every year on a ‘not for profit’ basis. The aim of the event is simply to bring people together and to get more food grown locally.
To support the 2021 event Transition has partnered with Claver Hill community food growing project. There will be the usual array of 30+ varieties of organic seed potatoes for sale. They will be sold loose so you could buy just a couple to plant in a bucket in your backyard, or else buy enough to grow an allotment full of potatoes.
In addition to the seed potatoes, a seed swap will be run by Lancaster Seed Library. They will be sharing some of their seed (saved during this growing season), whilst also answering your seed saving questions and queries. So bring along questions, seed you have saved or perhaps excess that you have bought, to donate and exchange.
There will also be people available who can give plenty of tips on how to get the best from your tatties or other veg. The Claver Hill folk can give advice on no dig growing for example, crop planning for our Lancaster climate, permaculture design and natural flood management.
You don’t even need a garden to grow as there are community food growing projects such as Claver Hill where you can join with others and make new friends while growing great fresh veggies. There’s also the option of an allotment. People will be available during the day to share details about local community growing projects and how you can get involved. So come along and find out more.
Potato Day has become a Lancaster tradition that always attracts a great collection of people. We hope the 2021 event will be no exception and will demonstrate the resilience of the day and the adaptability of the people behind it.