Jacket required as county celebrate annual Potato Day at Stonham Barns

The Potato Day at Stonham Barns. Tetley Carter with some potatoes.

The Potato Day at Stonham Barns. Tetley Carter with some potatoes. - Credit: Archant

National Chip Week may have just begun, but fans of the humble spud had the chance to celebrate all its forms at the weekend.

The Potato Day at Stonham Barns.

The Potato Day at Stonham Barns. - Credit: Archant

The East Anglia Potato Day celebrated its 20th anniversary at Stonham Barns near Stowmarket on Saturday, when Valentine’s Day visitors showed a lot of love for the tasty tuber vegetable.

Organised and run entirely by volunteers from the Suffolk, Ipswich and Norfolk organic gardeners’ groups, the event attracts hundreds of people from all over East Anglia, eager to explore trade and craft stands, sample local food and take part in activities like chip tasting and seed swaps.

Grace Boggis, events manager at Stonham Barns, said: “We had more than 700 visitors and 100 different varieties of potato.

“People were queuing from as early as 8.30am – some to get their potato seeds for the rest of the year.

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“We had a lot of young families, as well as older people, so it was nice to see the younger generation are coming up with an interest in agriculture.”

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