Event proves tattielating and s-mashing for crowds

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club. Pictured are Sarah Beswick, Mick Chatham and Claire Cramer
Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club. Pictured are Sarah Beswick, Mick Chatham and Claire Cramer

A s-mash-ing time was had by all at the Calder Valley Organic Gardeners’ annual Potato Day last weekend.

The event, held at Mytholmroyd Cricket club, attracted crowds throughout the day and organisers said many visitors were willing to try new things.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

Around 38 varieties of super spuds, both organic and non-organic, were on the menu, and visitors enjoyed browsing some of the unique, unusual varieties on offer, as well as the old favourites.

Classics including Lady Christl made an appearance, but new varieties including Milva and Alouette were also available.

Gordon Nelson, of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners, said: “People wanted to try new things and we had around 12 to 15 varieties we had never had before.

“Numbers of visitors were down a little on previous years and that could be due to the flooding of allotments.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

“But it was a successful day in spite of that.”

And a crop of special tatties could now sprout up over the Calder Valley as people begin to chit their seed potatoes, before planting them in early April.

The spud-tastic event also included children’s activities, stalls, and some tasty food and drink at the cafe.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club. Pictured is Mick Chatham

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day, at Mytholmroyd Cricket Club. Pictured is Mick Chatham