It’s a fine crisp day at the moment, but I will not waffle on…
This Fryday, January 25th, we will be wedging the door open to receive our delivery of seed potatoes, onions, shallots etc, heralding the start of our 2019 allotment and garden growing season. As always, this email comes as an invitation to all members to don your jackets and to come and join us as we chip away at unloading the lorry, and then to process the sacks of spuds. Extra sets of scales are always welcome to help relieve the crush, and to ensure that we do not make too much of a hash of things.
Delivery : due at 9, so arrival by 8.45 is helpful.
Kettle: bubbling and squeaking from 9.15.
Cake: still in the recipe book at the moment
Weighing and packing: 9.30 onwards, and probably done by 11.
All orders should be available to collect on SUNDAY JANUARY 27th, between 9.30 and 12.30. Please note that we have been advised by our supplier that shortages of both seed potatoes and onion sets have been widely reported this year. We are hopeful that we will be able to supply all of our orders, but, at this stage, we are unable to guarantee that all varieties will actually be available in the quantities that we have requested. Obviously we will do our very best to please as many members as we can.
If you have not placed an order yet, there will be plenty of potatoes available to purchase on Sunday, and we suggest that you hot-foot it to the hut as soon as you can to make your selection. The same obviously applies to onions, shallots, garlic and other stuff!
From February 2nd, we should also be opening on Saturday mornings as well as Sundays, 9.30 -12.30 as usual.
And finally, don’t forget to join our bucket list. John and Malcolm will be striving to retain their potato-growing crowns, and we hope that you will harness that surge of potato-envy productively this year. A spot of water during the growing season also helps, apparently… Yes. We are proud to announce the continuation of our annual potato in a bucket competition (year 2!) and hope you will give it a bash. A mere 3.50 sterling will secure you a free bucket, and 2 potatoes of a particular variety that we will keep a secret! (My computer refuses to do pound signs any more. Sorry!) If you purchased a competition bucket last year, we are currently discussing a discount option!
Malcolm has produced some helpful growing hints (or so he says…) and we hope to get these onto the blog spot shortly.
Hope to see you on Fryday if you are free.
(on behalf of the slightly tatty volunteer team)