Which potatoes to choose

Which potatoes to choose


Border Organic Gardeners Potato Day and Green Fair is one of the biggest potato days in the country and very possibly the oldest one still running every year. Even better, we are one of the cheapest too!

This year’s Potato Day is on 3rd March 2019. We open the doors at Springwood Park, Kelso at 11am and start wrapping up at 3pm. Entry is £1.50 for adults. Children free. Free parking too!

Get directions to Springwood Park here.

What IS Potato Day?

First a bit of history. A little over 20 or so years ago, as part of the HDRA’s (now Garden Organic) commitment to biodiversity, the first Potato Day was held at their base, Ryton Gardens near Coventry. This was the brainchild of Jackie Gear MBE, formerly joint director, with husband Alan of HDRA to provide an opportunity for people to choose from as many varieties as possible when buying their seed potatoes, and be able to buy them in small quantities if they wanted to squeeze several varieties into a small space – seed potatoes being traditionally sold in bags of 30 or more tubers.

Several local organic gardening groups including us here at BOG (and latterly allotments, other gardening groups and garden centres) around the country picked up on the idea, with Borders Organic Gardeners being one of the first. BOG’s potato day remains one of the largest and busiest in the country.

Little known fact:
HDRA stands for Henry Doubleday Research Association, named by founder Lawrence Hills after Victorian scientist and horticulturist Henry Doubleday

What happens at Potato Day?

DSC_0615 [1600x1200]We sell potatoes for growing!

Well, of course. We get an excited queue forming outside the doors that open at 11am on the day. And the first rush sees a few varieties selling out in the first hour. There will still be plenty to choose from though a little later when the choosing process is much more relaxed. Varieties are arranged alphabetically, so if you want to get particular varieties it’s worth thinking ahead so you can get to your favourites.

Alongside the potatoes, garlic, onions and shallots, there will again be the enticing attraction of Potato Day’s Green Fair showcasing a mix of local cakes, bread, meat and vegetables, alongside plant suppliers and craft workers.

Complementing this commercial activity, we have our free children’s activities, together with advice and information from environment and conservation groups. Not forgetting our own BOG gardening experts who will be on hand.

We hope we’ll see you there!

Online ordering

Sorry, but the online ordering is now closed for this year’s Potato Day.

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Stall holders at Potato Day 2019


Product or aims

Stitchill jerseys

Organic dairy produce

Bread and Roses

Fresh sourdough and naturally leavened loaves

Chainbridge Honey Farm

Honey, beeswax and honey products

Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen NEW

Scones, Brownies,cakes,teabreads,traybakes

First and Last Brewery NEW

Small, family run micro-brewery based in Elsdon in Northumberland

Hannah Longmuir NEW

Countryside artist based in the Scottish Borders.

Heatherslaw Mills

Flour milled in a tradional mill using local grains

John Marshall

Tattie Talks : Potato Helpdesk

Kelso Wholefoods

Wide variety of wholefoods, many from local producers

Kitty's Ginger Wine

Non-alcoholic ginger wine from a family business based in Blyth Nthumberland

Laprig Fruit

Traditional fruit juices

Liz Zimmerman

Potato prints and cards

Lyne Organics

Candles, diffusers and burner oils using natural long lasting fragrances

Mad Jam Woman

Preserves, marmalades, relishes and screaming hot sauce maker

Peelham Farm

Organic pork, lamb, mutton and beef

SkyBluePink designs

Hand dyed yarns, knitting patterns and knitted items designed by Jennie Howes plus St Abbs Wool Festival information

Slackhouse Farm shop

Birdoswald organic farmhouse cheeses

The Hare in Winter NEW

Wood craft and Linen

Woodside walled Garden

Plants, garden tools and sundries


Action Duchenne

Hand made bird boxes in aid of the charity Action Duchenne

Border Forest Trust

Helping to restore native woodland to Southern Scotland

Northumbria Basket Weavers

Promoting and enabling the study and practice of all aspects of basketmaking

RSPB Scotland

Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it

Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

Workimg to protect red squirrels in Scotland

The Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society

Working for allotment sites and plot holders throughout Scotland

Woodside Garden for Wildlife and Wellbeing NEW

Gardening for wildlife and how gardening and nature can help your physical and mental health.

Featured Stalls at Potato Day