As Spud as Gold: The Perfect Potato…

Roasted? Boiled? Chipped? Mashed, even? How do you like your Lincolnshire tates? My own preference is to give ‘em a good roasting in Lincolnshire rapeseed oil with a sprinkle of sea salt, a generous grind of pepper and a clove of garlic chucked into the roasting tin for good measure. 

We all love our potatoes – however they’re prepared – but how often do we give consideration to each variety? Lincolnshire food delivery website Yummy’s potato supplier is Steven Lunn, from J. Lunn & Sons. 

Steven’s farm is located in Frithville and mainly grows Maris Piper, Marfona and Stemsters, three very well-known potato varieties for most purposes, Piper for roasting and chipping; Marfona for baking and mashing; Stemster for boiling. 

“We grow Piper, Marfona and Stemster on our 20 acres near Boston,” says Steven. “What makes these so special is our soil. Because we’re blessed with a beautiful loam type soil, this is where the taste comes from. Potatoes taste different from different land types.”

“A Piper potato from Boston’s loam soil will taste very different to a Piper grown on the sandy soils of Norfolk, for example. Piper potatoes are the ideal choice for roasting and chipping, due to their ‘dry matter’ content. They fry really well, too.”

“Marfona (championed by Marks & Spencer since the 1990s) are perfect for baking, due to their smooth texture. We’ve been growing Stemster for the past 25 years, and if you ask me which is the best tasting variety I grow, I’d say Stemster every time! It’s a brilliant tasting potato and a good all-rounder; it will chip, mash and boil.”

Yummy now sells these three varieties in either a 2kg or 25kg bag, with home delivery; see www.yummy.co.uk/marketplace/the-yummy-greengrocer/

Grace Lunn of J Lunn, Frithville.

Welcome to The Voice from the Fields

Jonny King of FreshDrop, Heckington

Fruit and veg varies throughout the year according to the weather, where it’s grown, who grows it and of course the four seasons.

That’s why we’re asking one of Yummy’s many fresh produce suppliers, Jonny King of FreshDrop, to be ‘The Voice from the Fields’  and send us regular reports on what’s happening in the fields and farms of Lincolnshire, working with suppliers and farmers from right across the county, country and the rest of the world.

Is the weather effecting crop yields? What’s coming into season? Where is our fresh produce farmed. Who are the farmers driving those tractors and what challenges do they face? What varieties of fruit and veg will Yummy be supplying and how can you get the best out of them? 

All of these questions and more will be answered by Jonny and our experts, who will keep all of our customers updated with what’s happening in the farming industry, and how to tease out the best from our fresh produce.

Keep checking back here to enjoy regular updates from Yummy’s very own ‘Voice from the Fields,’ empowering you as a customer to get the best local food on a month-by-month basis before you fill your shopping basket.