Choose your delivery date. January or February will give time to chit and plant in March or April. See FAQ for full details. For all EU AND Northern Irish Customers please pick a day before the end of December as we cannot guarantee delivery in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Belle de Fontenay is an old French salad variety from around 1885 producing long, yellow-skinned tubers with light yellow flesh. It’s a very firm and waxy potato with a great taste, ideal for steaming and boiling. The tubers store after harvesting for several months and the flavour is even said to improve with age.
Discounts for bulk buying any variety of 25 kg hessian sacks. See wholesale page for full details. Applied automatically.
Orders will be dispatched after November 2020. We aim to dispatch within 3 days and then delivery will take 3-4 days. Prices include UK delivery. Some varieties are only available from Mid December – these are clearly marked on the product page
For ROI there is an automatic flat rate delivery charge, you do not need to contact us about this. If you are from elsewhere we can provide a quote. See FAQ for further details.
PLEASE NOT THAT WE MAY BE UNABLE TO PROCESS ANY ORDERS TO IRELAND – INCLUDING NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER DECEMBER DUE TO BREXIT THEREFORE A DECEMBER DELIVERY WOULD BE BENEFICIAL. This is obviously beyond our control. It is very strange and incredibly sad to write this, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to deliver after 31st December this year.
If you wish to pick up we offer a 15% discount. By default, this option will only appear for local postcodes. If yours doesn’t appear, use our postcode DD3 0QN in the “Deliver to Address”. Also to help us, put “pick up” in the “deliver to address”. Note that your order may still take a day or two to organise and we will contact you when your order is ready. We operate on a working farm with machinery, vehicles and livestock and so please keep children and pets inside your car when picking up. This is only available for orders up to £50 – if you wish to pick up a larger order, please contact us prior to ordering.
If you want a specific week, let us know in the information box and we will do our best to send it out then. We recommend that you get your potatoes in plenty of time to chit. If you plan to plant in March, we would suggest delivery in late January/February to give 4-6 weeks chitting, if you plan to plant in April, a late February/March date would suit.
All products ordered will be sent together in the same delivery. If you require us to split the delivery please let us know – an additional postal charge will be payable.
Most varieties are available between November and mid-May. However we grow a lot of varieties in small quantities and these will sell out quite fast.
To ensure your order arrives in the best possible condition, deliveries will be made as soon as all the varieties on your order are available, using an appropriate courier or postal service.
If you choose to pay by BACS or cheque we will not begin to process your order out until your payment has been received and cleared. This could take a few days and may not be checked each day.
During times of frost or low temperatures deliveries will be held back until more favourable conditions prevail.
Some deliveries may be delayed if we have to re- stock our nets, we will try to keep you informed of any delays.
Chitting is simply waking the seed potato up after its winter dormancy ready to grow.
It is definitely a good idea to chit, but to do this you need to get your seed nice and early – maybe January or February if you are in the South of England and March or April if you are in North of Scotland. The aim is to have your potatoes come through the ground after the last frost in your area as the new plant is susceptible to frost.
Chitted seed will be ready to grow much quicker once Spring arrives and the soil warms up. Chitted seed should come through the ground in about 2 weeks.
If you buy your seed in April or May, however, then there is little or no advantage in chitting since the soil temperature will be ok for planting, though the unchitted seed will take c4 weeks to come through the ground.
Remove the seed potatoes from the net as soon as you receive them (as the shoots will grow through the nets and can break if you try to remove them) and put them in an egg carton in a sunny window sill. The shoots will start to sprout and when they are around an inch long they will be ready to plant.
Early Main Crop and Main Crop take around 15 – 22 week respectively to mature. Main crops can be planted till around mid May depending on where you are in the UK
There is a common myth that you can cut the tuber up to give a better yield. We do not advise this. Tubers have enough stored energy to get to the surface and produce a healthy crop. By cutting they you are risking the tuber going mouldy as it has no skin to protect it and lower yields.
Potatoes like to be watered but not water-logged and so ensure your pot or area has good drainage.
Potatoes need a sunny site away from frost pockets – the newly emerging foliage is susceptible to frost damage in April and May.
The traditional planting method is to dig a narrow trench 12cm (5in) deep. The seed tubers are spaced 37cm (15in) for maincrop varieties in rows 75cm (30in) apart. Apply a general purpose fertiliser at this stage. When the emerging shoots come through, you need to “earth” or “mound” them up – this is counter intuitive. Do this several times. This encourages downward growth – the new tubers will jostle for space and any growing near the surface will turn green.
Small crops of potatoes can also be grown in large, deep containers, and this is a good way of getting an early batch of new potatoes. Fill the bottom 15cm (6in) of the container with potting compost and plant the seed potato just below this. As the new stems start growing, keep adding compost until the container is full.
With maincrops for storage wait until the foliage turns yellow, then cut it and remove it. Leave for 10 days before harvesting the tubers – this allows the skin to set, leaving them to dry for a few hours before storing.
Taste great simply prepared in their skins. ‘Salad’ potatoes are firm to the bite and are great for a quick, easy and healthier dish. Taste delicious boiled, steamed or roasted whole in their skins. Although the recipe states Charlotte, any waxy potato can be used
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Simple and effective, these Hasselback potatoes are perfect for a lazy lunch or a party nibble.
Recipes are taken from the “AHDB – Potatoes more than a bit on the side” site and used with permission. Click on logo for some more wonderful recipes! AHDB is a members based programme of which Potato House is a member.
We’d love to see any pics of your kitchen creations on our social media pages – see links at the foot of the page.
The Slow Food Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste is a key international project of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. It aims to catalogue and promote quality products from around the world that are rooted in culture, history and tradition and that are in danger of disappearing. We are proud to have these potatoes in our repertoire and are working with the Ark of Taste to have more of our varieties listed. To read more about this, see their page.
This project strives to draw attention to the products and the history behind them, inspiring people to take action to protect them.
Susceptible to potato cyst nematodes Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.