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Potatoes – serious fun and serious growing

 I came to the fifth house. The group who welcomes me has already been to four houses.

 At each home, the owner of the potato plant patch is observed by the group as he or she chooses two potato plants to be in the competition and then selects a third to be a reserve. Everyone watches the owner as each plant is dug and the potatoes are picked up from the soil. The potatoes are very carefully counted and placed in a bag. One bag for the first plant’s potatoes and one for the second plant’s potatoes. Then there is the third bag for the reserve plant’s potatoes in case there is a tie in points.

 This takes place at every house including the final house. Now everyone’s yield is weighed and counted and the heaviest potato is decided by careful weighing of the candidates.

 The winner is a combination of the grower whose plants yielded the most potatoes; the heaviest potato, * the total weight of the yield of the two plants. John McQuillan was the winner but only by two points ahead of Paul Simpson and that was after they used the reserve bag of potatoes.

Everyone’s plants come from the same potato seedlings so “the difference is all in the singing and talking to the plants,” says John with a twinkle in his eye. 

This competition has gathered the team for the last 32 years. A couple of members were overseas for this year’s competition, but they will be back!  What helps all of this weighty counting is a few beers!

The heaviest potato weighed 11.5 ozs. The two winning plants yielded 52 spuds.     

 

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 I came to the fifth house. The group who welcomes me has already been to four houses.

 At each home, the owner of the potato plant patch is observed by the group as he or she chooses two potato plants to be in the competition and then selects a third to be a reserve. Everyone watches the owner as each plant is dug and the potatoes are picked up from the soil. The potatoes are very carefully counted and placed in a bag. One bag for the first plant’s potatoes and one for the second plant’s potatoes. Then there is the third bag for the reserve plant’s potatoes in case there is a tie in points.

 This takes place at every house including the final house. Now everyone’s yield is weighed and counted and the heaviest potato is decided by careful weighing of the candidates.

 The winner is a combination of the grower whose plants yielded the most potatoes; the heaviest potato, * the total weight of the yield of the two plants. John McQuillan was the winner but only by two points ahead of Paul Simpson and that was after they used the reserve bag of potatoes.

Everyone’s plants come from the same potato seedlings so “the difference is all in the singing and talking to the plants,” says John with a twinkle in his eye. 

This competition has gathered the team for the last 32 years. A couple of members were overseas for this year’s competition, but they will be back!  What helps all of this weighty counting is a few beers!

The heaviest potato weighed 11.5 ozs. The two winning plants yielded 52 spuds.