new potatoes
Maison Quemener

new potatoes

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Adopt 4m² of a potato field from "Maison Quemener" in Roscoff (France) and receive your new potatoes at home. Tiphaine will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time in case the preparation has not started yet.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt 4m² of a potato field from our farm in Roscoff (France) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are already in the process of converting and expect to be officially certified by 2023. The arrival of new potatoes marks the start of spring and the arrival of new flavours. We have chosen the Starlette and Rikéa varieties, which are native to France and particularly well adapted to our region, Brittany. The new or also called "early" potato has been a specialty of the North Brittany coast for many decades! This early variety is possible because of the proximity to the sea and the scarcity of winter frosts. This allows us to plant the tubers in the field during the months of February/March, and to harvest the new potatoes from late April to early July. These new potato varieties have a short cycle: harvesting takes place around 90 days after planting. To save time on the crop, we arrange the tubers in boxes in thin layers during the month of December so they can germinate before planting. As soon as the sprouts are strong enough and suitable weather presents itself, we will plant them in the field. In this regard, every precaution is taken not to break the precious sprouts that will produce the future shoots and tubers at their base. We then work on the crop to weed it out, which helps to aerate the soil and to avoid having too much vegetation competing with the crop. We then furrow the potatoes, which also makes it possible to remove the competing vegetation, and especially to favour the good growth of young tubers, protected from light. At last the time of harvest arrives. The potatoes are pulled out (taken out of the soil), and sorted and packaged manually. As you will have understood, this crop is far from the highly mechanised potato crops grown in the lowland areas. Throughout the cultivation, manual or some small mechanised interventions are carried out: Set up for germination, planting, harvesting, and packaging. But we are proud to be able to offer you this fine product, marking the arrival of beautiful days, which will disappear as soon as the heat of summer is upon us. The new potato differs from the table potato (harvested in summer/autumn, to be consumed until spring) in several aspects: we do not wait for the plant to be fully mature in order to harvest it. We do not aim for yield, but for a certain harvest stage. Each potato field produces an average of 4kg of new potatoes per season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: __4kg of new potatoes__ * Starlet (elongated oblong tuber) or Rikéa (slightly rounder): yellow flesh and skin, often smaller in size but with a much softer and sweeter taste than table potatoes; their skin is very thin, and they can be consumed without peeling * You will receive either of the two varieties * Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2021 * We advise you to cook them as naturally as possible, then sauté them in a cast-iron casserole dish or in a frying pan with a little water and fat until the tubers are well coloured * One kilo is about 15 to 20 new potatoes (the box you will receive will contain about 60 to 80 pieces, depending on their size) * We advise you to keep them away from light and in a cool and airy place; the potatoes can be kept for about 15 days (after that they will still be edible, but will begin to wither); the longer you wait to eat them, the thicker their skin will become

When will you receive it?

The new potato season will be in full swing in May and June. You will therefore receive your box during this period.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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