by Conan Connolly, Transition Monaghan
A celebration and get together for the potato lovers and growers of South Monaghan will take place again this year in Carrickmacross. Now in its second year, we are running this event to promote awareness of the humble spud, the Transition movement and of course promoting GIY in a fun and friendly competitive way. The final will be on Saturday, 11 September in Carrickmacross.
This growing / tasting competition is open to all local schools community groups and individual growers. It’s a local competition, so contestants must have grown the spuds locally. No experience is required to grow potatoes. Check out this link for all you need to know and to see how easy it can be to grow and also care for your potato crop until harvesting time. See http://www.thegardenshop.ie/how-to-grow-potatoes.
There are loads more hints tips and tricks out there and other growers are only too keen to talk about spuds and hear ways to improve their flavour, texture and yield. Seamus McEnaney from Castleblayney last year’s champion.
To find out about the rules of the competition go to http://www.transitionmonaghan.org or Transition Monaghan’s Facebook page or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel Conan Connolly at 086 0641864
Pictured at the 2015 Spud Off were Conan Connolly (left) and Seamus McEnaney, who won 1st Prize.
Conan Connolly is the Co-ordinator of this year’s Spud Off competition