The annual Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal potato growing competition, sponsored by Homefields, held its weigh-in held at Grouville Parish Hall, the last in a week-long series of potato weigh-ins.
In what has been one of the driest seasons for some time, results were mixed with the first ever bucket recording no potatoes at all!
Starting in late January, schools, media, the Women’s Institute, Constables and this year, for the first time, Occupation VIPs from each parish, have been nurturing their seed potatoes provided by the Le Maistre family of Master Farms, in a bid for potato growing glory.
John Garton, chief executive officer of Genuine Jersey, said: ‘It’s been a busy week, visiting not only the Women’s Institute but also every parish in the Island to meet with the Occupation VIPs to find out the winner from each parish. Bringing everyone together this morning to see the results of the Constables and media participants’ efforts always brings a new energy to the competition as we get to see first-hand the joy that everyone has found in growing their potatoes. The Jersey Royal really is the star of the show!’
In the school’s competition, which involved all of the Island’s primary schools, St John Year 3c won the heaviest crop award, 1,177gms. Year three at Grouville School Primary won the schools’ most tubers competition with 45.
The Constable of St Lawrence’s bucket yielded the greatest weight at 1,465.5g whilst St Martin grew the greatest number of tubers at 34.
In the media competition, Sophie Dulson at Channel ITV won both the heaviest crop award with her 635.6g and the most tubers, yielding 33 potatoes.
None of the results compared to the efforts of the Women’s Institute which was won by Phyliss Gouédart of Le Hocq with 41 tubers at a weight of 1,877.7gms.
With support from their sponsor, Homefields, the Genuine Jersey Products Association is set to bring bite sized buckets of Jersey farming to the attention of Islanders once again, for the competition’s 17th year in January 2023.
John said: “It was fantastic to add in the Occupation VIPs to this year’s competition, further increasing the number of people getting involved in the competition, we can’t wait to see where it goes next year. Jersey farming and the Jersey Royal are quintessential to Island life and the potato growing competition remains a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this.’
WINNER – St Lawrence – Veronica Roffrey greatest yield 56 (992g)
St Martin – Robin Perchard heaviest weight 1,654.8g (no 21)
Class growing the heaviest weight of tubers in one bucket:
WINNER – St John Year 3c – 1,177g
School with the highest average number of tubers per bucket:
WINNER – Grouville Year 3 – 45 tubers
WINNER – St Lawrence – greatest weight 1,465.5g
St Martin – highest number of tubers 34
WINNER – Yield and weight Sophie Dulson ITV – 635.6g and 33 tubers
WINNER – Phyllis Gouédart of Le Hocq 41 tubers weighing 1,877.7g.