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THE BOYNE VALLEY FOOD SERIES COMES TO MEADE POTATO CO.

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE SPUD: Meade Potato Co. opens its doors to celebrate National Potato Day

 

In advance of National Potato Day on Friday, October 6, Meade Potato Company has opened its doors with “Behind the Scenes with the Spud” tours to encourage people to appreciate the potato, its versatility and the excellent nutritional benefits it offers. 

 

On Thursday, September 28, Meade Potato Company welcomed the 5th and 6th class students of Heronstown N.S. and Newtown N.S. for a field to fork tour of their farm and food production facility.  Farm Manager Conor O’Malley brought them into a field of Rooster potatoes where he explained the fundamentals of growing.  They then followed the journey of the spud as it enters the packhouse and is bagged in preparation for dispatch to their customers.  A quiz by the Meade QA Manager on the different varieties revealed that there were many spud lovers in the audience who knew their stuff when it comes to spuds.  A trip to the Meade Prepared Foods Division also allowed them to witness the journey of those spuds that get peeled and sent on to foodservice and catering customers.  The children were able to witness starch being extracted from the potato peelings for sale onwards to food ingredient and clothing companies.  They learned how these complementary businesses help ensure as much of the potato as possible is used with a view towards maximum sustainability.

Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown listen to the fundamentals of potato growing as explained by Meade Potato Company Farm Manager Conor O’Malley in advance of National Potato Day.

Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown get a behind the scenes look at the journey of the potato from field to fork.  The company invited the schools down to celebrate the spud in advance of National Potato Day which is on Friday, October 6.

 

 

 

Students heard about the many ways the company aims to be as green as possible.  From its zero food waste status to its new water filtration system to its widespread use of skylights and work with community foodbanks, Meade Potato Co. showed examples of how they have tried to manage their resources efficiently.  “I was really impressed by how tuned into being green the children were.  It’s great to see that awareness at a young age; hopefully this will carry through all their lives,” observed Jeni Meade who conducted the tour.

 

After a brief tour of the Fruit and Vegetable Division, the students heard about the many nutritional benefits of the potato and got a well-deserved meal and goody bag of fruit, veg and potatoes to bring home.  “Our aim was to ensure the children appreciated how good for you potatoes are – more fibre than two slices of brown bread, more potassium than a banana and loads of Vitamin C, B1 and B6.  With any luck, they will demand potatoes at every meal from now on!” said Eleanor Meade on the day.

 Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown enjoyed a day out of the classroom at Meade Potato Company’s farm, celebrating the spud in advance of National Potato Day.  They learned about its history, sustainability, nutrition and versatility as a part of the Irish diet.

 

 

 

 

Combining efforts to promote National Potato Day and celebrate the bountiful food of the Boyne Valley, the company also hosted a Boyne Valley Food Series event in honour of the spud on Friday, September 29.  With an array of foodies from near and far, the guests went behind the scenes with the spud from the field to the fork.  Sustainability and nutrition were covered during the tour, which ended with a feast celebrating the spud.  Using the produce of fellow Boyne Valley food producers was an important part of the meal experience; guests enjoyed artisan sausages from the Whole Hogg based in Slane, carrots freshly harvested from the Meade fields and apple juice from Stameen Farm (with some sampling of their Dan Kelly’s Cider for the non-drivers!). But the star of the show was the spud, which went global for the meal.  Showcasing the versatility of the spud is a main aim of National Potato Day so the spud was offered here in traditional ways of mashed, chipped and champ, as well as Swedish Hasselback potatoes, French Dauphinois and Indian curried potatoes.  “It was brilliant to see the spud used in so many dishes; it really is such a versatile and nutritional food.  We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the tour,” said visitor Gerry Farrell.

 Foodie tourists from the Behind the Scenes with the Spud tour pose before going in for their meal to celebrate the spud. Meade Potato Company hosted the group as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series and to raise awareness of the potato in advance of National Potato Day

 

 

 

Rounding out celebrations was a Dig Your Dinner Day at the Heronstown National School where allt he students went out to the school garden and dug up the rooster potatoes they had planted earlier in the year.  Fresh spuds were enjoyed all around Lobinstown on National Potato Day - goal achieved!

National Potato Day is a nationwide effort of potato growers in association with Bord Bia to publicise the many health benefits of the potato and its versatility as an important part of the Irish diet.

 

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Posted on Thursday, 2 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade

Celebrating the Potato at Meades 2017

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It's National Potato Day and we've been celebrating the humble spud a lot lately.  See some of our celebrations in the link below!

 

Click here to see our potato celebrations!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Friday, 6 October 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade

BEHIND THE SCENE WITH THE SPUD on 29th Sept

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NAME OF EVENT

Behind the Scenes: Celebrating the Spud @Meade Potato Co. Farm

DATE OF EVENT

Fri. 29th September, 2017

PLACE OF EVENT

Meade Potato Co. Farm

TIME OF EVENT

2pm

PRICE OF TICKETS

€10 Children go free

HOW DO I BOOK

To book:  www.meadepotato.com/Event-Booking

Phone: 046 9053198

Email: info@meadepotato.com

Web: meadepotato.com

Facebook: Meade Potato Company

Twitter: @MeadePotatoCom

Take a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of the humble spud at Meade Potato Co.’s farm in the heart of Ireland’s potato growing region.   Follow the spud’s journey from the field to the pack house; you’ll learn what makes an ‘A’ grade spud, how it is packed, as well as enlightening facts on potato varieties, environmentally responsible potato production and other fun facts.   To cap off this celebration of all things spud, enjoy a Bangers & Mash Goes Global dinner here at the farm featuring deluxe local sausages from the Whole Hogg and the star of the show, the spud, in all its worldwide guises.  From Irish colcannon and potato cakes to the French potatoes Dauphinoise to Swedish Hasselback to Indian curried potatoes, we'll dress up the spud to showcase its amazing versatility and why it has earned its place as a staple of the Irish dinner plate.

 

Please note the correct admission price for this tour is €10.

 

    

 

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Posted on Friday, 25 August 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade

FAMILY FUN DAY AND HOEDOWN PROMISE GOOD OLD FASHION FUN ON AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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GOOD OLD FASHION FUN IN LOBINSTOWN - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND -  ON AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

After a successful Family Fun Day debut last year and two years of boot stomping music & craic at the Hoedown in Lobinstown, both events return to the Meade Potato Company farm and food production facility in Lobinstown, Co. Meath on Sat. 5th Aug. and Sun. 6th Aug. for a farm festival weekend not to be missed.  All this good old fashioned fun is in aid of the local schools Heronstown N.S. and Newtown N.S. (Family Fun Day) and the local GAA (Hoedown in Lobinstown). 

 

Family Fun Day on the Farm

On Saturday 5th Aug. from noon to 3pm, children can dance to country tunes, enter the mini tractor grand prix, take a pony ride, have a bounce on a selection of bouncy castles, get their faces painted, enjoy the farm animals, kick hot shots and take a tour of the farm and food production facility to learn more about the farm to fork journey of fresh produce.

 

Admission is €5 per child and includes all of the above activities, and free entries into a draw to win an annual family membership pass for Tayto Park.  A BBQ stand and ice cream van will also offer families great value to make this a fun day that’s easy on the pocket but high in the fun stakes for all the family.  The car park opens at 11:30am so get there early is the advice to ensure you enjoy every minute of the farm fun that’s on offer this bank holiday weekend.

 

Hoedown in Lobinstown

Adults are catered for the following night starting from 8pm at the Hoedown in Lobinstown which will feature music by the Texas Wildcats with special guest star Eugene Donegan – Pilgrim St. and Paddy McGarry.  The Meade potato store will be transformed into a bona fide barn dance venue complete with a saloon offering happy hour specials and good value all night.  There will be prizes for the Best Dressed Cowgirl and Best Dressed Cowboy as well as a jiving competition for those twinkle toes that fancy their chances.  A night not to be missed for all ages over 18.

 

Admission of €25 includes great music and a pig roast BBQ by Callaghan Butchers Ardee.  Tickets for the Hoedown are available at Lobinstown Post Office, Kevin Flanagan Butchers, Watters Pub Collon, Lobinstown Inn, The Sally Pub Rathkenny, Donoghue's Pub Woodtown, Meade Potato Company, PS Supplies Lobinstown, Callaghans Butchers Ardee and all  Syddan GFC and Dee Rangers LGFA players and committee members.   

 

“Based on the huge amount of positive feedback and fun we had facilitating both events last year, it will be a Bank Holiday weekend not to be missed here on our farm in Lobinstown,” states Eleanor Meade of Meade Potato Company.

 

Both events have ample parking available and will take place rain, hail or shine!  For more information, please see facebook: Meade Potato Company or Hoedown in Lobinstown for more updates.   

The Family Fun Day on the Farm, held from 12-3pm on Sat. 5th Aug. at the Meade Potato Company Farm in Lobinstown, Co. Meath offers a variety of activities for children including a Mini Tractor Grand Prix.  Admission €5 includes all activities as well as a raffle ticket for an Annual Family Membership to Tayto Park.  All proceeds go to benefit local schools.

Starting at 8pm on Sun 6th Aug at the Meade Potato Company Farm in Lobinstown, Co. Meath, the Hoedown in Lobinstown welcomes Eugene Donegan-Pilgrim St. and Paddy McGarry as Special Guests and will feature the Texas Wildcats.  Last year’s packed event transformed a potato store into a boot stompin’ Texas honky tonk.  Admission €25 includes BBQ dinner.   

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Posted on Monday, 24 July 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade

FAMILY FUN DAY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS AT MEADE POTATO CO.

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Family Fun Day at the Farm

 

Making full use of the Meade Potato Company store which is being transformed for the Hoedown in Lobinstown that night, local parents committees have organised a fundraiser to be held prior to the Hoedown from 1-4pm on Saturday 20th August; activities include a mini tractor grand prix, free farm & factory tours of Meade Potato Company, a junior barn dance, face painting, a farm machinery display and a magic & puppet show suitable for all ages.  All of these are included in the admission price of €5 per person, with children going free and all proceeds going to fund local schools.  Also on offer on the day will be penalty shootouts, sponge throws and pony rides.  From racing around a custom built course on toy tractors to seeing the field to fork journey of the spud at the Meade Farm, to enjoying a magic and puppet show in the Hoedown barn, there are activities to cater for all ages and interests on the day.

 

 

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Posted on Friday, 5 August 2016  |  By Jeni-Meade

Meade Potato Company Nominated for two Green Awards

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WISH US LUCK! Tonight we are up for two prestigious awards at The Green Awards 2016 - Green Medium Sized Enterprise & Green Food and Drink Award. We'd love to get recognition for all we do to #GoGreen but it's the environment not the trophies that matter ...so, we're winners either way!

 

 

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Posted on Thursday, 14 April 2016  |  By Jeni-Meade  

New Year New Healthy You Nutribullet Competition

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Meade are running a New Year - New Healthy You Nutribullet Competition to help you kick start a healthy new year.  Win a Nutribullet to help you add lots of fruit, veg and fibre into your diet by making delicious, tasty smoothies.

To enter, simply go to our Competitions page on this website under News & Events.

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Posted on Thursday, 31 December 2015  |  By Jeni-Meade

Meade Potato Co. heads to Berlin for Fruit Logistica

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Meade Potato Co. will head to Berlin from Feb. 2-4 to participate in Europe's largest fruit and veg trade fair, Fruit Logistica.  The annual trade fair gives us an opportunity to stay abreast of all the cutting edge developments in the fruit and vegetable trade, and to meet with potential customers, importers and exporters.  We are in Hall 10.2, Stand A-10 if you would like to visit us!

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 30 December 2015  |  By Jeni-Meade

MEADE POTATO COMPANY TO HAVE A STAND AT THE FESTIVE TASTE OF BOYNE VALLEY FAIR

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On 28th and 29th Nov. Meade Potato Company will join 40 other artisan food, drink and craft producers at Kilsharvan House, Bellewstown to ring in the holiday season at the Festive Taste of Boyne Valley. 11-5pm. €5 per car to enter.

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Posted on Friday, 20 November 2015  |  By Jeni-Meade

Meade Potato Co. celebrates National Potato Day!

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Meade Potato Co. is celebrating the spud for National Potato Day on Friday 2nd Oct by doing a series of hamper giveaways on LMFM and an airfryer giveaway through our facebook page.  Up the Spud!

 

A potato, fruit and veg hamper will be given away every day in the week leading up to National Potato Day 2nd October on the Breakfast show on LMFM with Seamus and Christy.  Tune in from 7-9am to find out why the potato is one of the best nutritional choices you can make and answer a simple question about why the spud is a staple of the Irish diet in order to be in with a chance to win.

 

Get that airfryer you've always wanted in our National Potato Day airfryer giveaway.  Simply Like our facebook page, tag your friends/family who love their spuds the most and Share the love to be in with a chance to win an airfryer this Friday!  Competition closes on Friday at 4pm.  Winner announced on Friday at 4:30pm.

 

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Posted on Tuesday, 29 September 2015  |  By Jeni-Meade

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