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Meade Potato Company is delighted to support the local schools (Newtown NS and Heronstown NS) and the local football club (Syddan GFC) by sponsoring a Family Farm Fun Day as well as the 2nd Annual Hoedown in Lobinstown, both on Saturday 20th August. The Family Farm Fun Day is a new event taking place from 1-4pm which will include a junior disco, farm and factory tours, tractor exhibition, face painting, toy tractor grand prix and fresh cut chips for the price of admission, with penalty shoot outs, pony rides, sponge throws and burgers also on offer for a minimal fee.
The Hoedown in Lobinstown returns after a successful debut last year, this time featuring the Texas Wildcats who are sure to bring the barn down with their brand of foot stompin country music. With a jiving contest by all the local Strictly Come Dancing winners, special happy hour prices and a delicious barbecue all included for the price of admission €25, as well as a buckaroo and other competitions on offer, the night promises to be great shindig!
Tickets for the Hoeown are available at local shops and admission for the Family Fun Day is on the day.
Suicide and mental healthy issues have affected everyone and the work of cycle Against suicide and so Sad to raise awareness and promote counselling services has been brilliant. Hopefully everyone now knows that it is OK not to feel OK. We were happy to support the national Cycle Against Suicide two weeks ago as it launched in Navan and stopped for lunch in Simonstown GAA. With 600 cyclists and Pilgrim St. performing for all supporters, it was a a great gathering to promote the cause.
We are also supporting the Cycle Against Suicide by the local Slane So Sad branch by providing fresh produce. This can be either an 85km or 45km cycle and will start and finish in Slane but take in areas from Collon to Clogherhead, from Ardee to Nobber. Cost is 20 with all proceeds going to So Sad for suicide prevention services.
Our Employees of the Month were announced last week, and once again it was a tough call with so many good candidates. In the Fruit division, Mihaela Tiganescu (top with James, Herbie and Ronan) won for her attention to detail and her dedication to the job. In the Vegetable Division, Natalija Strugata (left with Peter and Mark) has proven adaptability and efficiency on different vegetable lines. In the Potato Division, Bianca Popescu (right with Tommy) has a brilliant attitude towards any tasks sent her way.
Our Farm Manager Conor O'Malley can be seen early in the mornings heading off to begin another day's planting of our carrots and potatoes for harvesting in July and September. It's a busy time of the year for him and the team of growers, especially given the increasingly unpredictable weather of late. While some of our fields are a short journey for him located as they are here at the farm and food production facility, others require a bit of a journey around Meath and Louth. Below are some pictures taken in the first round of planting in Termonfeckin, Clogherhead, Togher and here at the Meade Farm.
We are trying some new sustainability initiatives on our farm this year such as using more organic pesticides and fertilisers. Conor has trialled these already and found them to be both sustainable and effective. As part of the Origin Green programme, we are committed to seeking to manage our resources efficiently with a view to preserving the environment for future generations.
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!
For the sixth year running Meade Potato Co. are proud sponsors of the Meath Intermediate Football Championships. Fulfilling our twin goals of supporting our local communities and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, this sponsorship is a mainstay of the Meade sponsorship programme. Bringing together 18 teams from around the county starting in April and ending in October, the championship offers players, clubs, supporters and communities from Meath a chance to come together for sport and craic over the summer months. The Meath GAA clubs that participate in this championship are vital to their communities in encouraging a healthy lifestyle based on regular exercise, healthy living and nutritious eating.
Pictured below are the winners of the 2015 Intermediate Championships, Ratoath GFC.
We wish the best of luck to all those involved in the Championships, especially our local club Syddan GFC, pictured below in 2015.
Congrats to all the runners who participated in the Bohermeen AC Spring Half Marathon and 10K - we hope you enjoyed our Clementines at the finish and were able to re-fuel with one of our Rooster baker potatoes later. Along with Bord Bia - Irish Food Board, the Irish Farmers' Association and our fellow potato merchants, we are converting runners away from processed pasta back to the all natural potato as the food of choice for runners!
Spring Has Sprung for Our Seaside Spuds: Eleanor Meade, Aidan Kirwan, Robert Devlin, Conor O'Malley, and Owen Kirwan look over the planting of our new Season Queens in Clogherhead, Co. Louth. These should hit the shops in end of June/early July - can't wait!
Meade Potato Co. joined with grower Darragh McCullough to ensure that Irish Cancer Society volunteers did not go without their daffodils on Daffodil Day. McCullough gave his daffodils to the Society at cost price while Meade Potato Co., along with our partners Matthews Transport, distributed them free of charge at locations around Ireland. With approx 80 volunteers spread out over Ireland and orders for approx 30,000 bunches, we were flat out in the run up to Daffodil Day. We were happy to help such a worthy cause and the emails and letters of thanks from the brilliant network of volunteers around the country were much appreciated. We were delighted to help the volunteers get their fresh daffodils that have always been at the root of fundraising efforts on Daffodil Day.
Fighting incorrect myths of being fattening, as well as the multitude of overly-processed readymeals, the potato needs to reclaim the pride of place on the Irish dinner plate. MPC are working hard with our fellow potato producers and Bord Bia to increase potato consumption and show Irish consumers why the potato is so versatile and should remain a mainstay of the Irish diet.
One weapon in our arsenal is the newly launched potato.ie website which has an abundance of recipes all designed to show that potatoes are more than a bit on the side, they can be integrated into the main dish of your meal. From Mexico to Russia and all around the globe, there are a wealth of great recipes new and old that make use of the nutritious and delicious potato. Add to that all the new recipes we have developed that incorporate the latest health trends and the question is when and not if you should grab that bag of spuds and get cooking!
Enjoy the recipes on these pages, and make sure you also look up www.potato.ie to get even more great ways to make potatoes more than a bit on the side!