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Irish specialty potato producer fights coronavirus with new contactless drive-through spud shack

A purple potato producer who saw her niche business flatline overnight has started a contactless drive-through spud shack.

Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm, outside Drogheda, Co Louth was supplying many top restaurants and bars across the country with heritage potatoes when Covid-19 virtually closed the hospitality industry overnight.

Rather than being left with 15 acres of rotting potatoes, she decided to set up a drive-through spud shack on her farm, outside Drogheda, Co Louth, which is receiving a huge response.

The six varieties of heritage potatoes including Violetta, Rag Emmalie, Pink Fir Apple and Mayan Gold – had been a huge hit with many top Irish chefs including John Coffey and JP McMahon.

“The business literally flatlined overnight so I decided to convert a shed and convert it to a drive-through spud shack.

“I didn’t expect that much interest from members of the public but I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’m receiving. They’re loving the potatoes and they are intent on helping local businesses as much as they can through this time. Most people opt for a mixed bag of potatoes so they can try out all the varieties. I literally stand in the shed, gloved-up and they pull up in the car and talk to me through the window. I pack the potatoes in paper bags and then pop them in the boot for them.

Report by the Irish Mirror here
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