One local potato producing company in the south of the Czech Republic is taking advantage of tourism to the area and developed and then installed a one-of-a-kind potato vending machine in the barn door on its property, reports Samantha Tatro for expats-cz.
The vending machine lets people insert coins and to buy fresh potatoes, according to Viktor Kopa?ka, the company’s director. The varieties of potatoes available at the vending machine will change over time, depending on what’s in season. Right now, the machine sells the Suzan variety of potatoes, and soon they will have Magda potatoes and also other varieties, according to what is harvested at the time on the farm.
“We are close to Velhartice Castle and breed different varieties of potatoes, which we also sell,” Kopa?ka told iDnes. “There are a lot of tourists going to the castle, so we see the chance to use it as a promotional opportunity for our varieties. We sell exclusively what we grow in our country.”
The potato vending machine doesn’t look like other vending machines, though. People can only buy two kilograms worth of potatoes at a time. When you come to the barn door, you can insert your money and the potatoes will be inserted into your bag through a metal pipe.
On the other side of the door, you will find a belt scale that will weigh out two pounds of potatoes and deliver them to the customer when the money is inserted.
Kopa?ka said they have made more than 60 sales a day since installing the vending machine. He believes it’s because people want Czech products and local food.
He hopes people come to taste their potatoes and find them delicious. Most potatoes available in stores are not, in fact, grown in Czech Republic.
The Velhartice company farms on 430 hectares of land near the Šumava region. Over the years, they have bred dozens of different varieties of potatoes.