To mar­ket, to mar­ket

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

HE­LEN BILLING asks what has hap­pened to those won­der­ful Jersey pota­toes that were a meal in them­selves (June 27). I re­mem­ber hol­i­days with my par­ents as a small boy in Wey­mouth, watch­ing the un­load­ing of those scrump­tious pota­toes that were head­ing to all parts of the UK, in­clud­ing Birm­ing­ham Whole­sale Fruit and Veg­etable Mar­ket, where I later spent 40 years sell­ing them, along with de­li­cious Jersey to­ma­toes. The pota­toes ar­rived to be­gin with in wicker tubs marked ‘mids’, to be fol­lowed by a larger grown spud marked ‘ware’. I sold these to the now ex­tinct green­gro­cer (re­mem­ber them?) in the days when we had sea­sonal fruit and veg­eta­bles. Now, pro­duce comes in plas­tic bags or con­tain­ers and that sense of rub­bing the skin with the thumb and feel­ing soil has sadly gone. This is mak­ing my mouth wa­ter—pass the mint sauce, please. Nor­man Stevens, War­wick­shire

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