The Jones family has been growing potatoes in Warragul in West Gippsland for four generations. The property is at the foothills of the Strzelecki mountains and consists of free draining red to chocolate clay loams with permanent streams running through most gullies. The farm produces a variety of potatoes for farmer’s markets and small order retail as well as certified seed and processing potatoes.
Over the last 20 years we have moved away from the conventional farming practice of relying on synthetic inputs, focusing on more sustainable, traditional methods including weed control by cultivation. We off a variety of potatoes that are grown on a certified organic section of our farm.
The balance of the farm is managed according to biological principles. This means we work with the natural defenses already in place in the soil to control pests and diseases. We have full HACCP accreditation. Whilst there is some seasonal variation, most of our varieties are available from late December through to early September.
The variety Nicola has proven to be very reliable and saleable and buyers can expect a high quality roasting potato which is able to perform just as well in a potato salad. It is also a very low GI variety, compared to most others. Further details of varieties are listed below.