Provenance Potatoes

About Provenance Potatoes

Provenance Potatoes grow and pack in the heart of Kent’s finest potato growing area. Provenance LOVE local and as their name suggests, know exactly who grows every potato they sell, what field they grew them in and even the seed they originated from. They oversee the washing, grading, packing and delivery of all their potatoes to ensure they reach us in exactly the way their farmers would want them to.

Kent has a rich agricultural heritage and enjoys some of the most fertile, productive fields and orchards in the country. Maintaining and enhancing this fertility is fundamental to their business and the aim is always to improve the health of the soil and its structure. This is done in a number of ways:

  • Cover cropping – replenishes soils with extra nutrients and protection.
  • Reduced cultivation which leads to less carbon loss to the atmosphere and is beneficial to earthworm populations.
  • Use of compost and/or farmyard manure to increase soil organic matter.

The local producers are the best in the business and all have Red Tractor accreditation, two are even LEAF accredited.
Provenance source their own seed for their farmers, meaning they know the provenance of all their potatoes from seed to plate.

Caring for the Environment
Provenance and their grower group have always been aware of the environmental and social impact their businesses have on the natural landscape and local community. They have continuously looked to reduce their collective carbon footprint, care for the land their potatoes are grown on and considered the economic impact the packing and growing has on local jobs and rural wealth creation.

 

Flora and Fauna
Some of the potato production is located near watercourses and wetlands which their farmers help to protect and maintain. Near the Stodmarsh Nature reserve and Preston Marshes, ditches and reed beds are being restored rather than just maintained which has resulted in evidence of beavers, otters, water voles, and the discovery of Shining Ramshorn snails which is very exciting! Reed beds are important for birds such as Bitten, Herons, Grey Lag, Canada geese, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe, Field Fare, Red Caps, Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Warblers. Special care is taken to preserve grass buffer strips, and field margins which provide nectar sources and winter bird food. They are also actively planting wildflower mixes in the field margins to encourage biodiversity.

Carbon Footprint
As part of the collective drive to reduce their Carbon Footprint, Provenance have been using the Cool Farm Tool to help their growers and themselves understand how positive steps can be taken to minimise the environmental impact. The Cool Farm Tool is an online greenhouse gas, water, and biodiversity calculator for farmers.

 

Food Waste
Food waste throughout the supply chain is a huge drain on resources. Therefore, to reduce this impact, Provenance operates a whole crop marketing strategy. They find markets for all sizes, shapes and skin finishes in order to increase saleable yield and reduce wasted inputs and crop and any tubers inedible for human consumption are returned to a grower for his cattle herd.

Some of the most fertile, productive fields and orchards in the country

Tracy Bush

Potato Range

Maris Peer Baby Potatoes
Have a firm texture when cooked. Perfect for boiling, steaming or roasting.

Desiree (Large and Mids)
Perfect for baking, mashing, wedges, chipping or boiling. Mids are perfect for curries as they retain their shape during cooking.

King Edwards
Floury, with a fluffy texture when cooked. Creamy coloured skin with red blushes. Great for roasts and lovely baked.

Chipping
The best varieties to give the best fry colour and ensure the finest of chips!