History of the humble spud

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History of the humble spud

Below is an historical visual timeline of the life line of the Potato.

8,000 BC to 5,000 BC

8,000 BC to 5,000 BC

The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C. The potato, from the perennial Solanum tuberosum, is the world’s fourth largest food crop behind rice, wheat and maize.

2013

2013

The company is growing and builds a State-of-the-Art packing facility.

1536

1536

In 1536 Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru discovered the flavours of the potato and carried them back to Europe

1589

1589

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), explorer and historian following his expeditions to the Americas, first introduced potatoes to Ireland and planted them at his estate at Myrtle Grove, Youghal, near Cork. It took nearly four decades for the potato to spread to the rest of Europe.

1845-1849

1845-1849

Major outbreak of potato blight, swept through Europe, wiping out the potato crop in many countries. Ireland is particularly badly hit as the main affordable staple food disappears. The Great Famine, also referred to as The Great Hunger, left many families with no choice but to struggle to survive or emigrate. Over the course of…

1897-1898

1897-1898

During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold and were also valued for their vitamin C. Incidentally gold, at that time, was more abundant than nutritious foods!

1950's

1950’s

Stafford family start growing potatoes for local shops and green grocers.

1988

1988

Championing progression and smart farming techniques, a new generation leads the family business forward into expending its potatoes growing capabilities.

1995

1995

In October 1995, NASA decided to cultivate potatoes and where you might ask? Well in Space, of course. The humble potato had the honour of being the first vegetable to be grown in space.

1996

1996

John Stafford commences packing potatoes on the family farm near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, delivering the Slaney Farms brand to local shops and supermarkets.

2001

2001

The company expands with the building of two new potato storage facilities.

2006

2006

Slaney Farms build new administrative building and packaging store.

2008

2008

United Nations International Year of the Potato.

2009

2009

Hi-tech refrigeration units are commissioned to allow Slaney Farms supply year-round to our customers.

2017

2017

Slaney Farms becomes a verified member of the An Bord Bia’s national sustainability Origin Green family.

Today

Today

Slaney Farms continue their passion for growing quality potatoes offering customers the very best locally grown varieties from our sustainably managed farm.