A local fourth-generation farmer has diversified his business to help promote the Shop Local campaign in and around Bury St Edmunds.
Charles Long, (pictured above) whose family has farmed at Fornham St Martin for more than 100 years, launched Suffolk Potatoes to provide “field to fork” potatoes and onions to local dinner tables.
He revealed that Covid-19 – and the subsequent change to people’s shopping habits – had spurred him to diversify during the pandemic.
He said: “The Suffolk Potatoes brand is something we are very proud of and I felt now was a great time to offer a new service to our local community, which is something we as a family and farm feel is very important.
“We are offering quality potatoes and onions grown locally at a great price. In addition, we wanted to offer free delivery in and around Bury St Edmunds before Christmas as I felt this was a service that would benefit many at this time, with so many vulnerable people unable to leave their homes.”
Charles joined the family business at Hall Farm in 2005 and he said the team behind Suffolk Potatoes is hugely passionate about farming.
“I wanted to offer people a choice and also something that is grown locally,” Charles added.
“I am very proud of the Hall Farm heritage and it comes with trust and a great reputation.
“We believe that everyone should have easy and affordable access to local produce grown on the fields surrounding their homes.
“There’s never been a more important time to ‘shop local’ – which has thankfully been embraced across lots of different sectors. We want to do all we can to help promote and support our local community.”
Suffolk Potatoes sells potatoes in 7.5kg and 25kg bags and onions in 5kg and 12.5kg nets with free pre-Christmas delivery, before Sunday, December 20, to any home or business within a 10-mile radius of Bury St Edmunds. Varieties grown include Marfona, Estima, Maris Piper and Nectar.
To find out more or to order products go to https://www.suffolk-potatoes.co.uk/