There is nothing as magical as digging up what looks like a fairly unexciting plant to find a treasure of real life potatoes in the earth beneath. Connecting our children to the earth and helping them understand that the earth is where food comes from is really important especially in this season of harvesting.
If you don’t have room for your own potatoes patch in your St Albans or Harpenden garden, or are still on the waiting list for an allotment Willows Activity Farm come to the rescue. Through September Willows Activity Farm on Coursers Road, Colney Heath, St Albans, AL4 0PF is running its Willows Potato Shindig
This means that the Willows Potato Patch is open to all. Your young people with their spades at the ready can dig up and harvest their very own Picasso potatoes. At the end of the digging every child gets a bag-full of potatoes to take home. They also offer a set of delicious recipes to experiment with at home. Getting the kids involved with cooking can be just as important a life lesson as discovering potatoes grow in the ground.
After a bit of digging children of all ages can then get creative with the aptly named Picasso potato. There is also an art session using potatoes in which they can create their own messy masterpieces using potato prints. After all that potato digging and making there is still plenty to do and explore at Willows Activity Farm beyond the humble spud.