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Gordon Jones knows a thing or two about potatoes

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Within cooee

The Jones family has been growing potatoes in Warragul in West Gippsland for four generations. And if your family has been doing something for four generations, you're likely the inheritor of some accumulated knowledge and expertise. That likely also explains why Jones Potatoes has so many fans and why - if you're after a particular variety - you're best not leaving your visit to the market too late!

Jones Potatoes is at the foothills of the Strzelecki mountains and consists of free draining red to chocolate, clay loams with permanent streams running through most of the gullies. It's gorgeous country, thoughtfully managed, with bucolic views across undulating farmland. One part of the farm is certified organic; the rest managed to biological principles.

Jones produces a variety of delicious potatoes for farmer’s markets and small order retail as well as certified seed and processing potatoes.

Global trade is seeing food cultures evolve as tastes and growing locations change. While potatoes originate in the Andes and arrived in the New World with Columbus, by the early 1990s most of the world's potatoes were being grown in North America and Europe. Now China, India, Ukraine, Russia and the United States are the world's leading producers, with China and India between them growing a third of the world's crop.

In global food terms, you might think of "cooee" as roughly 100km. Melbourne is a very fortunate city to have so much diverse and delicious food produced within cooee. If cooee is important to you, find out who they are and support the farmers who farm and care for the landscapes within cooee of you.




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