Maria Flynn at Ballymakenny Farm grows the marvellous heritage and specialty potato varieties that are marketed to so many high end restaurants in Ireland. From humble beginnings just a few years back, the heritage and specialty potatoes grown at Ballymakenny Farm are today some of the most sought-after potatoes by high-end chefs and restaurateurs in the Irish culinary industry and beyond.
And all of this started when Maria Flynn wanted to create a “happy place” to escape to on her farm while the operation experienced trying times a couple of years ago: “It was as if everything was going in the direction of a downward spiral. I had to create some kind of ‘feel good’ corner on the farm where I could go…” Maria’s “go-to-place” became the heritage potato patch that is now delivering these exquisite potato range which is becoming very famous in all of Ireland.
Her undeterred commitment, dedicated and hard work, and the honest passion that she devotes to her potato variety operation are paying off royally today, day after day. Talking with passion about the various coloured varieties that are produced on the farm, Maria stated: “Our flagship product, Violetta, will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a lovely, colourful, great tasting potato.”
Potatonewstoday.com reports on Maria saying the chefs in Ireland’s food industry influence what she will grow: “We try to grow produce that chefs would otherwise have to import.”