Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm, outside Drogheda, was supplying many top restaurants and bars across the country with heritage potatoes when Covid-19 virtually closed the hospitality industry overnight. Then, when she saw her niche business flatline overnight, she started a contactless drive-through spud shack.
Rather than being left with 15 acres of rotting potatoes, she decided to set up a drive-through spud shack on her farm, outside Drogheda, Co Louth, which is receiving a huge response. The six varieties of heritage potatoes including Violetta, Rag Emmalie, Pink Fir Apple and Mayan Gold - had been a huge hit with many top Irish chefs including John Coffey and JP McMahon.
“The business literally flatlined overnight so I decided to convert a shed and convert to a drive-through spud shack. I didn’t expect that much interest from members of the public but I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’m receiving. They’re loving the potatoes and they are intent on helping local businesses as much as they can through this time. Most people opt for a mixed bag of potatoes so they can try out all the varieties.”