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TJ O’ Shea – Potato

TJ is a potato and carrot grower, based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. Find out more by taking a virtual video tour of the farm.

Me and my farm

I’m a fifth generation farmer in the Piltown area. Since the early 1830s, the O’Shea family have been farming the land in the South East.

We’re currently farming approximately 1800 acres, with potatoes and carrots being the main crops planted on the land. We’re blessed here in the Suir Valley; we are farming on clay loam soil which produces very high yields of very good quality crops. We have three main varieties of potato – Rooster which accounts for 75% of the market, white varieties which encompass three of four different types, Kerr’s Pink and Golden Wonder.

Potatoes are planted from mid-February and will continue until mid-April at set intervals. We start the harvesting process in mid-July and we harvest right through until the first of November. In the summertime, we can harvest potatoes in the morning, wash and process in the afternoon and have them dispatched that very same day. When the weather is nice, there is nowhere else I would rather be. I get great satisfaction in seeing the crops growing out in the fields and knowing, that I have an important role to play in delivering that produce to your plate.

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My Testimonial

Working with Total Produce is very important to us. Our partnership, allows us to focus on producing top quality produce that’s local. It is reassuring to have a reliable partner like them who are committed to supporting Irish growers.