I had been asked by well known supermarket to go over to Jersey to photograph a feature on the early season of Jersey Royal potatoes. For those not in the know. These are very special potatoes. They are trademarked and domain protected. Meaning they can only be grown on the Island of Jersey. They are a premium crop and are sold at a much higher price than the more common varieties of spuds. The advantage is they are very early cropping and have a lovely nutty taste. Disadvantages are they are a high labour crop, grown on very steep slopes (to aid drainage) all hand planted and hand picked too. Also due to their flaky skin their shelf life is not long.
The season is from late Feb to mid Summer it keeps the small island of Jersey very busy. Our team arrived early this week to snow on the ground, very cold winds and all the plants covered by fleece to protect them from the frost. And more importantly to no potatoes! They would not be ready for a few weeks. So despite the fact that we cold not document a harvest we still managed to get a great set of pictures. The weather picked up, the scenery was amazing and there was still a lot of activity in the fields. Luckily my client was aware of the fact that there would be no harvest. So every one is happy. I loved Jersey as an Island. A strange mixture of Cornwall and Northern France but seemed to work really well. Would love to go back when the harvest is in full swing.