Covid-19 Update from The Potato Shop
With another national lockdown upon us this week we wanted to give everyone an update on our services. As a food producer we will remain open for the duration of this period as we did in March and continue to supply you with our produce as normal. We have plenty of potatoes and there is no need to panic buy!
Shop safely with us:
Honesty Stall: our Honesty Stall in Tenterden will continue to operate as normal with potatoes and firewood stocked outside. Contactless card payments can be taken during office hours (Monday - Saturday, 9am-3pm) and outside of these times envelopes are left by the door for you to place cash payment in and post through our letterbox. During office hours we can also give you access to other products in our range including Strong Stoneground Wholemeal Flour, Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and Wild Game.
Order Online: we offer a nationwide mail order service for all of our potato varieties, Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and Strong Stoneground Wholemeal Flour. Please see our website for more details about home delivery - www.thepotatoshop.com.
Local Deliveries: due to the nature of the current situation we are also offering a local home delivery service for more vulnerable members of our community. If you would like to order any of our products for yourself or a vulnerable family member or neighbour please get in touch by either calling us on 01580 766 866 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Although the weather at this time of year is more favourable for potato storage, and the potatoes are relatively fresh, we do not spray them with growth-inhibiting chemicals in store so they will want to grow. They will keep well in a cool, dark and dry place for a few weeks - please don't buy more than you can eat in this time.
Just a short note to let you know our plans for the lockdown month of November and the remainder of the season. For the purpose of this exercise we are assuming that things will return to ‘Tier 1 normal’ on Wednesday 2nd December. If the lockdown is extended further, then I guess we’ll lose the rest of the season…
We’re obviously going to lose the driven shoots on Saturdays in November, beginning tomorrow. To try to make up for this, we will run two midweek driven days on Wednesdays 2nd and 9th December.
If you have booked one or more pegs on any of the November driven days, please let me know by email whether you wish to book either of these new dates as a replacement.
If you have not booked any November pegs but wish to attend any of the new December shoots, please let me know also. I will give first refusal to guns who booked for November, but I know that many of our guns cannot get away from work midweek.
In the event of oversubscription, I will draw lots to allocate pegs and let individual guns know the outcome. These replacement days will be covered by the same risk-sharing arrangements that I have discussed previously, although of course they will only apply once to guns who book their replacement December driven shoots. After ten days or so, I will list any remaining pegs on www.gunsonpegs.com.
Obviously, I’m keen to keep some of the rough shooting going during November, and I’m relieved that the legislation does allow this. Please call me on 07802 609 661 for the detail. However, in a nutshell, we can offer rough shooting on two separate pieces of land to two teams of two guns – or more than two in the event that guns are all from the same household or the same support bubble, and have made a short journey to reach us.
I hope all this is clear, and I look forward to hearing from any of you who are affected by the driven shooting changes – or wish to try rough-shooting during November.
With best wishes,