Maria Flynn, from Ballymakenny, Co. Louth, is married to a potato farmer, but not satisfied with roosters or queens, Maria saw a niche in the market just waiting to be filled…heritage potatoes. Her first foray into growing began in 2015, with the Violetta variety, completely purple throughout. The deeper and richer the colour, the more nutritious the content of vegetables tends to be. The purple potato is rich in the antioxidant that is characteristic of deeply coloured blue or purple produce, called anthocyanin, also found in blueberries, is reputed to have immunity boosting properties.
Maria also produces other specialty and heritage varieties of vegetables, such as long stem broccoli and cauliflower.
Depending on the season, you can order Maria's beautiful produce, via her online shop or call by her SpudShack to pick some up in person.
You will also find Maria's produce in many top class restaurants throughout Ireland, so keep an eye out!