29 Nov Where to buy West Aussie Potatoes – By Amanda Carlin
This article was written by Amanda Carlin from Simply Perthfect
Whether you love to devour a bowl of home-made chips straight out of the air fryer, or feel peckish for a side of creamy mash, here’s the roundup of the best places to find perfect potatoes for whatever dish you’re cooking up. Don’t be a couch potato! Here’s the dirt on where to buy the freshest local potatoes in Western Australia:
The Big Supermarkets
Great news! Even the huge national supermarket chains – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi stock West Australian grown potatoes. If you’re not sure, always look out for the green “Buy West Eat Best” symbol. Some potato growers boast a paddock to retail outlet time of less than 12 hours – ensuring the product is super fresh. The supermarkets stock potatoes from farms in Dandaragan, Binningup, Pemberton, Baldivis, Busselton and Gingin to guarantee a year-round supply of fresh produce.
Independent and Specialty Grocers
The smaller, independently owned grocers and boutique supermarkets are likely to have a close relationship with the growers of locally grown potatoes. Farmer Jacks, IGA’s and boutique outlets, like the Good Grocer, Gilberts, Herdsman Market and Boatshed Market always pride themselves on having the freshest seasonal produce available.
Spudshed is known for selling cheap, bulk spuds – perfect for supporting local – even on a budget. If you love your potatoes to be chemical free, find organic potatoes at The Organic Collective (Hamilton Hill) and Organic on Charles (North Perth).
Perth Farmers Markets
A trip to your local Farmer’s Market is the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend morning. Soak up a vibrant community atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, grab bite to eat and support local growers by stocking up on freshly picked produce direct from the growers themselves.
Kyilla Community Farmer’s Market, North Perth
Mount Claremont Farmers Market, Mount Claremont
Perth City Farm Markets, East Perth
Poynter Farmers Market, Duncraig (fortnightly)
Subiaco Farmers Market, Subiaco
The Farmers Market on Manning, Manning
Freo Farmers Market, Beaconsfield
Kalamunda Farmers Market, Kalamunda
Midland Farmers Market, Midland
Palmyra Western Farmers Markets, Palmyra
Perth Home Grown, Perth CBD
Stirling Farmers Markets, Stirling
Vic Park Farmers Market, East Victoria Park
Roadside Farm Stalls
If you want your potatoes as fresh as possible, head to a roadside farm stall. The Swan Valley is teeming with them. At Keller’s Farmstall you can grab a take away coffee, plus a pastry fresh out of the oven and a bag of potatoes – grown locally in the Perth metro area.
Further north, Swan Valley Sisters is the place to find a delightfully dirty spud with that “just dug up” look. Did you know that potatoes sold with soil on stay fresher for longer? Washing can trap moisture, and lead to a musty smelling potato.
So now that you’re in the know about where to find the perfect potato in Perth, which variety of potato should you buy? That depends on how you are planning to cook it.
Here’s the quick, essential guide for every spud-lover:
White – Best for salads, boiling and mash.
Red – Best for mash, chips and baking.
Purple – Best for roasting, mash and baking.
Kipfler – Best for chips/wedges and roasting.
Be sure to choose a firm potato with no cuts or bruises to guarantee a fresh spud. And for a truly spud-tacular potato dish, buy West Aussie grown potatoes every time.