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Comber Potatoes
Nov 19
Welcome to the Comber Potato Company PDF Print E-mail

Our extensive range grown includes such familiar varieties as Maris Piper, Maris Peer, Queens, Rooster and perhaps some unfamiliar ones like Ballydoonans, Homeguard and Charlotte. These are exported far and wide. Having held full accreditation to the Assured Produce Scheme since 1998, the farm continues its stringent adherence to the control and nuturing of the crops through to harvesting and storage under refrigerated conditions. All procedures and methodologies used are geared to ensuring a premier product.

Farming in the McKee family can be traced back as far as the early 1700's. The nucleus of today's business commenced in 1962 on a 24 hectare plot surrounding the current operation on the fertile soil of the lower southern slopes of Scrabo Hill. With "farming in the blood" this seamless line has reached as far back as the fourth generation in this area.Great grandfather "Bob" died in 1986 and grandfather "Robin" still farms with son "Ivan" and it is without doubt that grandson "Jonathan" will continue the line into the future.

Th core of the business accentuates the "Comber Potato"- the cream of Ulster Spuds.

The sandy soils of the have also allowed for an increase in the growth of high quality carrots, parsnips and brassicas which have been supplied to local restaurants through dedicated wholesalers.

The ongoing provision and maintenance of sites for wildlife has been a feature of the farm for many years.The tree-planting programme  of native species and the sowing of filed boundaries with clover to encourage bumble-bees are only two of the many initiatives undertaken to improve and conserve the countryside for future generations. Consideration is also given to plans for the re-introduction of the grey-legged partridge to the area.