'Something has to change' - she said
'I'm not giving up growing potatoes' - he said
'Why?' - she said
'Because I love it' - he said
And so began the challenge... how do we change, but stay the same?
Ballymakenny potatoes are probably the best spuds in Ireland. They're grown with passion and love. They're a shining a light for the smaller farmers of Ireland. We use them in Aniar and Tartare with great joy, to bring people a true taste of Irish food."
Mark Anderson, Culinary Director Gather and Gather
The passion shown by Maria and David in growing their fantastic potatoes is evident when you get delivery of these amazing Irish-grown purple potato. The feedback has been really positive among the chefs who use them in the various workplace kitchens around Dublin and we are happy to continue to support them."
Graeme Dodrill, Head Chef Peploes Bistro Dublin
In Peploes kitchen we wait for months till the start of the Ballymakenny potato season, they go straight on the menu on day one! The best potatoes in the country in my opinion, great flavour and they remind me of how food used to taste so good when my grandmother cooked for me."
Thyme Restaurant, Athlone
I have had the great pleasure of working with Maria and showcasing her wonderful produce on our menus for a long time now! I try to use everything that comes from Ballymakenny Farm be it the beautiful potatoes, fantastic tender stem and purple sprouting broccoli, frivole or sweet stem cauliflower. I always seek out farmers that have a real passion and pride for what they do as this translates to what they produce and Maria is certainly one of the most passionate I know. I look forward to working with Maria for many more years and seeing what the team at Ballymakenny come up with next."
Alex Green, Eipic Belfast
Maria's passion for her potatoes is something you don't come across very often and it shows in her product. Potatoes aside Maria is one of Ireland's true gems, hardworking and humble, a pleasure to work alongside and she is always championing Irish produce and producers which is key in today's world."