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Our Crops

The humble potato is the main crop at Luffness Mains - over 500 acres are grown in the fields of East Lothian. We are able to supply potatoes to our customers both in season straight from the field, or out of season from our cold stores.  We specialise in supplying early varieties of potato from as early as June, due to our gentle coastal climate.  

The silty soils of East Lothain lend themselves to producing the perfect skin finish, size and shape to fill the shelves with fresh potatoes in the main retailers such as Tesco, M&S, Asda and Sainsbury's. During September and October the Luffness team expands to up to 14 trained and commited men, equipped to harvest up to 10,000 tonnes of potatoes. Every ton is labelled and stored in boxes for sale over the following 8 months. 

Luffness Mains potatoes are available every day of the year for you to enjoy.

Our Potatoes

  • First Earlies (Maris Peer and Epicure) - harvested June to July.  Fluffy, loose skin.  All first earlies find their way from 'field to fork' within 24 hours. Delicious boiled in their skin for a truly fresh flavour.
  • Salads - (Maris Peer and Gemson) harvested July to Early September.  Firm, set skin, moist texture, small under 42mm in size, perfect for the summer BBQ weather.
  • Maincrop/ Pre-Pack (Marfona, Estima, Vales Sovereign, Maris Piper, Cultra, Sylvana, Orchestra) - harvested August to October.  Firm, set skin, with large baker content over 65mm in size.  Perfect for baked, boiled, roasted or mashed potatoes.
  • Main Crop/ Processing (Lady Claire and Lady Valora) - harvested August to October.  Firm, set skin, over 45mm in size, over 19% dry matter.  Specially grown for crisps and chips.

In addition to potatoes, Luffness Mains also grows spring and winter wheat and oil seed rape. The wheat crops are predominantly grown to produce flour for bread and biscuit making, as well as for the Scottish distilling industry.  Every season and area of new varieties is grown for seed production for the local seed houses. The oil seed rape crop is used for biofuel production.


The lighter irrigated soils provide for various other crops along side the potatoes. These include Leeks, Parsnips, Brussel Sprouts, Swedes and Cabbage. Parsnips were introduced into the crop rotation in 2012. The fertile soil at Luffness Mains is ideal for delivering the high volumes demanded prior to Christmas. These specialist crops are grown in partnership with leading local vegetable suppliers for the Scottish fresh retail market.