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Australia’s ‘Spud King’ giving away free potatoes across Perth

Perth’s spud king Tony Galati will be giving away 200 tonnes of potatoes this weekend. Mr Galati says it is his way of thanking Perth families for their support over the potato deregulation decision. “We’re gonna give away 100 tonnes of spuds each day – 100 tonnes on Saturday and 100 tonnes on Sunday,” he said. For 20 years, Perth’s potato rebel fought against strict controls on the growing and selling of potatoes, and this time last year the war was won. “Any grower can grow potatoes, they can grow what varieties they want,” Mr Galati said. “They can grow them when they want and sell them to whoever they want so the market is completely freed. On a standard Saturday the Jandakot Spudshed store gets around 6000 customers through the doors – but that number is expected to double for the free spud giveaway. More