Can I just say that 400 pounds of potatoes is a lot of potatoes? That’s how many pounds of certified organic “seed” potatoes I ordered this year. I’m not sure what I was thinking, except that I love potatoes, and so do most people. Seed potatoes are really no different from the potatoes you buy at the store (minus the growth inhibitor). We spread them out in single layers and expose them to light and warmth to get the eyes sprouting, a process called “chitting”. In about a week or two, we’ll cut them into egg-sized chunks and they will be ready to plant.
We are growing five kinds of potatoes this year: German Butterball, Purple Majesty, Red Gold, LaRatte Fingerling, and All Red. Today we baked up some oven fries and did taste tests with the guys. Purple Majesty is the blueish one, and it was a stretch, but after trying it, Lance commented, “It tastes better than it looks!” German Butterball and Purple Majesty won the oven fries contest, but I have a hunch the results might be different if we had made mashed potatoes, since different kinds have varying levels of starch.
I think we’ll have some potatoes to spare, so if you’d like to buy some to plant in your garden, let me know!