|field guide to your taters|
Sincere thanks to everyone in my CSA. Every dimension of my micro farm is very much a learning experience. This type of farming is all about doing things the wrong way, then trying again, and again. Being able to hand a share to each family directly makes all this work more than worthwhile. I wouldn't trade this part of farming for anything.
Squeezing 16 shares into the space between freezing temperatures is no easy feat. My goal seems so simple, to provide a variety of fresh, healthy, great tasting veggies each week. But the number of possibilites is mind boggling. Every year I can build on what I learned the season before. It's hopefully only going to get better.
Approximately 10# of assorted potatoes. You may not be able to distinguish all of these. In cases where they look similar, they are also very similar in type. Now that I look at the photo more closely, it looks like one of the Tanana Purples has crept up into the All Blues pile! Sneaky spuds. I'll have a talk with the photographer.
The Tanana Purples are particularly interesting to me. Two years ago, a friend gave me about five pale purple potatoes she had been growing. I'm not sure I remembered the name correctly. Anyway, I put them in my root cellar, planted them in spring. Voles nearly ate all my potatoes in 2012, but I managed to save a handful. This year I planted those few and dug up 40 pounds of beautiful pale purple potatoes, some streaked with yellow. No seed company involved. Just local, gardener to gardener. So simple, yet this is not the way things are done anymore. I marvel at how we've made life so complicated. When all you really need in this case is a friend, a garden, and a deep hole in the ground where winter can't go.
If the folks in the lower 48 knew what they were missing! Nothing like big crunchy carrots pulled from cold soil. If they had an sense, they'd all be up here in September packing their coolers full of roots.
They might be have odd sizes and shapes, but they are colorful. And they exist. I'll leave it at that. Beets were a bit lacking for me this year, a combination of variety problems and not enough thinning. Better luck with the beet dimension next year!