August 22, 2009

I 'Dig' Potatoes!

I mean that in every sense of the word. I dig them.

And I dig eating them, too.

And if I might brag just a little bit... we grow good potatoes here at Homegrown Farm.

Seriously good.

But then I'm biased. Because I like potatoes. I like them in all of their different disguises and preparations.

Remember Forest Gump's friend Bubba? He liked shrimp in all of it's disguises and preparations.

"You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it... Dey's uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad..."

Potatoes are like that too.

They can be baked, boiled, broiled, sauted, or fried. Dey', uh, potato soup, potato salad, potato gratin, baked potato, fried potatoes, potato fries, mashed potatoes...

You get it.Potatoes are one of the easiest foods to store. Just keep them in a cool dry place and they keep for months and months... until it is time to put them back in the ground as seed for next year's potatoes.

I have heard all kinds of weird and complicated instructions for planting and storing potatoes, like that you can't plant your own homegrown potatoes, that they have to be cured before they are stored, that they require a certain exact humidity, that if one potato goes bad it ruins the whole bunch, and that the ones with green on them are poisonous.

We have never had any of this happen and we always eat our own potatoes from storage all year long. And we haven't bought a seed potato in years.

Sure, when winter is growing long and we are eagerly awaiting spring's arrival, the potatoes grow tentacles and start looking a bit wrinkly... but don't we all start doing that at the end of winter?

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