We made it. After a slow dry growing season for potatoes at Heart & Sole Gardens, we enjoyed our first taste of this year's crop. Soon, we will plow the harvest, but it is possible to dig a few hills to "rob" plants of some tubers that lie underground. It has been years since I purchased supermarket spuds and the flavor of just-harvested potatoes never fails to delight.
|GrandMom Tut holds a Purple Viking potato "head" from 2012|
|Colorado Potato Beetles are insect pests|
|Voles eat potatoes underground. After the tiller dug this one out, he ran away to eat another day!|
Potatoes get a bad rep from folks who think they are a fattening food. Actually, they are very low in calories and loaded with lots of nutritional benefits; it's butter, salt, cheese and other toppings we add that pack on pounds.
|Some of this year's first potatoes|
For more about Heart & Sole potatoes and a recipe for a great picnic salad, read "The Potato Lady," at Seedtales