i’ve written about my great love of growing potatoes in several posts this season. but i’ve not written any posts of my great love of harvesting potatoes – and really that’s where my love of growing potatoes lies – the harvest. everything is just a set up for the great joy of digging potatoes.
this last week we pulled the first of the potatoes – and i can’t say i was disappointed, while i only needed a few volunteers to harvest the potatoes, but i choose to teach everyone how to harvest. while you could say it was my desire to educate our volunteers – and you would be right – there is certainly the other motivation – and that is the reaction that folks emit the first time they see potatoes dug. even if folks think they are in control of themselves they almost always seem to react the same way with an audible gasp as the tubers tumble out of the ground.
off of 100 row feet of potatoes we harvested over 120 pounds of potatoes – a pretty fine yield.
in addition to the actual potatoes, we also harvested plenty of potato fruit.
these little fruits are full of seeds for all kinds potatoes. ideally they would fully ripen on the plants, but we have fall cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower to plant in its place, so i have been harvesting them green and hopefully they will ripen off the plant.
all those potatoes make my mind turn to a meal and the sugar snap peas planted right next to them seemed like a great combination. at home i boiled up a few potatoes, steamed some peas, sautéed some homemade pickled lemons and home-grown garlic in some homemade cultured raw milk butter, and sprinkled some chopped cilantro grown by one of the community gardens at work.