August 30, 2017

Picking Potatoes at the Farm

My garden continues to produce bounties of beautiful fresh vegetables.

Yesterday, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, and my longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, harvested the potatoes. Potatoes are from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. As the world's fourth-largest food crop, following maize, wheat, and rice, potatoes are grown from “seed potatoes”, which are certified disease-free and specially grown in nurseries for planting purposes. Our “seed potatoes” came from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, a small family-owned business in Ellensburg, Washington.

The last two seasons, have produced many healthy potatoes in a variety of shapes, colors and tastes. I can't wait to enjoy this new batch of farm-grown potatoes this fall and winter. Here are some photos.

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