November 2, 2016

Harvesting the Season's Potatoes

I am looking forward to sharing this season's bounty of potatoes with my family.

My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, and my longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, recently harvested the last batch of 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. Many of this season’s “seed potatoes” came from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, a small family-owned business in Ellensburg, Washington.

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