August 9, 2021

Picking Potatoes

It's potato picking time at the farm.

This week, my outdoor grounds crew foreman, Chhiring Sherpa, harvested our first batch of potatoes. The potato is a starchy tuber of the perennial nightshade plant 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. Every year, we pick many healthy potatoes in a variety of shapes, colors, and tastes. I always look forward to sharing the bounty with family and friends.

Here are some photos, enjoy.