"United we bargain, divided we beg."

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Potato-Palooza


I actually got something that can legitimately be called a harvest from my garden this year! Up until yesterday, my 2009 harvest consisted of several handfuls of spinach, about one bunch of radishes, a couple pounds of snap peas, one very large cucumber, and twenty or so tomatoes. Counting the cherry tomatoes. It was the worst garden year ever.


HOWEVER. Yesterday afternoon I decided to dig up half the potato patch, since the plants on the west end were looking very yellow and limp. The first several I found were as small as marbles, and I was beginning to get depressed, thinking I had somehow managed to fail at growing the easiest to grow food plant there is. But digging a little deeper, I began to unearth real potatoes. Most of those in the picture are pretty good sized, at least as big as you get in the supermarket. TAll in all, I think I dug about ten or twelve pounds. There are Yukon Golds, Yellow Finns, and Red Bliss.

And I had guests last night for dinner. For the first time this year, every single thing I put on the table (spices excluded) was either grown on this farm, gathered by me, or traded for milk and eggs from this farm. I was (probably a little too) proud. The Menu:

Pork Roast in a mustard-rosemary-honey-white wine glaze
Roasted New Potatoes
Mixed Green Veggie Grill - kale, chard, onions, and zucchini sizzled on the griddle with garlic, red pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
and for dessert Fresh Blueberries and Cream with Cajeta (goat's milk caramel sauce.)


2 comments:

AnyEdge said...

Mmmmmm....Potatoes.

Are they really that easy? What to the plant tops look like?

Aimee said...

kind of like tomatoes, but not really.