Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tater Digging Time Again

Time to roust out all those fine Kennebecs and Yukon Golds.



John and Justin and Claui and I spent part of a chilly afternoon picking the potatoes from the dark clinging soil after the plow had 'busted' them out. It was a bountiful crop -- far more than we'll use. And we still have this many again left to dig.

Alas, potatoes bring about 23 cents a pound!

We talked about ways of marketing to make the crop more desirable -- "Organically grown Appalachian pommes de terre - 'apples of the earth' -- sustainably raised in a heritage mountain cove and artisanally tended and harvested. No animals were harmed in the production of this traditional crop. By appointment to royalty."

Okay, so the last bit's not true. And maybe we need to use lovely tradional burlap bags for the harvest instead of our recycled petfood bags. Although the recycled bit could be a selling point . . .

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12 comments:

Martin H. said...

Vicki

Why not put your name to the product.

In the UK it might read something like, 'Whether it's Mountain Mash, Rustic Roasties or Carolina Chips - only the finest potatoes, grown by popular author, Vicki Lane, will do. They taste so good, even she's lost for words'.

Sorry, I probably got a bit carried away. Must be the mountain air - I'm not used to it.

Pat in east TN said...

I like how you talk of marketing your taters, but Martin also has a good idea.

Our crop was also good and should carry us through the winter/spring a good ways. I don't think there is anything better then a baked potato from our garden.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, tee hee, Martin! You have a future in marketing, I'd say.

Yeah, boy, Pat! There's a certain ineffable freshness and potatoness (I can find words, Martin; I just have to make them up) -- that doesn't happen with stored potatoes. Probably something to do with enzymes.

Anonymous said...

Your a person after my heart. I have never had the opportunity to really have a garden of potaotes. They look great and I am sure will taste great. Wonderful! Enjoy. I know you and your family will.
Donna Y. a faithful follower.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Donna! We are fortunate in where we live -- and in having some young uns around who also enjoy the farming life.

Reader Wil said...

Your potatoes must be great! Can't you sell them with some recipes of potato dishes+ a photo of the dish. I assure you that people will love it! In Dutch a potato is called "aardappel"Meaning : "earth apple"like in French.Thanks for your visit!

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Reader Wil! Maybe if we labeled them 'ardappels' people would think they were some exotic new tuber . . .

Merisi said...

Congratulations on the bountyful Erdäpfel harvest (yes, Austrians also speak of apples of the earth, with much reference - there's even an Erdäpfel Strudel!)!

As far as marketing your taters is concerned: Add a picture of that cute helper in the last photo. ;-)

I would not try to sell them as "Vicky Lane Mystery Potatoes". *giggles*

Happy Sunday!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Merisi got me tickled with the "mystery potatoes"! HA!
Congrats on the great crop!! We didn't plant potatoes this year but got plenty from a cousin who did. Love those FRESH DUG TATERS !!

Vicki Lane said...

He IS pretty cute, Merisi-- whether you're meaning mt son or the dog.

Mystery potatoes -- no, probably not a big selling point. :-)

Made me laugh too, Carol!

tipper said...

What a great crop of potatoes! One of my girls says digging taters is her favorite thing to do-she would have loved to help you guys-cause we never grow taters like that.

Vicki Lane said...

It really is fun -- that Easter egg hunt feeling!