4 weeks ago
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Trouble with taters
Being the thrifty soul I am, I carefully sorted through and washed the potatoes, ending up with about half of what I ordered; not enough to plant. So I went looking at the local feed stores and hardware stores, and they had seed potatoes, but wanted what I considered to be an outlandish sum for them -- when you did the math some of these potatoes were selling for $4/lb!
So I'm walking through the local market and they've got this mixed bag of "gourmet" potatoes, red and purple and yellow - in sizes that would work pretty well for seed potatoes. I know they're probably sprayed with something to make them not sprout, but we've all had potatoes sprout out of bags. And they are definitely in better shape than my seed potatoes. And these are $0.60/lb.
So I'm going to plant these right alongside my more-expensive seed potatoes, in the next row, and see how they do. I sure do like the price.
As a note; these potatoes were probably produced around here, in western washington. It's a major commercial crop. So while i'm taking a chance that these particular tubers are imported, chances are good that they're local.