I sat down at the table tonight after the kids went to bed to join Dylan in cutting seed potatoes to plant tomorrow. I really didn't have high hopes of this being an exciting Saturday night, but I have to say, it turned out to be pretty fun.
It all started with the predictable conversation..something like this:
Harmony: Wow...that's a lot of potatoes.
Dylan: Yea. We have blue, red and white.
Harmony: That's really cool. So how many potatoes are we going to get from this?
Dylan: Not many, after the CSA and market, anyway.
Harmony: Like how many?
Dylan: Well.....they say that 1 pound of seed potatoes will usually yield 8-10 lbs of potatoes.
Harmony: Oh....wow. That's a lot. So how many pounds are here?
After getting over the shock of just how many potatoes we're going to have this year....and thinking of all the recipes I know of with potatoes in them...I started looking at the seed potatoes a little differently. The majority of them look like little aliens from some crazy planet (especially if you cut a face in it.....). The funny thing is, the more you do, the more difficult it gets. The "rules" are that if the seed potatoes are smaller than a chicken egg, they don't need to be cut. And if they are bigger, each cut piece needs to have 2-3 eyes on it. The more you cut, you start asking yourself, "Is this the size of a chicken egg?"...or "Well...this could be a large chicken egg....". Then you start questioning your cuts..."Was that 2 eyes on that piece, or 1?". It's enough to drive you crazy before you get through 150 lbs of potatoes. Luckily for us, we didn't have to cut the fingerlings at all.
And lucky for our customers, we'll have TONS of red, blue and white potatoes this season!!!!!!! :)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )