I recently posted on my Facebook page about my plans to plant potatoes in our backyard garden. Right now is the “right” time to plant potatoes in central Texas. I’m interested in growing the gourmet fingerling potatoes because they can cost as much as $5/lb.
“Fingerling potatoes are grown for flavor and tenderness, not quantity or size, thus resulting in the best potato available. They are very rich and flavorful and add a wonderfully special touch to any meal…[they are] low-starch potatoes, nutritionally rich in vitamin C, fiber and potassium. In addition, potatoes are low in calories. Fingerlings are firm and have smooth skins with similarly colored flesh, approximately 1-3 inches long and 1 inch wide. From appetizers, soups, and stews, to salads and main dishes, you can bake, boil, microwave, or roast them. Regardless of how you choose to prepare these special spuds, you’ll find them enticing and full of rich flavor.” Quote from Melissas.com
It’s wise to grow things that are expensive at the store, that way your garden is extra cost effective!
I also mentioned on in my Facebook post that I would like to partner up with people to help purchase and plant the seed potatoes. In return, I plan to share my harvest with those involved. If we’re not yet Facebook friends, you can find me at Jenni Lynn Lafferty.
Basically, I’m going to experiment with starting my very own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) with potatoes! Super exciting!
I came across this great little video about why organic potatoes are a better choice than conventionally grown potatoes. They are on the dirty dozen list after all! As the little girl says, “which potato would you rather eat?”
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