Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy organic potatoes

I planted 24 potato plants in the old compost pile last May. Of the Katahdin variety. I've been taking up a plant or two at a time, using them fresh. I made the best oven-baked fries evah! recently. Tonight it'll be meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner. YUM.

Shown in the photo is what I harvested in 5 minutes today, with a background of a pumpkin I didn't plant (It's magic! It just showed up and took over a massive patch of land!) and 2 butternut squashes (that constitute two-fifths of the pathetic butternut harvest this year). See the quarter for size reference. I'm guessing I'll get at least 50 pounds of potatoes this year!

That potato behind the quarter has to be at least a pound. It's huge. I'd love it and hug it and call it Big Momma if it weren't already cut up and boiling on top of the stove right now. Sorry, Big Momma! Better luck next time!


Beth said...

I don't know what is more beautiful, your harvest or your picture.

Jill said...

Meatloaf. I just gagged a little. Damn childhood really did a number on me. :)

Bluestem said...

Thanks, Beth!

Jill, did I mention I made 3 meatloaves? I made three! There's lots!

Shea's Mom said...

Big Mama forgives if you share your method for oven fries.


AmyB said...

When I was a kid and we would harvest potatoes, we would use the following criteria to sort them:
1) Is it larger or smaller than a child's forearm?
2) Does it in any way resemble a president's face or a state?

Laura said...

Yummy! I'll be over at 5 :)