We recently had our first big outdoor planting day of the season. Everything went smoothly and we got a ton of work done in one day thanks to our extra helpers Ellen (my cousin) and Tyler (a student at the Culinary Institute of America). We buy our seed potatoes from a family farm in NY. Each year we get a call in the evening letting us know that the potatoes are going to arrive the following morning. It feels like the Wells Fargo Wagon is coming (except that we know exactly what is coming: potatoes). This year the potatoes were delivered at 6:30am. Luckily, Ross was available to unload the truck and lift the 50 and 100 pound bags.
|The truck from Maine, filled with potatoes.|
|Hercules! Lift with your legs...|
|Ellen and Sheeba cutting Yukon Gold potatoes.|
We use a tractor to dig shallow trough rows in our fields, and place the cut potatoes in the troughs. Finally, we cover the potatoes and wait for them to grow! As the potato plant sprouts above ground, it is also growing below ground. For each 1/3rd seed potato we plant, another 10-15 potatoes of varying size grow below ground. This year we planted red, white, blue (yes, I said blue), Yukon Gold, and fingerling potatoes.
|Tyler showing off the toe-tap...an advanced planting technique.|
|Debby planting potatoes. Schoolteacher by weekday, farmer by weekend.|
|Debby covering the potatoes while Tyler plants a few rows ahead. Hurry! She's catching up!|
|Lettuce, ready to leave the greenhouse and start growing outside.|
|Debby rolling the wheel. You'd think there would be a better way to do this in 2012...|
|Lettuce field before the rain.|