Maybe it’s the little bit of Irish blood that I’ve got running through my veins, or maybe it’s my tendency toward carbohydrate addiction, but potatoes have always been one of my favorite things to eat. As far as I’m concerned, they are a food group in and of themselves. We often make a meal out of a baked potato (a quick and easy lunch if you own a microwave), or go slightly fancier by adding lemon, capers, and olive oil to boiled new potatoes.
Since they’re well suited to growing in cooler climates, potatoes are the perfect crop for northern gardens. They tolerate a variety of soil types, and produce reliably with little effort. My grandfather tells stories of spending his childhood tending the family potato field during the great depression. They grew an acre in nothing but potatoes, and the resulting harvest saw them through a entire year until the next crop went in. You’d think that after spending years eating potatoes every day, he’d never want to look at them again, but they’re still a staple in his diet. Maybe I come by my love of spuds honestly.
Nowadays, there are so many interesting varieties that it can be difficult to know what to grow. I knew that I would definitely be planting my favorite Yukon Golds and Red Chieftans again (which I’m sprouting and planting this year from potatoes that I originally bought for cooking), but I also wanted to try something new. That’s when I discovered Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes. Their website is packed with a bevy of gorgeous potato varieties, and I spent days drooling over the selection before settling on a final order (which ended up being much larger than originally planned). The beauty of their site is that you can order small amounts of many different kinds of potatoes, making it easy to experiment.