As promised, here’s the identity of the two potatoes show below:
The smaller one, on the left, is a Yukon Gold. The bigger one, on the right, is a Kennebec. (That’s how they were labeled by the store where I brought them, anyway.)
I didn’t get my garden potatoes planted on April 12-13 as I’d hoped. The soil wasn’t quite warm enough yet. But my father, a retired North Dakota farmer, will be planting them in the next few days. (Thanks, Dad. It’s another one I owe you.)
In the fall of 2013, I did an Agweek cover story during harvest on the farm of Minnesota seed potato grower Justin Dagen. Justin, in his gracious and enthusiastic way, reinforced my understanding of the importance of certified seed potatoes.
A few days ago, I bought a few Minnesota certified seed potatoes. This weekend, if the soil is warm enough, I’ll plant them on a small garden plot on my family farm in central North Dakota.
Red potatoes will fill most of the plot, but there will be a few other types, too. . Here’s an image of two I’ll be planting. Can you name them? (They may look a lot alike, at least in the photo I took, but they’e both pretty prominent varieties.)
No prizes if you’re right, just the satisfaction of knowing you know potatoes..
I’ll update this entry on Monday, April 13, with their identity.