Some Community Gardens (as well as other sponsors)
are getting together to have Potato Fairs where people can buy a large variety
of seed potatoes to plant. They can buy as few as one of each, so it's
possible to try many kinds at once. Gardeners from all over the region are
This seems like a great way to see what the various
potatoes really look like as well as to get the potatoes via less expensive
large batch freight rates rather than the higher individual postage rates.
It might also go over well to combine this with a fair that included
garlic, onion sets/starts, and other members of the allium family.
For an example of potato variety charts with
descriptive information from two different Potato Fairs see:
(In these charts chips=fries)
In addition to selling the seed potatoes, the
groups offer events such as:
Sales of cloth sacks for storing harvested
Cooking demos and tastings for different varieties
One community garden had a shopper get 2 potatoes
each of 25 different varieties. Then 2 gardeners each took 1 set of 25
potatoes and grew them on their own plots. In the fall they dug them up
and displayed them in 25 different labeled baskets at a fall harvest show so
that other gardeners could see them and how well each kind would grow at their
particular community garden.