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Potato Fairs

  • Subject: [cg] Potato Fairs
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 19:55:49 -0500

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 invited.
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:
Horticultural talks
Sales of cloth sacks for storing harvested potatoes
Cooking demos and tastings for different varieties of potatoes
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.

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