I have great fondness for potatoes, not just as a staple in the kitchen, but for their resilience in our kitchen garden. Last year I purchased several five-pound bags of seed potatoes from Hare Creek Nursery just up the road on Highway 20. For those of you wondering why the heck I bother to grow potatoes, I get it: yes, potatoes are exceptionally cheap at Safeway.
For most gardeners, potatoes are pretty low on the priority list: they take up more space in the garden, and they don’t play well with tomatoes, raspberries, pumpkins, sunflowers, and cucumbers, and they’re well . . . boring. While hardly riveting, they happen to be one of the cheapest, most calorie-dense staples available. One large potato is 278 calories, 7 grams of protein, plus 48% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Per square foot devoted to them in the garden, potatoes go quite a lot further in feeding me and my loved ones than would something prettier and more pastoral, like the aforementioned tomatoes. Gardening is more to me than just cutting down on my grocery bill. I sow to feed my desire to have a relationship with my food, from start to finish. Read More →