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Join us for Spud Fest! April 4th

A free presentation on how to grow potatoes. Sale of certified organic Wisconsin-grown seed potatoes. Baked potato bar with all the toppings. It's Spud Fest! Join us for our second annual celebration of the spud Wednesday, April 4, 21018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson Creek Community Center, 417 Union St., Johnson Creek WI.  A local master gardener, who is an experienced potato grower, will share his tips and techniques for growing the humble spud in the garden and in containers. Eight varieties of certified organic Wisconsin-grown seed potatoes will be for sale; all easy to grow, delicious and popular with our members. And the baked potato bar will convince everyone to grow this versatile culinary star. For recipe ideas we'll have for sale our popular SJ potato cookbook "A Celebration of the Spud." Don't miss Jefferson County's only tater extravaganza!

The eight varieties of organic seed potatoes that will be for sale are: German Butterball, Magic Molly, Yukon Gold, Adirondack Red, Dark Red Norland, Carola and French Fingerling.

Choose seed potato varieties with the characteristics that most appeal to you.

German Butterball A light yellow skin/yellow flesh heirloom potato with a slightly russeted skin. Excellent flavor. Similar in size to Carola.

Magic Molly An Alaskan bred variety, with purple skin and purple flesh that retains its color even after boiling, unlike other purple/blue flesh varieties that go grey. It has a blocky fingerling shape. Tubers can be small or large, with some over 6 inches long.

Yukon Gold Yellow flesh/yellow skin potato. Stores well. We plant at 6 inches for the highest yields and still get large tubers. A caution with this variety; excessive rapid growth with the Yukon Gold results in hollow heart. If you have had hollow heart problems, increase planting density (4-6 inches), or decrease fertility, and always maintain uniform water levels.

Dark Red Norland Dark Red Norland The organic growers choice for the early red. Excellent flavor. Red skin and white flesh. Produces both boiler and baker size spuds. A very versatile potato which exhibits good resistance to potato viruses. Narrow in-row spacing (4-6 inches) will produce high yields of B size potatoes.

Carola A favorite yellow flesh/yellow skin variety. Produces many medium sized attractive tubers. Great potato for baking or boiling.

Adirondack Red A bright red skin and streaked to solid red flesh potato with aggressive growth habit and yield. This is a full size potato, similar to Carola in yield and size.

Superior An early maturing white skin/white flesh potato with great flavor, uniform size and skin color. It is a medium size white potato that stores well, but unlike Kennebec will not easily “green” when exposed to light. This is an older Wisconsin bred variety.

French Fingerling Very attractive pink skin/yellow flesh variety. Plant at 12-inch spacing and get high yields of good sized fingerlings, even a few baker sized. Aggressive plant growth smothers those late weeds. Very resistant to leafhopper feeding. Excellent yield, taste and growth characteristics.