Sustain Jefferson Jefferson County, Wisconsin
No need to go spud-less!
Thanks to all who attended and helped put on our April 5th Spud Fest! It was such a big success that we sold out of our entire supply of 105 pounds of certified organic seed potatoes. But, there's no need to go spud-less this planting season. SJ Board Member Buck Smith has an abundance of tasty taters for sale, all Wisconsin grown certified organic seed potatoes from the same western Wisconsin grower where we bought our seed potatoes for Spud Fest! The varieties Buck is selling are All Blue, Superior Medium, French Fingerling, Dark Red Norland and Adirondack Red. All are $5 per pound with $1 going to Sustain Jefferson. If interested, call Buck at his "Jack of All Trades Handyman" business phone 608-345-2361.
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.
Adirondack Red Rich in antioxidants, the skin and flesh of this potato is a beautiful bright red. A real conversation starter at dinner. The tubers are onblong, with shallow eyes and small to medium in size. Tastes like regular potatoes and just as versatile.
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.
All Blue A medium to small oblong potato with deep blue skin and a colorful blue flesh with white streaks. It is a good choice for baking or frying and is excellent for making colorful chips. It stores well. We have had high yields.