Unveiling Magic at Grateful Plains

2015 was our first season attempting to grow potatoes for the CSA, a very welcomed addition as we develop our crop plan to include variety, rare breeds and favored staples on your table each season.

With a late planting in mid May instead of the gold standard ‘plant by Easter’ rule, we really didn’t expect potatoes until our last few weeks of the season.  However, as with all things is a season this whacked, we got quite a surprise as the plants began to die off in early spring.

That’s how you know potatoes are maturing, by the way. Once the plants bloom and begin making their sets at the roots, energy is spent from the leaves above by developing the tubers beneath the surface. So much to our delight, we began digging potatoes in August.

Magic Molly is a new organic breed created by Bill Campbell in Alaska that produces large fingerling tubers with a deep purple flesh that holds its color when boiled

Magic Molly is a new organic breed created by Bill Campbell in Alaska that produces large fingerling tubers with a deep purple flesh that holds its color when boiled

Magic Molly is a rare fingerling potato, producing much larger than typical fingerlings with a vibrant purple skin and flesh. Here is a cute quick interview from the man who bred these beauties: SPUDMAN ARTICLE

Magic Molly is surely our favorite as far as looks this season, though the Adirondack Red have won our vote for exceptional flavor.

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