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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rub-dub-dub Potatoes in the Tub

Me - washing potatoes before storing
Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.

This will be the last blog with updates on harvesting. There are still some carrots to pull but that will be the end of it. I did a taste test on the carrots because we have some of the fattest carrots I've ever seen. The results are the fatter the carrot, the less sweet. If they're too big, they're bitter when eaten raw. They lose the bitterness when cooked but aren't very tasty. So we're freezing them for the doggies.

Potatoes are all out of the ground and it wasn't a bad  haul considering very little effort was put into them. Lance used ground that hadn't been
Baby pool makes a great wash tub
planted in before. He put some compost on it, tilled once and planted. Fire ants got some of the plants and frost others but as you can see in the picture, we have enough. We planted small goldens and reds.

Potato must dry before storing
My sister moved into a house that had a pots and pans rack in the ceiling. She didn't want it so I snagged it with an entirely different idea in mind. This will come in so handy next summer when we have garlic to dry. I hung a few peppers and the last harvested onions. I like it!

So...we'll be clearing the fields in the weeks to come and starting all over
New Drying Rack
again. Stay tuned for some recipes in the coming months. Christie is a great cook and I'd like to share some of her recipes for the food we harvest.

What farmers do for exercise!

Our cute little farmer girl.


  1. You were smart in snagging the rack to use for drying instead of its intended purpose. Way to go Brenda!

    1. It's going to be great come garlic harvest time!

  2. The potatoes look wonderful. I'm so jealous. We didn't do any food planting this year because Vic was having a hip transplant. I really miss the fresh vegetables.
    Isn't your little farmer growing fast! It only seems yesterday you were sending her new-born pictures. xxxx

    1. Hi, Jenny. Hope the hip is good now. Yes, she is. She more fun to watch grow than the potatoes!