Potato Picking

Our trip to Whittamore’s Farms to pick berries was so enjoyable we did not want the experience to end (to see the pictures of our berry picking adventure you can go here). We decided to continue our picking adventure by looking for beans and potatoes. We were prepared to shovel the ground in search of the potato, thinking that it would be fun for the kids and take us back to the time when we dug for potatoes as young children in our mothers’ vegetable garden.

When we arrived at the potato field we were pleasantly surprised to see that we did not need to find a shovel for our search. Instead the fields had been freshly turned and the potatoes were in plain view.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Freshly turned potato fields. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We eagerly picked up the potatoes, small and medium-sized, scraping the mud off with our hands. It was definitely a time when we did not mind getting our hands dirty!

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Ready for picking. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Beside the field we saw the tractor that made our picking so easy. We thanked the farmer silently for getting up early so that we could have the pleasure of picking a meal from his fields.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
The tractor. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The potatoes were a pleasure to wash and, because the skin was unblemished, I was able to leave it on for eating. The meals I made with the freshly picked potatoes were delicious: a spicy curry with rice; and, for another meal, a potato salad that was eaten at a barbecue. Potato picking is an experience I would be willing to repeat: for the fun of picking, and for the fun of eating. 

Have you been potato picking?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The prompt this week is Fresh)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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56 thoughts on “Potato Picking

  1. Really a great post, very well captured photos… 🙂

    Remind me of a part of my childhood, because I’m born on a little tiny danish island
    which is famours because of their early potatos… ‘hahaha’

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    1. It was the first time we had been to one even though we had heard of it. Such a good idea – and it is a good way for children to learn where their food comes from.

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  2. Must admit Colline I have done potato picking for a while for an income, where I picked the ground was covered in ice, even though the potatoes were turned over we still had to scrape the ice off the potatoes, great outing for enjoyment but dont recommend it for a living, but at least you get the pick of the young sweet potatoes.
    Emu

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              1. Silly me…I have a way of talking, thinking and typing in “shorthand”…I don’t always express my entire thought…a dangerous thing, believe me! 🙂

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    1. What a wonderful childhood experience! You would know even more than I, who picked potatoes for such a short time, what a pleasure it is to pick them from freshly turned ground:)

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  3. Hi Colline, nice to meet you. Thank you for following me. I will be following you too. Thanks for sharing how to pick potatoes. I usually just pick them up at the market! haha!

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