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In Praise of the Posh PotatoCourtesy best-potato-recipes dot com
If you remember when potatoes for dinner meant the same old white tubers - mashed, smashed or boiled, you probably haven't been to Superstore lately. You have? Yep, it's still pretty boring.

Very little has changed in the potato islands in the last quarter century. Oh, sure, the occasional red, white, blue or gold-heaped veggie bin
does warrant a slight nod.

But for the most part, good old Irish tubers remain a staple in the northern parts of the globe. We are deeply committed to the white potato as a staple of our diet. Like rice or noodles in other parts. Even as close by as the U.S. south, potatoes are sweet potatoes. If you stop at Louis Diner somewhere in Louisiana and if you crave creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, ask for "Irish Potatoes'?

But that's because we in the Northern Hemisphere love our mashed potatoes, especially with gravy. Never mind the cholesterol. Nothing is more delicious.

Unless of course you grow those potatoes yourself. Sans chemicals, organic compost. Nothing beats the taste.

You can easily grow your very own gourmet potatoes and wow your palates (not to mention friends and family)!
If you have a balcony, patio or small bit of flower garden, you can grow your own posh potatoes from the wide variety now available online. The satisfaction you will gain from enjoying your own baked potato on the bbq will be worth it.

One rain barrel, garbage bin or a stack of three or four old tires can yield about 25 lbs of potatoes. Triple that number and you've provided a winter's supply of potatoes.

Here's How to Grow Your Own Potatoes from Mike McGroarty

If you are fortunate enough to have a yard, of any size, you can luxuriate in the knowledge that you have a goldmine just steps away from the porch. Lucky you. You can grow as many potatoes as you think you can handle (or trade, sell, etc.) Perhaps you have a yen to feed your extended family or to barter or sell your surplus at the local market. Don't forget to save enough to start your potatoes next year. (
Presto, no more buying seed! Shhh! Monsanto is listening). Courtesy of Eagle Creek Seed :Potatoes

TIP: Don't limit yourself to the same old sprout sprawling paper bags of white 'seed potatoes' you find at Superstore. Sure, they're okay, but they're treated with heavens knows what. Go organic and open up a world of incredible tater choices. Better yet, go gourmet and choose from the literally hundreds of different potatoes
that you can order online.

Order Potato Seed

Here are a few of the best online growers/shippers of seed potatoes in Canada just to get you started, but if you're lucky enough to live in Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick or Ontario or Alberta, take a drive out to a local small scale organic potato farm and buy your own posh potato seed.

30+ varieties, fingerlings to giants makes Alberta's Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes

Hope Seeds has 13 varieties and 2 types of 'passamaquoddy potatoes'.

Henry Field's in Ontario has 10 or so varieties ready to ship. Early's Garden in Saskatoon has about 10 varieties (pdf catalogue)

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