Potatoes for 2011 Season

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Uber Tubers! That is what we have at Hawkins Springs Farm this year!

After much research and pontification over the winter, the seven varieties of potatoes were selected and five are new varieties for our garden – Purple Viking and Russian Banana Fingerling are still with us for an encore performance – the Purple Viking because of its lower glycemic index and the Banana Fingerling because of its taste and versatility.  Both are excellent tasting potatoes.  All of the potato seed we planted were from certified seed stock and organically grown.  Now for the listing. . .

Our 7 varieties of potatoes for the 2011 Season are:

Purple Viking

Purple Viking

After tasting this potato last year, we knew we wanted it for this year.  With its wonderful flavor, most will fall in love with its taste regardless of what kind of dish it is used in.  A most excellent potato for mashing because of its unique texture.  Performs well in salads and as baker.  Purple Viking has a true purple skin with pinkish red splashes.  The inside is snow white with a smooth texture.  Gets sweeter with storage.  Did you know that purple potatoes have a lower glycemic index?

Maris Piper

Marris Piper

A British Isles favorite!  Large, cream skinned, cream flesh and oblong potato that makes awesome French fries.  And mashed potatoes are out of this world.  Very similar in taste and texture to Yukon Gold with higher yields.  Considered to be a white potato even though it’s skin is more yellow in color.  Marris Piper is good for mashed potatoes, baking, wedges, French fries, chips or general frying.

Rio Colorado

Rio Colorado

This is a beautiful, really red, red-skinned potato with perfectly delicious white flesh.  Great for restaurants looking for the smaller size to roast.  Full maturity boasts a medium sized tuber.

Carola

Carola

The Carola’s claim to flavor fame is its ability to retain that “new potato” flavor after months of storage.  Carola is great for boiling, baking, mashing and hashes, but really excels in scalloped potato dishes.

French Fingerling

French Fingerling

Ooh, La, La!  This beautiful, colorful gourmet potato has satiny red skin and buttery yellow flesh with an interior ring of red “filigree”.  This is a medium-sized tuber with great flavor.  Legend says this potato arrived in the U.S. during the 1800′s in a horse’s feedbag.  How utterly French is that!

Peanut Fingerling

Peanut Fingerling

With a name like “peanut” you know this potato has to taste great!.  This crescent shaped tuber is bursting with goodness – nutty tasting yellow flesh with a light russet skin.  Peanut is a very firm potato when cooked, holding well in salads and is even better when steamed or boiled then sauteed with other veggies.  Cannot wait to try this one in a summer potato salad!  Would probably be great on a skewer for the grill as well.

Russian Banana Fingerling

Russian Banana Fingerling

It is no wonder this fingerling is considered the superstar of all fingerlings.  Wonderful flavor and so versatile to use because of its small slender shape.  We cut these potatoes into inch-wide slices last year and canned them.  These potatoes performed perfectly holding their shape, firmness and taste.  Developed in the Baltic Region of Europe/Asia and heralded as excellent for salads.  These little delights are a favorite among chefs and gourmet foodies.

We will post an update on the scrolling announcements when these fresh potatoes are ready to purchase.   Look for our Farm signs located on Hwy 82 (at Road 310) going to Langley/Vinita and at Hwy 85 (at Road 470) one mile west of Ketchum.

Greg and Ronda

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