Irish ancestors & Potatoes

My Irish ancestors that came to this country in escape of the great potato famine would undoubtedly raise their brow at the fact potatoes are one of my favorite crops to grow here on the farm. I was talking with my mom a few years ago about gardening how to,  her being one of my best resources of great gardening insight she is in fact a fine gardener with lots of fair best in show ribbons of her efforts in the garden to prove it. Anyway,   I mentioned that i was trialing a bunch of potatoes varieties here on the farm, but was having trouble with finding the best growing system in which to best combat the all evil Bermuda grass from taking over the plots and choking out my crop.  I said to her “you know I don’t remember us growing potatoes in our garden as a child though…did I just miss them? She kinda of laughed and said “honey you couldn’t pay me to grow another potato”….Why? I asked, I mean they are such a lovely plant…and Mom, they taste so good freshly dug, nothing like what’s in the stores…She said that may be true but once you’ve had to eat them day and night..fresh and rotten…Peggy Jean’ she calls me…Irish people…and you are one…have had about all the potatoes they want…are you growing any corn? ha ha…  Well, it is a good thing I am a few generations removed from my ancestors relationship and reliability on potatoes.  I really enjoy growing, harvesting and eating these yummy spuds…and I hope you will too.

This weekend will be a weekly and b-weekly CSA pickup here on the farm. We have a few crops that are just coming in such as tomatoes…we are seeing a lot of little red current tomatoes…these are tiny little tomatoes the size of …well a current fruit an heirloom variety that kids just love picking…okay so do I…a little snack out in the field never hurts. I am hoping for a good bushel of nice red or semi-red slicing tomatoes as well for the CSA and market this Saturday. We’ll see what comes out of the field in the morning during harvesting.

The flowers are loving this warmer the normal weather…although they would appreciate a bit of rain. NPT came out to the farm this week to film the flowers and pickle making here in the farmhouse kitchen. They will be airing the segment in July sometime. I will let you know the date and time when they tell me.

My friend Anna has set up a photo gallery on this blog…by the way she is the master mind behind putting this blog site together…thank you Anna. I have added a few photo’s of the farm this week if you want to take a peek just click the tap at the to of the page.  Hope you all a great holiday weekend..Mark and I are taking Lucca camping and maybe a little fishing…The market will be closed this Sunday for the 4th…family time…about time:)

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My name is Peggy Lynn Marchetti. I am a wife, a mother of two beautiful, never boring children, and a farmer... that's right - a farmer... a female farmer to be exact. I live on a beautiful little third generation organic farm in middle Tennessee.

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