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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Sweet Potato Harvest

Autumn has finally arrived in Kansas. Yesterday the temperature was in the mid 60's F {15c}. I was concerned about how cold it was going to get at night, and the news informed me that the overnight lows would be in the 30's {-1c}. As they called for rain over the next couple of days, I chose last night to dig up my sweet potatoes. They need to be dug up while still dry. My husband stayed inside to clean and light the furnace, my children giggled and screamed while playing on the trampoline, and I took my potato fork and dug a foot down and in a twenty foot row to dig up my beloved sweet potatoes.

I tired to get them all in one shot, they weren't keen on posing for me, so I had to take several pictures. {And with one of the feeds all screwy I condensed it into one} I pulled up 79 tubers. Not counting my first test batch.

I somehow managed to pull up a few of them that are bigger than my hand.
Now they need to sit out and cure before eating or storing. The bruised ones will have to be cooked up right away.

I am looking forward to eating them. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites. If you missed my article on sweet potatoes and why one could live off of them, you can find it here; Sweet Potatoes are the Perfect Food.

Speaking of articles, recently I had one published with World Food & Wine. It's a cheesy little thing about Halloween and foods. Which also reminds me, This weekend we have to go and get pumpkins, not only for jack-o'-lanterns, but for food preservation.

Don't ask about the apples. I am apparently making enough apple butter to feed the state of Kansas.


Stephanie said...

Those look great!

Apple butter makes great Christmas gifts! I planning on using some for gifts this year!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your bumper crop of sweet potatoes, they're gorgeous!
Great halloween article, by the way. My kids are desperate to try the spaghetti and eyeballs!


Wow! That one on the end is HUGE. I have never seen one so big.

Jodie said...

they looks so nice.

Jodie said...

Potatoes're always my favorite. and i cook it in different ways,e.g. frying,braising,chipping, slice up-----
they're always to my taste

Phelan said...

Stephanie, I plan on giving lots of apple items away this year. I am the apple queen!

Cheryl, thank you and thank you. The meatball/eyeballs are a big hit with my kids.

parlancheq, ha! Some days it seems like I have the mind of a 12 year old boy. I was cracking up when I read this in my e-mail this morning. Yes, it's one of the bigger ones I have seen as well.

Jodie, potatoes are wonderfully versatile. It's nice to see you back around.

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