Between the tulip post, tapping maple trees and this gardening giveaway I’m starting to think spring might be on its way. Also, I just remembered to put the rubber, winter floor mats in my car, which is a sure sign of spring. I will leave the winter mats in my car until August at which point I’ll remember to switch over to my nice summer mats, which will remain in my car until next March, when I yet again remember 4 months too late, to install my winter ones.
So yeah. Spring’s comin’.
Last week when I was on the hunt for my sap equipment, I stumbled into a farm store, fraught with anxiety over the fact that they might not have the metal bucket covers I needed. Even though when I spoke to them on the phone minutes earlier they told me they had hundreds of them. (It has been my experience that inquiring over the phone about these sorts of things doesn’t always pan out.)
Luckily they had the bucket covers and my day of looking for sap making supplies came to a glorious end. Only it wasn’t that sap bucket covers that made it glorious. It was the fact that as I was leaving the store, I noticed a few baskets filled with wrinkled old potatoes with big eyes growing out of them. Well, it was a dream come true.
This particular farm store had SEED POTATOES! And many, MANY varieties of them! I’ve been wanting to grow Kennebec potatoes for a year now. If you don’t know what Kennebec’s are, you aren’t the potato nerds I thought you were.
Basically they’re the perfect potato according to a lot of restauranteurs. Perfect for french fries, perfect for mashed, perfect for just about anything.
So I grabbed a few, threw them in a bag, paid for my sap bucket covers and pranced out of the farm store, heels clicking, Prada purse flapping in the wind. If not for the snickering from the cashier it would have been a picture perfect scene. Note to self: only wear rubber boots and one of those big long rubber gloves you use to shove your hand up a cow’s ass while visiting the farm store (in an effort to fit in).
So I now have my seed potatoes, which are going to work very nicely into a theme I have conjured up for my garden in the spring. I’ll let you know alllll about that later. O.K. You dragged it out of me. I’ll give you one hint. The garden theme involves potatoes.
All this talk of potatoes reminds me I have a giveaway winner to announce. I’m pretty darn happy there were so many entries for the Cubit’s seed giveaway. Seems I’m not the only farmer who isn’t always wearing flats. Although, admittedly, usually I am in flats. They’re just more comfortable.
Laura from Cubit’s and I would both like to congratulate ….
YOU, are the lucky winner of the $75 package of Cubit’s organic seeds, plant markers and hand forged tool! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get all your information.