A Potato Adventure!
Plus the Cubit’s Giveaway Winner announced.


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 karen@theartofdoingstuff.com and I’ll get all your information.

Finally, if you’d like some more potato information, check out Laura’s posts on planting potatoes … here and here.


  1. Vivienne Grainger says:

    Just a thought: if you are wearing ONLY the boots and the glove, and nothing else, with a Prada purse, this might be the reason the cashier snickered.

  2. Marti says:

    I’m sticking with my tea towel. Congrats Kim!

  3. Meg says:

    I grew a sweet potato once. As a houseplant. So anyway one night it TEARS one of my posters OFF OF MY WALL. Terrified me, because I wasn’t expecting to be startled by a potato. I suppose one tendril (arm, whatever) grew up behind one of my posters, and well, the weight must’ve pulled the poster loose.

    Or it was going to come for me in my sleep…
    Be careful!!

  4. Gayla T says:

    I’m getting worried! I think you may be suffering from a little known syndrome called Ingallsitis. It usually manifests in a patient first by raising chickens but soon progresses to preg checking cows. At some point the patient may even begine to grow garden vegies in flower pots while living in the city if they have already covered up their garden area with flat rocks. Recovery usually involves a credit card with no limit and a trip to Fashion Week in New York or Paris. All reading material about life in the 1800’s must be avoided at all times. Do not under any circumstances read the farms for sale ads in the Sunday paper or go for a ride in the country. if you do, you may not recover. Just saying…….

  5. Susan says:

    Oh Gayle! I agree! I think she must be going to have a hanging garden! ‘Cause there ain’t no place on her lot for a garden! Those maple trees are going to have giant boxes full of chicken compost swinging in the breeze with man eating kennebec’s growing towards the glass fire pits. No wonder Karen designs dish towels with meat cleavers on them. Watch out Cuddles and Lucky the giant potato is headed your way! Seriously though I, too, have been in that farm store with my heels, mascara, sequined purse and hair washed. You do not get taken as seriously as when I went in my non bog rubber boots, with my hair in a ponytail, with no makeup but carrying my sequined betty boop wallet. They didn’t question which scratch I wanted and the eyebrows didn’t go up quite as high.:-)

  6. Jane says:

    You change the floor mats in your car?

  7. Laura Watt says:

    Potatoes are so much fun, you’re going to love growing them.

  8. Kim Merry says:

    OMGosh!!!! I can’t believe I won!!! Thank you Karen and Cubit’s!!!!

  9. Sally says:

    You had me at changing floor mats…really? You really are some sort of super human.

  10. Sally says:

    Oh…and you can give my free kitten to another deserving soul. I voted for you (well, ’cause you are da bomb) but I’m flush with cats here. Still haven’t worked up the courage to trim their nails yet and the assassin kit continues to shred my bead board wallpaper. (I can’t have anything nice!) LOL

  11. Kera says:

    I am so excited to plant my potatoes this year. I am thinking potato towers– can’t wait to see what you do!

  12. alison says:

    Wait, wait, wait…changing floor mats? I’ve never ever heard of such! Could that be because I live in a climate that has close to zero snow???


  13. Heather-Mae says:

    I’m getting a bit of garden envy. Our family moved in June last summer so we didn’t plant a garden last year, and it looks like we’ll probably move in the early summer again this year, so – no garden again. Sigh. Here’s hoping for a longer than one-year stint wherever we land this time! (I would make a note of Kennebec potatoes if I didn’t KNOW it would get lost in the move…)

  14. Rebecca says:

    I used to work in store planning for a certain Ontario government-run store. The first time I had to go visit a store in bum-f nowhere I felt ridiculous wearing the clothes I would usually wear at head office in Toronto. There I was clicking around in my heels while farmers with pig poop on their work boots stared at the city-slicker. After that I would dress down to go for store visits outside the city. I had no idea a woman in office clothes would be such a spectacle!

    • Karen says:

      Rebecca – I once visited the fella while he was working in Saskatchewan. Small town. Very small. We went to go to the one restaurant for dinner the first night and I grabbed my purse. He threw it to the ground. He said I’d stick out like a sore thumb if I carried a purse. He wasn’t kidding. He would NOT let me walk in with a purse. ~ karen

      • Rebecca says:

        I should also point out though, since my comment sounded very negative about “country folk,” that I was astounded at how nice everyone was. Even at Tim Horton’s I was greeted with a genuine friendly smile instead of a grunt and a stare. Guess I’ve been a city-slicker for too long, and didn’t even realize how unfriendly we are.

  15. Karena says:

    I WOULD love to grow sweet potatoes. I would have to venture out to …oh maybe Gardner to find a farm store, maybe Paola!

    Art by Karena

  16. Kelly says:

    Too funny. Yes the rubber boots at the farm store are a good idea, but not sure about the preg checking glove. Us country folk don’t usually wear them when we are not actually “using” them. And we do sometimes take our purses.

  17. dalesq says:

    I love the maurading potato plant comment. LOL! Had to read it to my hubby for more laughs.

  18. Deb says:

    Ok…should we be raising BAIL? Sounds to me like you paid for the lids and took the 5 finger discount on the taters…please tell us the bag they left in wasn’t the Prada!

  19. Deborah says:

    OMG…totally smirking and just snooted tea all over my screen at both your potato adventure and these comments! 😀 I am somewhat of a garden novice the past couple years, but last year ventured into the world of growing tomatoes and peppers…do you realize you do not need 4 serrano pepper plants for one household??? Nor do you need 6 cherry tomato plants! I was over-run with them! I pickling, roasting, freezing, saucing tomatoes and peppers well into October! This year…I am trying tomatillos (LOVE THEM!) and wish I would have been able to get my hands on some purple tomatillo seeds, all I could find was regular and a yellow variety. Now my front window is a mini greehouse full of little green sprouts of all kinds. I LOVE my GARDEN! 🙂 Keep the posts coming Karen – you are hysterically funny!

    • Shauna says:

      Hey Deborah,

      I’m pretty sure I saw the purple tomatillo seeds in Cubits store (the giveaway store for this blog entry).


      • Deborah says:

        Thanks so much Shauna! I wish I had known about Cubits before today! I actually have never heard of them and stumbled upon Karen’s blog this morning after she did a spot on CHCH TV this morning 🙂 Now I need to get me some purple tomatillos! 😛

  20. Melody Madden says:

    I’ve never changed the mats in my car … Are you supposed to do that?

    • Karen says:

      Melody – We do it in the winter. We put in rubber mats so the regular nice mats don’t get wrecked from all the mud and ice and salt. ~ karen

  21. Spokangela says:

    Karen- As a fellow potato lover I really admire your extuberance about growing them…

    Sorry, I had to. 😉

    Seriously though, they are the most fun to grow. I am excited to see what you come up with. Ok, I mashed get going now…

    • Karen says:

      Spokangela – Had to read that comment twice. FUNNY! You get a funny prize! Not really. But it WAS funny. ~ karen

  22. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..Since I’m planning to try growing herbs, lettuce and tomatoes this year..I might as well try a few potatoes too..Also..after I read your tulip post yesterday I went to my favorite discount grocery store and guess what they were selling..That’s right..Tulips..5 in a bunch for $2.99..beautiful colors and not yet open..Had to buy some after seeing your gorgeous pictures..

  23. Barbie says:

    I love my potatoes! We grow em every year…..however this year I think I will try your Kennebec!

    PS: I think I love the commet section as much as the actual blog! LOL So hilarious!

  24. Stephanie says:

    I planted potatoes last year, and my chickens helped me harvest them- seriously, I would dig around a little for a spud and they would enthusiastically scratch, and they found more than I did (and ate all the worms that turned up). It was definately a team effort. So put the girls to work!

  25. Roxanne says:

    Wait. Wht? Kittens? Who’s giving away free kittens? Karen, is there a Kitten Giveaway that escaped my attention?

    • Karen says:

      LOL. It’s a ploy to get people to vote for me. No kittens. But I do have a bruised apple in the fridge I could send. ~ karen

      • Roxanne says:

        No thanks. I already have one of those. Come to think of it, I already have kittens, too … five of them …

  26. Pats says:

    Didja know that potato plants have lovely flowers? Mom once made Dad cut back on the veggie garden area, so he cheated by planting potatoes in the flower beds.

    Knowing your green thumb, you probably DID know that.

  27. sera says:

    this is awesome, thanks Karen. My problem with gardening always comes down to when to harvest. Cubit’s article is great! Unfortunately, I completely forgot to plant garlic in October. Do you think it’s too late now? ;P

    • Karen says:

      Sera – As a matter of fact, I just went out and planted garlic yesterday since it’s so warm out and … well … the ground never froze. I bought some at a farmer’s market that was sprouting! We’ll see how they do. Go ahead and try! ~ karen

  28. mariaurora says:

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    Thanks Karen for all the funny and interesting educational posts.

  29. Pat says:

    Ah potatoes. Growing up on a Saskatchewan farm, we never bought potatoes at the store. We grew about an acre of them in order to feed our three families through the winter (jeez, I sound like my dad). There was a huge potato bin in grandma’s dirt basement and they’d always send us kids into the dark, dank basement to collect potatoes for supper. There was some pretty speedy potato collecting with all those scary, wizened, long sprouted red taters come spring.

  30. Kim Merry says:

    I am still trying to pick out my Cubits seeds, it is really hard to narrow it down.
    Thanks Again

  31. Anemone says:

    Great Hilarious post and hilarious comments. Hmmm. I didn’t know that thing about purses in lil town restaurants. Wow. Interesting.

  32. mothership says:

    >LOVE growing potatoes! I grow mine in bags! roll em down…. fill with dirt…. roll up bags… fill with more dirt as the green parts get taller… then at end… EASY harvest (tip out bag) & tons of potatoes…. even better… somehow they escape, I have had about 5 potato meals this winter alone (for family of 4) just from “weeding” (yeah… my parsley has gotten out of hand too!)

  33. df says:

    My world expanded last year when I grew rainbow chard for the first time from Cubit’s seeds; so incredible. Haven’t tried growing our own potatoes yet, but this year is the year.

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