The Great Potato Harvest.
The Video

Earlier this week I told you all about my potatoes.

Which should have been good enough. But it wasn’t. I feel as though I cheated you. Let you down. Lied to you. And I did.

You see, I also recorded the Great Potato Harvest. I didn’t get a ton of footage, just a little bit, but definitely enough to make a video for you to watch. Because who doesn’t love to watch another person dig up potatoes?!!

And then I couldn’t be bothered to make a little video for you to watch, so I just kept my mouth shut.

Like this.




And then I felt immense amounts of guilt. And it started to weigh on me. Like this.





So the other night I did the only thing I could do. I had the portion of my brain that remembered about the potato video, removed.

The bad news is, it didn’t work. The good news is, now everything smells like potatoes.

Here’s your potato video.

Will They Eat it Mealworms

Will the chickens eat mealworms? A great source of protein for when your chickens are moulting.

If you’re going to Blogpodium this weekend for the blogging conference make sure you come up to me and say hi. I’ll be the one with the world guilt written over my head.

Have a good weekend!


  1. Brenda says:

    Those were beautiful. I know you must have been proud of yourself. When I was a child, we always had a e huge garden. We children had our jobs and we worked even during canning time. When it came time to harvest the potatoes, my dad was so happy that he asked for the camera. My brother’s job was the potatoes but dad took my picture holding up some of them. Boy was he mad. He talked about it all of his life.

    I love your site. Just found it.

  2. Marcia says:

    So glad to have discovered you thru Daily Eggs site – you’re great! One of those people us girls love to hate – you’re pretty, talented, interesting, clever and funny! YUK! Just kiddin’. Oh. And let’s add thin and in shape to the list! Where are you in Canada? Is there any way to connect to any shows you have worked on/with? You know, the ones that earn you diet coke and previously potato chips – since you are now going to be making your own?
    As a newbie – looking forward to reading and watching more!!
    You go girl –
    A new fan in PA

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marcia – Thanks! I think, LOL. :) I don’t think I have anything airing in the States right now, unless My House Your Money is still airing on HGTV. Even then, you won’t be able to see me … just hear me. I wrote the show and did the voice over work for it. Glad you found my site … welcome to it! ~ karen

  3. Glenda says:

    Love the flip flop work boots. Gloves? Certainly. Shoes? Don’t be silly.

    You’re my kinda gal. And you grow some mean veggies.


  4. Kim from 3 peanuts says:

    No you can tell your Mom you are a film editor too!!! Love the artistic quality and music. Oh and the potatoes.

  5. Gale says:

    Have you heard of straw bale gardening? It’s supposed to be particularly good for potatoes because you just tip over the bale for harvesting. NO DIGGING!

    • Karen says:

      I have Gale, but for some reason I don’t trust it, LOL. Because I have such little space I don’t want to waste space in case it doesn’t work. :( ~ karen!

  6. Jodie Coher says:

    I think it’s funny you’re wearing blue latex gloves for potato harvesting… Anyone else notice that??
    Not sure if I should admire and think you’re a genius or run away because you’re creepy…
    Either way, good job!

    • Karen says:

      Let’s go with genius, LOL. I don’t like cloth gloves because I can’t feel anything and my hands got so stained with dirt at a couple of points this summer that I literally had to bleach them. So I bought a box of blue latex gloves. :) ~ karen!

      • Meg says:

        hahah this comment with the gloves made me remember (how could I forget) a short movie we filmed. well, it was a weird little 48 hour film festival movie…and the required prop was “3 or more potatoes.” So we made a beaded potato curtain. And a potato lamp. Just saying, ideas if you can’t eat them all.

        But this really is a fun post. I kind of can’t believe you can just dig them up and then uh, eat them. Then again maybe you can’t, maybe you’re actually telling the viewers they’re poisonous and not to eat them until you brine them or something. I currently have my computer speakers on my…couch… maybe I’ll go fix that. And then research when I can grow potatoes in L.A. Which I am hoping will be right now.

        • Karen says:

          Pffttt. You’re in LA. YOu can probably grow anything anytime at all. I hate you. In the nicest way of course. ~ karen!

  7. Maggie V says:

    Good for you Karen.

  8. Seadee says:

    I found two potatoes in a forgotten kitchen corner that were sprouting. Out of curiousity, and inspired by you, I stuck ’em the garden near the corn and ignored them. Rooted around a month ago, and found a couple more potatoes from one of them! Gotta go root around some more.

  9. Niki Dee says:

    I hope when I have my great potato harvest (fingers crossed for next year)that the weather will be nice enough for flip flops!

  10. Reg says:

    Oh Karen Karen Karen. Although your harvest is impressive, all I could focus on was you wearing flip flops and using a sharp gardening tool. You wore gloves, but flip flops, yikes. I hope all your toes are intact.

  11. marilyn says:

    love the music!!try that new grocery store in jackson square for the curry leaves..national. its amazing! potatoes look amazing as well..way to go!

  12. Auntiepatch says:

    Complete with music, too! But where are the Girls?

  13. Shauna says:

    Just ordered $78 worth of stuff on Amazon through your link, so I hope you make lots of pennies off of my order:)

    • Karen says:

      Yay! Thanks Shauna. That she get me at least a few pennies. Wait. Pennies are extinct in Canada. I fear I’m going to get screwed. ;) ~ karen!

  14. Barbie says:

    Your so adorable Karen! AND it makes me so upset every time you talk about your potatoes! I want to eat MY weight in potatoes too! I want my rightful yield of potatoes TOO! DAMN F#%^ing VOLES!

  15. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Shame on you young lady for keeping this from us..your adoring are carry on..

  16. Carey says:

    I loved the stills of your potato harvest, but when you bring it to life, there’s really something magical about it! Who did the music? They’re fantastic!

  17. Leslie says:

    Well done!

  18. Feral Turtle says:

    Great harvest. We make these potatoes called bombay potatoes…you should definitely try them! So good. Indian Chef Shaan. I would send you the link but for some reason google won’t load on my computer right now!

    • Karen says:

      Looks great! But I have no idea where to buy whole fresh curry leaves! I’m guessing I can get them at a specialty grocery store. Gonna try. Thanks! ~ karen

      • Feral Turtle says:

        Hey Karen, we buy them at an East Indian grocery store called Spiceland in Calgary. I guess one of your local Indian stores would be your best bet. We had to ask for them cuz we didn’t even know how they were sold. Looking forward to seeing a post on your amazing cooking skills cuz I know you will love them!!

  19. Jill P. says:

    This is bringing back memories of me and my grandfather digging up the potatoes in his garden each year.

    Although…..I don’t remember the music quite like that back in those days!

  20. Johan says:

    Cool video, especially the use of CSA approved flip flops. I am sure you will savour your harvest for many meals to come. If you feel you would like more practice I know where you can find 75 feet of pre-dug Yukon Golds…

  21. Jodi T. says:

    I have a feeling we are going to be seeing some potato recipes in the future.. YAY :)

    You should make chips… With 52 lbs you’ll never have to buy chips again!

  22. Mary Werner says:

    You can tell a true gardener with the knee test. You passed splendidly! (Even though you cleaned up for the grand finale.)

  23. mary catherine says:

    you’re the cutest :)

  24. Ev says:

    Good music, good potatoes. A connection?

  25. Marti says:

    You know one of the (many) great things about your videos? They’re short. It’s so boring when people put up an online video link, expecting me to watch 4-8 minutes of blahblahblah to get to the meat of what they are showing me. You always get to the point of it FAST.

    Nice music, too.

    I’m still not eating potatoes, but I am definitely up for some Fire Soup this weekend. :)

  26. Rose says:

    I don’t know how you keep your white t-shirt clean. You’ve inspired me to grow potatoes next yr.

  27. Emily says:

    I predict we see some potatoe recipes! maybe?

  28. I’m not sure why your art work isn’t hanging at the National Gallery.

    Wait… is it?

  29. Cathy says:

    OK, this may have inspired me for next year. So, how do you store them till December? I’m afraid of a big pile of mush.

  30. Kim says:

    So glad I’m not the only one who gravels potatoes in their flip flops :)

    Love the music BTW !

  31. Linda J Howes says:

    You make it look so easy. My potato harvest was a big fail:-( We had much more square footage and much much fewer potatoes, Maybe 10 pounds, just guessing, I didn’t weigh them.

  32. Carolyn says:

    Great looking potatoes!
    Now I feel guilty that I need to dig up mine. I think they’ve been ready but I haven’t had time to dig them up.

  33. mimiindublin says:

    I read somewhere that a potato is almost a complete meal, so you could eat just potatoes between now and December. Imagine how balanced you’d feel!
    Wish I could perfect that “no” face!

  34. Cathy says:

    Cool spuds! Strong work.

  35. Jenny says:

    52 pounds? That’s like half your body weight. Impressive. And fun video.

  36. gloria says:

    I think I have potato envy.

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