On Sunday I went out to my garden to do some weeding, pruning, and general cleanup. I wasn’t really there to harvest anything, but then I saw that a swath of my potato patch had gone all yellow. Was it disease? Or were these potatoes just done with early? This particular area of my potato patch was where, back in January or February, I’d planted some quartered Trader Joe’s red potatoes that had gone all sprouty. It was definitely earlier than the recommended potato planting date.
I decided I’d rip out the yellowing plants and dig up whatever potatoes were there, even if there were only a few small ones. Plus it’s so much fun to dig around in the dirt looking for potatoes. After all the rain we’ve had, the soil yielded like spongecake under my pitchfork. And lo and behold, there were scads of small, medium, and large red potatoes!
Every turn of the pitchfork yielded more red easter eggs falling out of the soil. I amassed quite a haul, enough for a big potato salad or batch of roasted potatoes. But now I’m thinking maybe I’ll go for a summery potato gratin or galette, per people’s excellent suggestions yesterday on how to make use of my new mandoline. Perhaps something layered with potato, zucchini and onion slices, with lots of herbs? Hmm, so many possibilities.