Well I found out that the saying: Ask and Ye shall find is true.
I ordered some Victoria potatoes from Grand Teton Organics some years back that were great potatoes, and as I have tried many, many varieties, for me to single one out is rare. Anyway, I finally sent an message asking whey the dropped them and I got a quick response.
Hi Thanks for your note, the Victoria variety is a privately owned variety. It is owned by a German Breeder that I no longer deal with. Thanks again for your business
This year I bought what I decided to plant early, and hope I do not have too many hold over from last year as I hate throwing away potatoes but I can only use so many.
This year: Butterfly Lily Harvest Moon Island Sunshine -- One I have wanted for quite a while but the only person that had them for years was more than even I would spend. Purple Peruvian Gourmetessa White Giant All Blue
In one of those acts of curiosity I contacted Allied Potato about some potatoes not available through garden catalogs: Chipperbec and Saginaw Chipper. I asked if it was possible for them to ship me a small order even though they do whole sale business. The gent on the other end was cheerful and said he did not see why not and would contact me with info on price. WELL, he said he could ship me a five pound box for 100 dollars; I tried to dicker with him but he said sadly that do to the effort they would have to go, including driving out to the farm to get the potatoes he could not cut the price even 25 bucks. SO, I said fine curiosity killed the cat but I would contact him towards the end of the month and finish the order; he said no problem.
Rather that break this up in multiple category threads, I will put it all here, my garden so far this year:
Both vegetable gardens are ninety percent done now, need a few chiles , some lettuce up North; down South, I have so many new potatoes that need planting I will have to put in another 30 to 40 hills, maybe some rutabega, and some onions. Here are what my gardens consist of now:
North Potatoes: -- Butterfly, Island Sunshine, Purple Peruvian, Harvest Moon, Lilly, Peruvian Sunshine Corn: -- Sunny Days, Aunt Mary sweet Tomatoes: -- Old German, Husky Cherry, Grape (Tammi C), 4 -Green Zebra, Abe Lincoln, Big Beef, Pineapple, Orange Oxheart Beans: -- Purple Wax, Cherokee Wax Carrots: -- Griff, Puta Asita Black, Lobernicher Yellow Red Mustard, Long Scarlet Cincinatti radishes and a mix of red, white, yellow onion sets and plants.
South Potatoes: -- Gourmetessa, All Blue, White Giant, Dakota Pearl and a mix of carry overs from last year. Corn:--- Buhl, Golden Early sweet Hickory Cane, Snowbird Mountan, Moseby Prolific, Eureka, King Philip dent and flint corn.
On a whim, I spent a hundred bucks for ten pounds of Chipperbec Potatoes, a chipping type not available on general consumer sites but it seems planting so late was a bad idea as last time I was home to check zero had come up. Now I know planting in June in Minn. is a bad idea but I had put some in just ten days earlier and they came up. You pays your monies and takes your chances.
Potatoes though were very, very, very slow to come out of the heavy leaf mulch on a whole. Some rows, all same type of potato planted same day, on one end of the row plants were starting to bloom and on the other end of the row they were just breaking out into the open. Potato patch is now a mass of green with , as I said taters in different state of growth , which to be honest is what both gardens are like.
The very hot humid weather did FINALLY get the gardens growing at a quick pace.