Post by canadamike on Sept 24, 2011 17:45:02 GMT -5
I have grown loads of Tom's potatoes in the last years, and one thing comes to my mind, a phrase he wrote somewhere«:''some will be duds, most will be average, some will be exceptional''.
Truely, he speaks, when he says that, like a commercial breeder, where if something has to be recognized it's got to bring some difference on the table, or, to say truely, amongst ''people of the trade''.
The darn ordinary truth is that, if you grow them organicly as they were mostly bred, you will end up, even with the average ones, with TASTE. They might not be of merit to replace similar ones already in the trade, but gosh are they good anyway in the mouth and perfectly beautiful on a plate...so what is average for a breeder might be a pure treasure for a food lover.
Last year we went through ( my friends and I) many 100 pounds bags of kind of pinkish skinned potatoes, too pale for market , but lord...were they flavorful..
Again, beware...what is average for Tom is probably heaven for most...
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2011 17:55:11 GMT -5 by canadamike
.......«:''some will be duds, most will be average, some will be exceptional''. .......... Again, beware...what is average for Tom is probably heaven for most...
Great words there canadamike! Tom's work has been a real discovery for me, and I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to try out, in a small way, what lots of you experienced growers are doing. I kind of feel like I've been allowed to play with the older kids in the school playground for a while!
Growing the TPS has been a real journey.
here are the "tiddlers" i currently contemplating how best to cook and eat them
And I still can't figure out how to post more than one photo at a time
Then you can do that with as many photos as you want.
As for TPS:
We're going to promote that more and more. It's easier and cheaper to ship, it's relatively easy to keep clean and disease-free (Tom cleans his potato seeds pretty thoroughly), the seedlings tend to be quite vigorous, it's the most economical way to plant out many hills, it's easier to keep a wide variety in stock than trying to keep the equivalent number of tubers available, and it's available all year whereas we don't have refrigeration for the tubers so tuber season is short.
Some folks actually require it for various reasons, and we're one of the few sources in the USA (actually, the only one I know of. You can sometimes mail-order a single variety that I'm aware of).
Post by tatermater on Sept 30, 2011 9:38:28 GMT -5
Taking a few minutes out of my busy schedule....picking tomatoes, extracting tomato seed, sowing over one hundred varieties of grain, filling late orders, and just a minute ago...extracted true potato seed of 25 berries from a single plant of HOWIE MANDEL.
Once again this is a good berry maker. I will list it in the online catalog this year and not as a 'free gift' this time. The variety is a near look alike of the picture shown by Hastings 1066...a light violet colored skin of a oval...near fingerling shape.
I sliced up a sample tuber of HOWIE MANDEL in order to take a photo with my cell phone. Light yellow flesh with a purple ring. I fried up the several slices with some sausage to determine the flavor and texture. A pleasant earthy flavor with a high dry matter...yet slightly waxy texture. Must of had low sugar...no caramelizing browning to speak of.
HOWIE MANDEL....the cross is between Mandel and John Tom Kaighin...is a tall...very erect vine with pronounced pigmentation in the stems and leaves. It yields well in a field with no irrigation.
Later on I will dig my TPS seedlings of H. M. to compare to Hastings' group photo of seedling tubers.
Thanks...Michel, Hastings 1066 and Atash for your comments
Look for TPS of HOWIE MANDEL to show up on the website for New World Seeds & Tubers sometime this winter. My seed has been primed with TSP to hasten germination with reduced sprouting inhibitors.