Last Week’s 15th Share & Sweet Potatoes

There are 8 Shares in the cooler still to be picked up–We’ll hold them today, and then fold them into the Extra’s for Week 16 Pick Up on Thursday.  Hope you can make it out!-we took the time to set them up for you…please take the time to come and pick them up. 

You may have noted a few changes to the Week 15 Share–No Swiss chard…it, too, along with the lettuce, has been given up to aphids…Those pesky buggars–they are supposed to disappear with the cold…but it really has not been cold enough! Also, no time to dig beets, and onions were white instead of yellow, but I’m sure those changes were okay– 🙂

Some notes on the Sweet Potatoes —

I spent the weekend in Colorado with my grandkids!  Grandma baked up the sweet potatoes in the oven.  But they were not as sweet as Grandma would have liked them. 

I chose the bigger sweet potatoes which it turned out were not cured completely.  They were still yummy-but if you have some larger yams, set them aside in a cool, dark place (50 degrees) for a week to let the starches convert to sugars.  Commercial sweet potatoes are cured for a month or more, but we don’t have the space and use our greenhouse.  Last year the temps were cooler and we kept the potatoes longer–this year’s temps were warmer and we could not keep them as long.  The potatoes have brown patches and are starting to wrinkle because of the heat.  We needed to get them out of the greenhouse.  The smaller potatoes should be sweeter as they are less dense.  (My mind is already rolling on a simple curing facility for next year!)

Another note on sweet potatoes–ours were not sprayed with herbicides or insecticides.  The suggested pest management system for Commercially grown sweet potatoes recommends Admire, Lorsban, and Telone as pre-plants in the ground and Admire again as a soil drench 30-45 days after transplanting the potato slips.  They then recommend the use of 7 insecticides on a 7-14 day plan.

Sweet potatoes do not appear on the Dirty Dozen list because we don’t eat the peels which contain the concentration of ‘cides’.  Keep in mind that the Dirty Dozen is a comparison between produce and their levels of contamination, not a list of what produce is contaminated and what is clean.

 

Enjoy the fresh produce!   The Farmer’s Wife

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