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Monday, January 28, 2008

I love Potatos

I don't know what it is about them, but I do thoroughly enjoy them. Potatoes are one of those things that can be cooked so many ways of which all are pretty much yum. I feel that instead of shrimp, Bubba should have went on about all the ways that potatoes could be cooked. If there were only potatoes and eggs to be consumed in the world, I would be a happy man. I even put potatoes in my eggs every morning. I am salivating as I type this just thinking of getting to eat that conglomerate together when I wake up. Oh my.

Grow Baby Grow!!!

Going to try and do the clean potato method on this batch. You make a trench and lightly cover the potatoes. As they grow, you add straw. You keep adding straw as the tubers get longer and then when it is time to harvest the potatoes, they are on top of hay and not in the dirt. "Take a chance, Columbus did." Uncle D.

Today I planted our first batch of potatoes. Last year we planted some and they were the best potatoes I have ever had. So crispy. We eat nothing but red potatoes. They are so much more healthier for you than any other potato; especially the skin. So today I planted about 20#'s worth and in about 6 weeks, I will plant 40 or 50 more pounds. Like I said before, one of my 2008 goals is having a large enough garden this year to support at least 10 families. This is all new to us so we will have to see how it works out. I don't know how much food it takes to feed 10 families but hopefully we will come out ok. Who knows, maybe we will have enough for 15-20.

Now that I have the goats moved to their new home, I now realize how much I enjoy them. They have absolutely no purpose on our farm. As a matter of fact, they are probably the only animal on the farm that will never get eaten. This being said, their only purpose is to have babies, eat, and be loved. Two of them are much more friendly than the other two but I feel they are coming along. I feel that at least 2 of them are pregnant, although I don't know how far along. I feel one should be having a kid anytime. I felt her milk bag and it is full. How exciting will that be. I love the miracle of life, not the movie, and can't wait to see what they look like. These are pygmy goats too so I know they can't help but be cute.

Cute little girls (Thelma & Louise). They keep getting fatter and fatter.

Other female (Anna Bell). Hopefully will have her kid soon


The Kramer Family said...

I hold the kittens. And I hold the pigs. The goats are fat.

I love my daddy. I pick the eggs. I like working with daddy.


Sarah Shalley said...

The goats are adorable! I don't know anything about pygmies but regular boar goats taste pretty good!
You and Daniel would get along GREAT...he loves potatoes too. I need to know more of Bubba's way of cooking them so that I don't get tired of them as often as I do.

Aldape family said...

POTATOES ROCK!!!! I thought I was going to have to give them up with the new foodstyle change. BUt when I found out that the red potatoes were okay, I literly jummped up and down with excitement. Kayla wanted me to tell you that they are fiberlicious!!! I'm glad you are falling for the goats, I always figured you would eventually. I'd say I'd take one but I don't think Kayla would let me, maybe you could work on her for me, potatoes look good. Hope to be out there soon.

Liz said...

Hi Jason,

I really appreciated your post on the potatoes. I'm planting my first real garden now and would love to see more of what you're doing!


buzzsaw said...

Regarding your feeding ten families comment I read in "1956 The Yearkbook of Agriculture - Animal Diseases", that farmers had to produce 3 tons of food a year to feed a family of four, and that families ate 25% more meat, eggs, poultry, and dairy products in 1956 than they did in 1935. Just an interesting bit. That was a lot of 'taters though. Hope you enjoyed them. Did you find fireants to be a problem when you "dug" them out of the hay?