Hash browns, French fries, tater tots and chips! Yummy!- and all made from potatoes. This Greenie Program was started in May with the planting of Kennebec potatoes. It was an early harvest last Saturday when delicate white spuds were lifted out of the soil.
The program started with two readings, “Up Down and Around” by Katherine Ayres, got everyone introduced to vegetables and the direction they grow in. Children shared their own stories about vegetables in their home gardens. None of kids were growing potatoes in their own gardens, so the excitement was building!
The second book was “Two Old Potatoes and Me” by John Coy, which was an informal guide to planting potatoes. A young girl discovers withered and sprouting spuds in the kitchen cupboard and with her father’s guidance they cut up the spuds and plant them. Watering, hilling the dirt, weeding, and watching out for Colorado Potato Beetles, all lead up to potatoe harvest time. Would we be digging up potatoes in the Community gardens? Or would our spuds be duds?
After the books everyone went to the gardens and a shovel was retrieved from the shed. Children gathered around the plants…the spade made a cut in the soil…POTATOES! POTATOES ! POTATOES! Nature had not disappointed us. The children were so excited, we just kept digging. We soon filled the bucket one third full with different sized spuds. The harvest yielded one potato for each child.
The spud party spilled back inside, where a blind potato chip tasting got under way. The flavors of the chips were: salt and vinegar, aged cheddar and sour cream, and garden tomato and basil. The chip voted best flavor was salt and vinegar. Who knew a vegetable could be so much fun?
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