I grew up thinking a potato was a potato...something you mashed and served with gravy. Or, you fried them to have with your eggs for breakfast. An extra special treat was a trip to a fast food for the occasional burger and “fries!” My mom used to boil small potatoes whole and season with butter and parsley. But, to me they were all just potatoes. In other words, a “tater is a tater!”
Well, have I ever learned different since I have been around real farmers vs. a grocery store to purchase my potatoes!!!
Did you know that a potato isn't just the starch and calorie builder that we all thought it was? They contain protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, niacin, folate and fiber! Who knew they could be so healthy! We all need potatoes in our diet and the varieties are numerous!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market members have done their homework when it comes to potatoes. No more boring, plain taters for me! We get to choose from a great variety of heirloom and commonly known “spuds!” Here's just a few of the varieties available at our market this week...
A bit more potato info...new potatoes are moist and waxy and are best for steaming, boiling and in salads. Oblong mature white potatoes are dry and starchy and best used for baking, mashed or “fries!” The round red taters have a sort of waxy texture and that makes them great for boiling or mashing. Usually round white potatoes are thin-skinned and they hold their shape well in salads....but they are great for boiling and roasting too! Yellow-fleshed ones are good for steaming, roasting and mashing. But I have to admit that they all taste great with gravy!!! If you are looking for a specific way to prepare potatoes, don't be afraid to ask the farmer...they grew them and they know the best ways to cook them!
Geez, looks like I went on a “tater” rant today but believe me that's not all that you'll find at our markets this week. Look for the homegrown treats available during a Kentucky summer month...tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, melons, green beans, flowers, herbs, eggplant and so much more!
Market Hours at our Richmond Rd. location in the parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet, next to the Glenn Auto Mall are...
Tuesday 3 - 6:30
Saturday 9 – 2
Thursday market hours at the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike are...
4 – 6:30
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is guaranteed 100% homegrown or produced!
And, we are all certified KENTUCKY PROUD!
We're the only Lexington farmers market that can say that!
~*~WE GROW, RAISE or MAKE WHAT WE SELL~*~