The humble potato is my son's nemesis. Broccoli, asparagus, lima beans... no problem. But the potato, at least in any recognizable potato form, is his downfall.
Now, I'm thinking ahead, way ahead, to the day when I will have a teenage son. I hear they eat a lot. I hear they will eat you out of house and home. My son needs to learn to love potatoes, right?
When I announced that we were heading to Larriland Farm to dig potatoes I wasn't sure what reaction I would get. Farm = good, potatoes = bad, but apparently, the farm carried more weight and all of my kids were happy to come along. We followed the signs to the potato field and were met by a helpful farmer. He gave us a quick potato digging lesson. There are lots of weeds around the potato field, which is a sure sign that this farm does not use a lot of herbicides. That's a big plus to me, and our farmer friend explained a little bit about the farm's pest management philosophy. Then he handed us a shovel and we got to work.
Muddy work = good. Every shovelful of dirt is met with greedy little fingers that are snatching potatoes like they are buried treasure. By the time we stopped, we were the proud owners of 34 pounds of potatoes.
And yes, potatoes still = bad, but I haven't given up yet.
There are lots of other crops to pick at Larriland. In fact, they have the largest collection of pick-your-own crops that I have seen. Current options are peaches, blackberries, sweet onions, leeks, blueberries, red beets, potatoes and flowers. Check their website for daily updates.
2415 Woodbine Road
Woodbine, MD 21797