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The Queen of storage crops, delicious, sweet and nutritious!
Sweet potatoes are a crop we adore, and every Fall it’s a treat to get them out of the ground and packed up for you!THE QUENNELL FAMILY
Sweet Potatoes – No. 1
The sweet potatoes you love, in bulk to last you the whole year! U.S. number 1 ‘Orleans’ sweet potatoes packed in a waxed box, grown with love here in Interlaken!
Sweet Potatoes – Jumbo
Jumbo ‘Orleans’ sweet potatoes packed in a waxed box. These are truly large sweet potatoes, but with the same flavor and texture as the smaller ones.
‘Orleans’ – Moderately moist, orange skin and flesh
Some of the steps to grow sweet potatoes
- Order slips by March to make sure they don’t sell out
- Plow next years field and sow it to a cover crop of buckwheat for rotation
- Plow this years field and build hills for the future sweet potato slips
- Unpack slips from their shipping boxes the last week of May
- Heal them into potting soil to let them start rooting for 1 week in the greenhouse
- Plant them out into the prepared hills
- Water them twice daily for the first week
- Cultivate, cultivate, cultivate…
- Hand pull all the weeds that made it through cultivation
- After 4 or more months from planting day (usually October)…
- Mow down the vines to get them ready for harvest
- Cut the sides of the hills with discs to further remove the tangle of vines
- Harvest the roots into bins
- Pick up the irrigation tape out of the field
- Plow and if it’s early enough in the season plant a cover.
- Place the bins into a curing room at 85°F and high humidity for 7 days (without this step they are bland, starchy, and don’t store!)
- Cool them back down to 55° for storage
- Wash and pack into boxes and bins
- Market and sell them
- Spend the winter eating roasted sweet potatoes