Thursday, January 5, 2012

Organic Farmers: Hill Your Potatoes!!

I have a pet peeve. I regularly experience organic potatoes that are severely sunburned. I cannot for the life of me figure out why avoiding chemicals prevents organic potato farmers from hilling their potatoes. So I buy organic potatoes to avoid ingesting chemicals, and instead risk poisoning from eating green potatoes.

I grew up on a farm. I have hilled my fair share of potatoes. My mother never harvested a single sunburned potato, of the 200 hills that she regularly planted every year. Now I understand that organic farmers producing potatoes on a large scale are planting more than 200 hills at a time, and that hilling them all might be a challenge, but I am not paying premium prices to get poor quality and potentially toxic produce! If anyone out there knows an organic potato farmer, please pass on my gripe. I too will start seeking them out and making complaints. Grr.

Yes, one can avoid the sunburned portions by peeling them, but I prefer to leave my peels intact, because they help retain nutrients and are full of fiber. When I have to buy potatoes from a store, I want non-sunburned, organic potatoes. Is that too much to ask?

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