Monday, August 26, 2013

Raising Potatoes, Part 2...and Ultrarunning

I 'veblogged about what locally is referred to as "raising potatoes" a couple of times, here and here.

To bring you up to speed, this is what I wrote previously:

When we first moved to south central PA as newlyweds, the bride and I rented a trailer in the country and started a garden.
I soon heard the expression "raising potatoes" and naturally assumed it meant the complete life cycle act of growing potatoes, much like you'd raise a pet goat or a child.
Wrong. Around here the term has a very specific and narrow meaning, namely, the act of digging one's potato crop out of the ground. Thus one might grow potatoes, followed by raising same. Get it?
So, here is part of the 2013 crop.  These are the largest, baking-size potatoes.

This year brought an unusually large number of large, conjoined spuds, reminiscent of snowmen, such as this one:

And the obligatory connection to Ultrarunning? That's easy: many folks just love cut-up chunks of potatoes dipped in salt at aid stations during our races.

Me, not so much; I go for stuff that contains both protein and carbs, such as turkey and cheese sandwiches.

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