Buy A Potato, Help A School Garden Grow

By on October 26, 2011

There’s a piece of ground up in Mount Olive that has been growing potatoes as a very unique fundraiser: The spuds from School Lunch Farm are being sold to benefit a school garden program started by Slow Food Northern New Jersey, a group that advocates for sustainable farming. Some 1,200 pounds of potatoes have been harvested and you can buy them this weekend and in November at the Montclair Farmers Market.

The potatoes have been divided into two broad categories: brown-skinned and red-skinned. If you buy the brown-skinned assortment, you’ll get a mix of Green Mountain, Yukon Gold, Katahdin, Kennebec, Keuka Gold, German Butterball and the like. The red-skinned potatoes will include Red Pontiac, Norland Dark Red, Rose Gold, etc.  (yes, potatoes come in more varieties than the ones you see in the supermarket).

The brown-skinned potatoes cost $8 for 10 pounds and $15 for 20 pounds. The red skins are $10 for 10 pounds and $18 for 20 pounds. You can have Slow Food set aside a bag for you by sending them an e-mail.
The pickup is at the Slow Food table at the Montclair Farmers Market, which takes place in the Walnut Train Station parking lot. Slow Food will be there from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 29 and again on November 12.

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