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Potatoes Need Room to Breathe and Other PHS Harvest Tips

September 15, 2021

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As part of PHS Harvest, PHS’s collective food growing initiative to combat food insecurity, PHS gardeners have teamed up with the team at Whole Foods Market to present several videos on growing produce, harvesting the items, plus some easy prep and storage tips. 

In its second year, PHS Harvest encourages people in the Greater Philadelphia region to become more self-reliant by growing their own food, sharing with others, and donating to make a difference in the fight against food insecurity. PHS Harvest aims to provide education and resources for novice gardeners to get growing, and for experienced gardeners to grow even more and share with those in need.

Today our focus is on the ever-popular potato

Potatoes Need Breathing Room!

Harvest 2021: Potato Tips with Whole Foods Market

Did you know potatoes stay fresh longer with air around them?

PHS’s Meadowbrook Farm, a free public garden, is participating in PHS Harvest, turning out hundreds of pounds of produce, including spring crops like lettuce, summer crops like beans, peas, squash, and tomatoes, and fall crops like garlic and onions. Marta and Abbey at Meadowbrook discuss how potatoes should be planted, grown, maintained, and harvested. Tips include:

  • Grow your potatoes in the ground, a bag or even a bucket! Just make sure there is good drainage.
  • Covering up your growing spuds with dirt is key so sunlight won’t affect the skins  

Potatoes are heavily requested from food banks. Daniela D’Ambrosio, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Prepared Foods Associate Coordinator, points out that potatoes are easy to keep, prepare, and eat. She suggests:

  • Choosing potatoes for their end use – waxy or starchy.  Choose waxy for boiling in soups, and starchy for baking applications.
  • Selecting potatoes without blemishes or other marks
  • Storing potatoes in a cool, dark spot like a pantry or basement

Overall, make sure your new spuds can breathe once harvested!

From April through late October, PHS Harvest welcomes produce donations to its network of food banks and other community organizations to provide access to fresh, healthy food to those in need. To sign up to grow as an individual gardener, or as part of a growing team, or to donate to the initiative, click the button below to learn more.

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