The main potato harvest is in. Last year I planted three sixteen foot rows which yielded 50.5 #. This year I planted two sixteen foot rows, used potatoes from them after I ran out of stored potatoes the end of June, and I still harvested 40#s. Not bad.
They have been hosed off, dried in the breeze, and sorted by size. The damaged ones go in my hod so I will use them first. I had very little wire worm damage this year, and I scraped up three of them while digging.
I still have the three eight foot rows planted late in the new bed. When I was watering them today I accidentally uncovered some. They look gorgeous. Today as I was digging these jewels and tallying my harvest I actually felt bad for people who don't have a chance to grow their own potatoes.
It must be a pretty good year in general for them. Friends of ours are getting a bumper crop as well. They had so many they brought them to our neighborhood pot luck wine tasting yesterday. They cut them into fries, fried them in a turkey fryer, and served them hot in large paper cups. Just add your own malt vinegar and salt to taste. I think that has to be the best usage I've ever seen for extra 'taters!