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Dec 4, 2020 - 2:41:42 PM

Owen

Canada

7491 posts since 6/5/2011

....and that's no oxymoron!!     ... and furthermore it's both absolute #s and cwt/hectare [whatever a hectare is].

 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-potato-production-manitoba-alberta-1.5828755#:~:text=Stats%20Can's%20report%20shows%20that,s%20was%202.1%20billion%20pounds.

Dec 4, 2020 - 2:59:15 PM

56505 posts since 12/14/2005

So now, nobody can call the grocery store and ask


"Do you have Prince Albert in a can? I mean a can of potatoes, from the region which produces the MOST potatoes in ALL of Canada, and was therefore named after his royal highness?!??!
"
How sad for the pranksters

Dec 4, 2020 - 3:31:35 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

A square kilometer is a patch of 10 x 10 = 100 hectares, they being 100m x 100m each.
Sparing ridiculosity and suppositories, I buy my potatoes from a local market garden.
The only variety that I can recall looking forward to eating, every time.

Dec 4, 2020 - 3:46:26 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

54859 posts since 10/5/2013

I like my fries from Alberta spuds...

Dec 4, 2020 - 4:00:46 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14634 posts since 9/27/2007
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I helped with a potato harvest  in P.E.I once! I was surprised they grew tobacco there too.

My brother lived near Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta. I have never seen soo many acres of potatoes.

Edited by - bubbalouie on 12/04/2020 16:02:40

Dec 4, 2020 - 4:09:43 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

Maybe 20 varieties of potatoes growing in the McBride district.
One place made fries from a different variety each week for a couple of months.
Very, very different.

I can do 1/4" slices in my Panini machine in 4 minutes.
Since the lid gets hot, I can melt herb butter in a little pot up there to baste the slices.

It's common knowledge that the Russians and the Chinese visited the Pacific Northwest coast before the Europeans showed up. There's some legend that Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit were raiding and trading, even for slaves, some indeterminate distance south along the coast.

What is fact is that all three of those First Nations are cultivating an exact genetic clone of a Peruvian potato in huge open patches in the BC and Alaskan forests. Very quiet but possibly for centuries.

Dec 4, 2020 - 5:25:17 PM
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Owen

Canada

7491 posts since 6/5/2011

Fwiw, I've heard that without irrigation, one is unable to get a contract [w/McCains] to grow potatoes.   Around Carberry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carberry,_Manitoba  there's quite a few signs making sure one knows he's in "King Spud Country."

Spud travels to King Spud Country - Manitoba, Canada

BUT, both my wife and I recall seeing a sign welcoming us to "King Spud Country,"  somewhere in the US Mid-west... and both my wife and I can't recall the exact location.  sad

And for anybody wanting to get from Prince Albert to Prince Edward Island  this could be invaluable: https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Prince-Albert/Prince-Edward-Island

I had a brother who worked in PEI [or "pie" as I occasionally call it] for several years. One tale he liked to tell was how some farmers went from being regular farmers to millionaires and back to regular farmers in a <2 year span.  Unusual jump in prices apparently produced profits of $1000 per acre for potatoes.... some farmers had 1000 acres.  Lots of new machinery and cars around .... until prices plummeted to below average the next year.   C'est la vie, I suppose.

Edited by - Owen on 12/04/2020 17:33:02

Dec 4, 2020 - 5:32:58 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

54859 posts since 10/5/2013

Well, Eddie Albert on Green Acres was a man of the plough..... some called him Edward.

I’ve hauled a few loads of frozen fries out of this place ......


 

Dec 4, 2020 - 5:42:12 PM

56505 posts since 12/14/2005

Make SURE what you're looking at, before you bite into  it!

    

Dec 4, 2020 - 6:05:14 PM

Owen

Canada

7491 posts since 6/5/2011

Mike, it's taken me 'til now.....  but I think I've got it. yes

Edited by - Owen on 12/04/2020 18:09:00

Dec 4, 2020 - 9:27:26 PM

donc

Canada

6503 posts since 2/9/2010

I saw a Disney movie as a kid that showed a farm with red dirt. It was about Uncle Reamus, Brar Rabbit and the tar baby etc. I didn't believe it was real but my dad explained that in the state of Georgia they really have red dirt. When I visited P.E.I in 2004 I got to see lots of red dirt. It's obvious that the red dirt [ containing iron]. is a major contributor to the unique taste of the P.E.I. potato. Potatoes can be grown almost anywhere. I've heard the there are thousands of different varieties of potatoes. Anything from the east coast is going to be more expensive here on the west coast. Most people around here will go to the store and choose based on price. Alberta is closer and B.C.ers will buy what is cheap.

Dec 4, 2020 - 9:44:15 PM

chuckv97

Canada

54859 posts since 10/5/2013

Hate to put a damper on the potato enthusiasm here, but they are a nightshade plant along with tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant. Not good for older banjo pickers’ arthritis - my flexibility has improved immensely since I quit eating the spuds, other than maybe some fries once a month. That and apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, avocado oil,,,,, ,,,etc., blah, blah, blah.

Dec 5, 2020 - 3:13:09 AM

Paul R

Canada

13671 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by donc

I saw a Disney movie as a kid that showed a farm with red dirt. It was about Uncle Reamus, Brar Rabbit and the tar baby etc. I didn't believe it was real but my dad explained that in the state of Georgia they really have red dirt. When I visited P.E.I in 2004 I got to see lots of red dirt. It's obvious that the red dirt [ containing iron]. is a major contributor to the unique taste of the P.E.I. potato.  ...


You can sing about it, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7knB3VtAqY&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNEg65rlnu4&feature=emb_logo

Dec 5, 2020 - 6:54:48 AM

Owen

Canada

7491 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

<snip> Not good for older banjo pickers’ arthritis  <snip> 

Yes!!  https://giphy.com/gifs/thinkproducts-IbOiFIJcSlHW2rgVUa 

It looks like I'm home free..... arthritis?...check..... old(er)? ....check.... but nobody's gonna mistake me for  bein' a banjo picker.   crying

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