Potato Planting at UMS

Last week, the UMS 1st grade classes helped plant potatoes, as a part of their agricultural life cycle unit.  When they return to school in the fall as 2nd graders, they will help harvest the potatoes, which will then be donated to the Colchester Food Shelf.  Check out some of the pictures from planting day!

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Our 1st Group of Planters… Say “Potato”!

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The Potato Lot behind the Food Shelf.

 

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Row of Potatoes

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Grandpa Perkins covering the Potato Rows

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The 1st Graders recieving their “I Planted a Potato” stickers!

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TIlling Party

Check out some of photos from our tilling party at the Old Fire station in Colchester village! Special thanks to Matt Rogers, Jeannie Perkins, and the SMC volunteers!

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Potato Recipes!

Thank you all for your submissions to our Potato Recipe Contest.  Here are some of the delicious recipes we received! (Who knew potatoes could be an appetizer, main course and a dessert?)

1) Tater Tot Hot Dish by Kate Wagner

A Wagner Family classic from the heart of the midwest, Austin Minnesota.
Tater Tot Hotdish1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
2 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups of frozen peas
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 t salt
1 1/2 t pepper
1 bag of tater tots

Brown the burger and strain the fat
add onions, salt, and pepper
in a hot dish (casserole dish) mix the cans of soup and the peas and carrots, then mix in the burger and onion mixture.
smooth out the mixture and add a layer of frozen tater tots to the top of the dish

Bake at 375 until the hotdish is bubbling beneath the tots and until the tots look crispy. Then let set for a few minutes and enjoy!! add salt and pepper to taste.

2) Potato Casserole by Scott Brady

Ingredients:

4 potatoes (of your choice), I like those Rose Blonde ones, or Red.(quartered sliced 1/2″pcs)
 1 red onion(small or 1/4 large)sliced & chopped
5 White large mushroom’s(sliced)
4 tbsp Olive oil
1 sprig fresh thyme
  4 large cloves garlic(sliced & diced)
1 cup grated cheese(cheddar/jack mix)
Salt & pepper
Preparation and cooking;   Blanch potatoes at high boil 5-10 min’s.(crisp not mushy) Strain.Set aside
Saute onions,garlic,mushroom’s and thyme in olive oil over low heat in sauce pan.
(Careful again not to over cook)
(careful to add garlic & thyme in the last minute’s as not to over cook or brown)
Mix ingredients into 3″ 8X10 baking dish.
salt&pepper to taste.Cover with grated cheese
And bake in pre-heated oven (325degree’s)
for 25 mins. Watch for excessive over browning

3) Potato Candy by Meagan Strader

INGREDIENTS
1.2 C. MASHED POTATOES
POWDERED SUGAR
PEANUT BUTTER (CHUNKY OR SMOOTH)
DIRECTIONS
COMBINE 1/2 CUP MASHED POTATOES AND POWDERED SUGAR UNTIL IT IS FIRM ENOUGH TO ROLL OUT LIKE A PIE CRUST OR COOKIE DOUGH.  THE MIXTURE WILL BECOME VERY WET – CONTINUE ADDING POWDERED SUGAR UNTIL YOU REACH DESIRED CONSISTENCY.  SPRINKLE POWDERED SUGAR ONTO THE MIXTURE WHILE ROLLING OUT TO KEEP IT FROM STICKING TO ROLLING PIN.  SPREAD PEANUT BUTTER ON TOP OF THE “DOUGH” YOU HAVE CREATED. ROLL INTO A “JELLY ROLL” AND SLICE INTO PIECES OF DESIRED THICKNESS.
THIS IS VERY RICH!  (AND YOU WON’T TASTE THE POTATO)
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Update on Recipe Contest

Today was the last day of Tuberville’s Potato Recipe Contest. Thank you to all who submitted recipes, and to those who forwarded to contest to your friends and families.  Keep posted for the results and an update on contest winners!

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Update on Tuberville Recipe Contest

Greetings,

We will be extending the Potato Recipe Contest for another week. The deadline is now 4/11. So don’t forget to submit your treasured recipes to rcampbell@mail.smcvt.edu.

Thanks again!

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Tuberville Recipe Contest is Here!

Tuberville is compiling original recipes featuring your favorite ingredient: The Tater!
The contest is open to all, and recipes will be judged with the following categories in mind: Most original, easiest to make, use of most potato varieties in one dish, most decadant…..
Prizes include: $35 gift certificate to Papa Franks, $25 gift certificate to the Skinny Pancake, and a selection of other prizes including Vermont made maple syrup and Tuberville Tees and novelty items.
In addition, submissions may be published in an upcoming cookbook project that we hope to partner with the Vermont State Grange to Create!
Please make sure to only submit family-owned recipes without a copyright, as those are the only ones we will be able to use. Also, include any history or background on the recipes if possible.
To participate, or if you have any questions/comments,  please send your potato recipes to rcampbell@mail.smcvt.edu
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Tuberville the Series Returns: Behind the Scenes of Episode 3 and 4

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Potato Pick-Me-Up and the Planting Process

An old man wrote to his son in jail. He complained that he was too elderly to dig up his garden to plant this year’s potatoes.

The son wrote back to his father ending his letter with “don’t dig up the garden dad, that’s where I hid the money from the robbery”

Next morning a van full police men arrived at the dad’s house and dug up the garden looking for the money. They found nothing.

The father then wrote to his son in jail asking what he should do about the garden.

The son wrote back “Now you can plant the potatoes”…

Growing potatoes is a process that requires intensive, physical labor. Potatoes in Vermont and on the Tuberville sites are generally planted in late spring, or late April and early May.
Planting marks the beginning of the growing season. Potato seeds are planted in long rows and covered with fertilizers and soil. Each potato tuber must have an eye to sprout a new potato plant. As the tuber grows and breaks through the soil it is necessary for the grower to pile soil around the base of the plant. This cultivating process is commonly referred to as “hilling”; tubers that are exposed to the sun during the growing season become sunburned and turn green. This critically affects the potato’s appearance, taste, and market value.
When growing the seed into the potato, the farmer needs to cultivate and make sure that the new soil can be dug up. The farmer has to make sure before harvest that that the blossoms are showing. They need to mature before they are dug up.

Tuberville currently plants on a community garden style, one-acre plot in Colchester.This community garden model is very labor intensive using simple machinery and hand tools much like what would be done in a family garden. Tuberville currently produces between 4,000 – 6,000 pounds of potatoes per season this way.

The potato planting and harvesting process is supported by the physical labor of the community, as well as the support of our online community. By purchasing a CSA, individuals or businesses buy a “share” of Tuberville’s acreage, which supports the cost of production.  At the end of harvesting, the crops are then donated to charities, compliments of the shareholder.

The purchase of a Sharecropper, on the other hand, allows for the individual to rent a row of the potatoes.  The renter would then have more access to decisions surrounding the planting and growth of the potatoes, such as which type of potatoes or to which local charity he or she wishes to donate.

Check out the website for more information on how to join the Tuberville community.

http://tuberville.org/join.php

 

 

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Tuberville’s upcoming year…

Greetings!

Thanks to everyone who tuned into the pilot of Tuberville the Series. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please visit TubervilleTheSeries.com.

We wanted to provide some details to our loyal followers on the upcoming year for Tuberville, as we look to expand our community. For those of you who are subscribed to the Voices emails, the Tuberville FIlm Festival has invaded, so check your email for details! In addition, Tuberville the Series will start filming again in a couple weeks, so keep your eyes open for updates and info regarding the next episode…

Have a favorite family recipe featuring the beloved potato? Tuberville needs your help! We will be hosting a recipe contest within the next few weeks, and we want your delicious original or family recipes. Contest details will be posted here and on our Facebook page, so pull out that recipe box or call up granny for her famous potato salad recipe.. For those of you who love taters and good competition, you won’t want to miss out.

Harvesting this year will continue with the Sharecropper 3.0 in West Milton and the CSA. 2. in Williamstown with Barb and Bob Chapelle. The Colchester community garden will be growing squash this year,so those sneaky potato beetles can die out naturally.  Tuberville will be hosting its annual fundraiser later this spring in April or May, and as always, you can check out tuberville.org to see the different donation options.

Thank you for all your support and interest as we move forward on another year of exciting Tuberville projects!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tuberville Cast

The Tuberville Cast

Greetings from Tuberville. It has been a long time since our last blog update, but we’re back to share some exciting news. Since our last entry, many great things have been brewing at Tuberville. One if which is Tuberville the Series, a set of web episodes which will air its pilot on Friday, Feb. 17th.  Check out the facebook page to see more pictures from the first days on set!

http://www.facebook.com/TubervilleTheSeries

We want to send a special thanks to the cast and crew for working so hard on such a great project.  TTS was produced by goodfocus, a production company out of Maine. Goodfocus often produces documentary-style projects, but has used a genre it calls “Magical Realism” for the storytelling in the Tuberville Series.  In this way, we hope that the Series will not only entertain, but also serve as a means of displaying the message and purpose of the Tuberville organization.

The  plot follows a young man named Russ, who heads to his grandfather’s potato farm after his death. He arrives with the intention of changing the farm from its seemingly old-fashioned methods to a more efficient and profitable business. However, over the course of his stay at Tuberville, he learns a valuable lesson about the real purpose of the farm. Rather than changing Tuberville, Tuberville starts to change him…

Shooting for further episodes of Tuberville the Series will begin on March 9th. Keep your eyes peeled for updates, possible interviews with the cast/crew, as well as photos from our next days on set in Williamstown, Vermont. We are very excited about this project, and hope that all of you can share in this excitement with us!

For further info on TTS, check out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2214413/

or, find out more about goodfocus productions at:

http://goodfocus.net/about.html

 

 

 

 

 

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