The first time we had locally-grown potatoes, we were blown away. These dusty, knobby, decided unsexy vegetables that we bought on a whim at the farmers market had actual flavor! And so creamy! Blah-tasting vehicles for cheese and bacon no longer, these taters are tops.
From the markets I've been to, local potatoes are usually the same price or cheaper than potatoes at the grocery store. Red-skinned waxy potatoes tend to be the most common, which is fine with me since they're my favorite.
The potato season is long enough that you can almost find them year-round, especially if you have a winter farmers market in your area or can find a farm that offers a winter CSA. Potatoes store incredibly well, up to a few months, as long as you keep them cool and dry.
Definitely pick up a pound or two next time you see potatoes at the farmers market. Try just roasting them first so you can get the real taste and texture of the potato. But local potatoes can certainly be used in any recipe you normally need potatoes. They improve any dish they are a part of.
Have you ever tried locally-grown potatoes?
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