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Year of Plenty

Thanksgiving Dinner Debrief

 (Craig Goodwin)
(Craig Goodwin)

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner from locally sourced ingredients (mostly). The turkey is from Rocky Ridge Ranch and it was great. The highlight of the meal was our tri-colored mashed potatoes from this year's garden harvest. We used purple, red and white fleshed varieties, mashed them separately and then combined them into one of the funniest looking Thanksgiving side dishes ever. It's hard to believe, but no artificial colors were used, just the natural color of the potato flesh. It was a bit confusing though. My eyes told me I was eating Grandma's jello chifon salad or Neopolitan ice cream but my mouth indicated they were lucious warm mashed potatoes.

We've got enough potatoes to see us through the winter (250 lbs +) and I highly recommend them for the home garden, but don't grow Yukon Golds or Russetts. There is nothing more discouraging than working hard to grow vegetable varieties you can buy in the store for pennies on the pound. We always go to Northwest Seed and Pet in the early spring and load up on a bunch of different varieties; pink, purple, and fingerling. If you have to choose one I'd go with the fingerlings. They are more prolific than the purples and the flesh is smooth as silk. There are different varieties of fingerlings but every one we've tried has been great.

Tradition says to plant potatoes on Good Friday.

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at