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This spud's for you!

Potatoes are one of the most affordable, versatile vegetables around, but you may not know how many different types of spuds you can chose from.



Potatoes are one of the most affordable, versatile vegetables around, but you may not know how many different types of spuds you can chose from.

Tom and Heidi Kirkland grow 30 varieties of potatoes in the rich soil of Sonoma County, including yellow, purple, and pink-and-white-striped spuds.

Tom's great grandfather William, a survivor of the Irish potato famine, started the farm in 1853. Tom's grandfather Thomas grew potatoes for 50 years, and his grandson was happy to continue the tradition.

"I used to sit in our barn and watch my grandfather sort potatoes," said Tom. "This is a really enjoyable job and I'm pretty proud of our history."

Oh! Tommy Boy's Farm near Petaluma sells potatoes at retail, on the farm, at farmers' markets and to some of the top chefs in the wine country, including Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Yountville.

"When Tom and Heidi's potatoes come in our door, we can imagine the ground that they came out of," said Fred Langley, chef/owner of Langley's on the Green in Windsor, Sonoma County. "We can see Tom and Heidi sorting them in their 100-year-old barn that they've taken very good care of. To be a part of their passion and carry that through to the guests is really important. Plus, their potatoes taste better!"


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