Our earliest variety ofpotato, Desiree, is blooming and ready to dig. I have to say, that going out to the field at the end of April, digging in the soil for the very first potatoes, then bringing them back to Lorraine's kitchen, steaming them lightly, and serving them with lots of butter is just about the best meal of the year. For at least a week, I eat nothing but this.
The potatoes were planted in February and the yield at this time of the year is about one pound per plant. There is a white potato that is yielding a pound now, which I have to check the planting map to see which variety it is.