(225 varieties to choose from, well before the Derecho of 2020, now we are struggling to recover)
Please note all photos were taken in April and the sweet potatoes were dug in early October. This is to give an indication of the storage capabilities of each variety. All of our written descriptions are made from freshly dug roots in October and as the roots age colors change on many. The skin surfaces become duller and the flesh colors yellow in white varieties. All of these photos were taken on the top of a freezer underneath grow lights in the basement where the roots are stored. We are still working with the program as some appear fine on the view screen and then do not show up online the same way.
We are very sorry for all of the unavailable varieties. On August 9,2020 we tilled between the rows in anticipation of an upcoming rain storm. As we plant on black plastic and our soil is very sandy it makes planning for tillage before a rain a necessity to make the best use of the moisture. Our soil is quirky and if not disturbed after a rain will actually hold the moisture down a few inches very well but if tilled after a rain will wick out the moisture quickly. On August 10 we had a Derecho or land hurricane that gave us 100 mph winds for close to an hour and the devastation was great. We were blessed with no lost buildings or livestock but many all across the state lost homes, buildings and had near total devastation. Our worst damage was the areas where I tilled the day before and the loose sand was picked up by the wind and ripped the plastic out of the ground and literally rolled the plants up like you would roll up a soft shell taco . We lost many sweet potatoes and tomatoes and peppers. Where we have a supply of sweet potatoes they were planted in another section that had not been tilled and they did very well. We will work overtime to try to get things all back to normal for 2022. We sure hope we do not totally lose any varieties.
The above statement was written for 2021 listings. We were hopeful some of the small roots we did obtain from the storm damaged plants would survive but in many cases they simply did not produce sprouts in 2021 and what at first appeared to be a loss of many varieties turned out to be even greater when others did not sprout. We are hopeful some of the lost ones are still in someones hands and we can get them back.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO ORDER THE ASSORTMENTS THEY ARE FOUND IN THE ORDERING INFORMATION SECTION. PLEASE RESPECT THE MAXIMUM SLIPS AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEAR.
8633 - Early. Bush, normal leaf, reddish-orange skin, orange flesh, above average yield. A great producer but a less than ideal slip producer. Erratic slip production is the biggest issue with this variety and makes supply a bit challenging again this year .This is one variety that tends to start starting about mid June in abundance. Certified Organic Slips, 6 for $10.00, 12 for $17.50, 25 for $32.00
Acadian- Early-midseason, bush, normal leaf, deep copper orange skin and flesh. Slip production is too difficult to predict so we will be working on a method to get a more reliable crop. We hope to offer this variety as soon as we get the quirks worked out. Certified Organic Slips, UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL INTHE DERECHO OF 2020.
Allgold - Early. Vining, tan skin with orange flesh, heavy yields. It does best in heavy soils. In our loosest sand it is difficult to get the roots dug without breaking them. In our “heavier” soil areas, it does fine. Introduced in 1952 by Oklahoma. State. Certified Organic Slips. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL INTHE DERECHO OF 2020.
Batas- Mid-season. Vining, normal leaf, creamy white skin and white flesh, vigorous vines. Half the roots are directly under a central plant. Remaining roots are spread out over a large area. Above average yields. Certified Organic Slips, 6 slips for $10.00, 12 slips for $17.50, 25 slips for $32.00
Beetlejuice (formerly W-392) - Early/Mid-season. Semi-bush, deep cut leaves, readily flowers. Copper pink-orange skin, pale orange flesh, good yields. In 2012, when we were hit hard with Japanese Beetles, this variety was covered day after day in the starting bed with beetles. In 2013, with less beetles, we still could find this variety covered with Japanese Beetles to the point where it glistened from 200 feet away. They were attracted to it now (2015) 3 years in a row. It made spraying easy as the bugs concentrated on this variety. Saved spray (Organic Pyganic), saved time and still this variety produced a great crop. Only problem is that it is not a prolific sprouter. Certified Organic Slips, 3 slips for $10.00.
Canada Beauty- Early. vining, rapid viner and thin but thick dense foliage. Very high yields of pale orange fleshed pinkish skinned roots. One would not normally think of having such great yields early on from a variety that has so much vine growth . Certified Organic Slips, 6 for $10.00, 12 slips for $17.50, 25 slips for $32.00
Continental Red- (Heirloom Variety) Early. Semi-bush, cut leaf, pink-red skin, light orange flesh, above average yield. Edmond Brown in southern Missouri obtained this one in the early 1990’s. Certified Organic slips.UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.
Cook's Family Heirloom
Cook’s Family Heirloom- Early. Vining, normal leaves, many pink red skinned orange flesh roots under the plant. Very high yields. For the best storage they need to be dug prior to the soil becoming cold or wet. Certified Organic Slips. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.
Delaware Purple - Early. Purple red skin, intense white flesh, vigorous vines, fantastic yields. This one never seems to fail with nice uniform roots. We routinely make late plantings around July 18and still get a decent yield of uniform roots by October 2. Certified Organic Slips, 6 slips for $10.00, 12 slips for $17.50, 25 slips for $32.00
Edna Evans- (Heirloom Variety) Mid-season. Vining, normal leaf, salmon colored skin, orange flesh, average yields. Barbara Lund originally gathered this one from the rural parts of Ohio. Certified Organic Slips.UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.
Eureka - Mid-season. Vigorous vines, normal leaf, carrot orange skin, orange flesh, roots tend to be large carrot shape , thin and very long in great abundance, average yield. I think this one would be great for heavy clay soils as it should force the roots to plump up. Certified Organic Slips.UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.
Georgia Jet- Early. Vining, normal leaf, pink-/red skin, orange flesh, above average yield. While this continues to be a popular variety, I find it to be one of the least desirable ones to grow. Yes, it is early. Yes, it gets big, but it cooks up mushy It doesn’t have the flavor or resistance to cracking that some of the other varieties we carry have. We sincerely hope that you will try some of the more flavorful heirlooms that we offer. While you may not get an 8 to 10 pound “whopper”, you’re going to get something that will tantalize your taste buds with the heirlooms. We have been working with a new clone of this from Duck Creek Farms and it has much better crack resistance. In 2017 we planted our crop July 6 and harvested in early October with over 99% usable sized crack free roots. We hope to continue to select for top quality roots. 2018 also proved to see this selection rise in favorability. 2019 showed continued good quality crack free roots. Certified Organic Slips, 6 slips for $10.00 .
Georgia Red- Mid-season. Semi-bush, normal leaf, tan/orange skin, deep orange flesh, above average yield. While this has the name Georgia Red, it has always been the same color as indicated above (and has never been red) I’ve grown it for over 20 years. This may not be the same sweet potato that people in the South call Georgia Red. Certified Organic Slips, 6 slips for $10.00, 12 slips for $17.50, 25 slips for $32.00
Ginseng Red- (Heirloom Variety) Early. Large, semi-bush, cut leaf, pinkish/red skin, light orange flesh, excellent yield. Obtained in 1989 from Benny Michiti in Virginia whose wife’s father had been growing it for over 40 years. Flavor improves if kept for 6 weeks. Certified Organic Slips. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.
Hayman - (Heirloom Variety) Mid-season. Vining, normal leaf, cream colored skin, cream flesh, average yield. Plants tend to produce very large numbers of smaller sized roots. This one never seems to get very large, but flavor is good. Certified Organic Slips, 6 slips for $10.00, 12 slips for $17.50, 25 slips for $32.00, 50 slips for $60.00
Heartogold - Early. Developed in 1947. Vining, normal leaf, huge yields of tan skinned, bright orange flesh potatoes. Young plants appear spindly and frail, but will take off growing rapidly if given proper care. Certified Organic Slips. Unavailable in 2022, back in 2023 thanks to Yanna Fishman.
Hernandez- Mid-season. Vigorous vines normal leaf, dark orange skin, dark orange flesh. Tends to be very moist when cooked, above average yields. Slow to sprout. Most likely not shipped before June 15. Introduced in 1992 by Louisiana State University. Certified Organic Slips, 3 slips for $10.00.
Hong Hong - Early. Semi-bush, normal leaf, purple skin, white flesh, flowers early, large roots located under plant. One of my favorite ones to grow as it can bulk up so fast you can get some real big ones. When we first tried eating them we baked them wrapped in foil and it was just mediocre in flavor. In April after the starting beds were made there were a few extra so I dry roasted them in a pan in the oven and wow they were delicious.Certified Organic Slips, 3 slips $10.00. Thanks to the Vanderhart family in Nebraska for saving this one, after we lost it to the Derecho.
Ivis White Cream
Ivis White Cream- (Heirloom Variety) Early. Vining, normal leaf, cream skin, cream flesh, uniform roots, excellent yields. Obtained in 1989 from Dorothy Walters in Tennessee who got it from her husbands uncle. A true Tennessee heirloom. I have always enjoyed this variety since first obtaining it 30 years ago. It makes the best sweet potato cake. Certified Organic Slips. 6 slips for $10.00
Jewel- Mid-season. Semi-bush, normal leaf, above average yields, tends to produce medium sized roots regardless of the season length. Has light orange skin with light orange flesh, on the moist side. Developed By North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 1970. Certified Organic Slips.UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022, back again in 2023 thanks to Yanna Fishman
Korean Purple- (Heirloom Variety) Early. Vining, dark green colored normal leaves, purple skin, white flesh, excellent yield. Very sweet when baked with the skins on. Obtained from Benny Michiti in Virginia in 1989. In the early days of listing this we could not get a soul to request it, now it is the one most sought after. Proof that once people get over their shock of something different, things can change. In 1989 the thought of having a sweet potato that was purple on the outside was just not acceptable. Certified Organic Slips, Unavailable for 2022. we were hopeful the meager roots we harvested in 2020 would get us back in stock for 2022, but the rabbits attacked each of our plantings. We will try again next year from the few roots we got in 2021.
Magoffin- (Heirloom Variety) Mid-season. Sent to us by customer to add to our collection. Old-fashioned white skinned, dry flesh from KY. Does not tend to produce roots under the plant. Certified Organic Slips. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2022. ANYONE WITH THIS PLEASE CONTACT US. WE LOST ALL IN THE DERECHO OF 2020.