For all my readers in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas, I wanted to share with you a great place to get seed potatoes. I am going to grow potatoes for the first time this year. I purchased three varieties this past week at the Downtown Home and Garden store located at 210 S. Ashley St. in downtown Ann Arbor. I picked out some Adirondack Blue ($2/lb), German Butterball ($2/lb), and Red Pontiac potatoes ($.65/lb). I choose these varieties because they are harder to find and more expensive. They also were selling these varieties for between $.65-$2 per pound: Irish Cobbler, Kennebec, Onaway, Red Norland, Russet Burbank, Superior, and Yukon Gold. They also will have fingerling and organic potatoes coming in soon. These prices beat the what I have seen in catalogs, where most potatoes were going for between $3-5 per pound, and that's not including the shipping. So if you live near Ann Arbor and want to grow some potatoes, I highly recommend you get your seed potatoes from Downtown Home and Garden. They also have their seed packets for 25% off. They have seeds from companies like Burpee, Johnny's, Seeds of Change, Renee's, and the Cook's Garden.
Check out my earlier post for other sources for buying fingerling potatoes and to learn why you shouldn't grow potatoes you buy in the store.
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