Summer-Fall 2011

Yellow Brandywine with yellow striping.

PA native bee eating Peru native pollen.

Purple smudge, Japanese black trifele, Cherokee purple, and Nyagous.

lots of anthocyanin in this F2 line.

comparing the F2’s to purple calabash and sungold F2’s with the beta-carotene rather than the delta I also saw in that line.

showing stripes even when ripe.

This purple potato leaf variety was selected for flavor first, plant health second, and appearance was last on the list. Although that was the case, the leaves turn a lovely shade of purple in cool weather, and they even have a slight anthocyanin shoulder on the fruit, which are also a deep maroon/purple with chlorophyll striping that was on 1/3 of the F2 generation. The brandywine, yellow brandywine, kentucky beefsteak, caspian pink, and purple smudge are all dying of blight right now, but these beefsteaks in the same LB ridden bed have little to no sign of disease.

short corn this year. maybe it was becuase of how little sun and how cool it was this year, or maybe it was my late start.

Ironweed went from dandelion-level commonality to threatened/endangered in my lifetime. please watch out for our surviving wildflowers and medicines.