Amish Produce Auction Purchases

Last week we went to the Amish Produce Auction and I bought 90lbs of produce for $37 (.41 / lb)!! I promised to share with you what I bought so here goes:

40 lbs of tomatoes – $24 (.60 / lb)

50 lbs of #2 potatoes! – $13 (.26 / lb)

Who-hoo!! Not overly exciting?! I think so and here’s why:

A friend posted a link to this article a while back on her facebook page about the 7 Foods that Experts Won’t Eat. It disturbed me because while we normally eat home canned tomatoes, I didn’t get enough this year to last me through the winter. In fact, I wasn’t able to can a single quart. Tomatoes were on my short list because I had this article in the back of my mind – I really wanted to bring some home.

I was really bummed when we got to the auction and I saw that 20lb boxes of tomatoes were selling for over $20 each. That was NOT in my budget. So I waited and finally bid at the end. I messed up with the tomatoes, though. I forgot that when you’re bidding at Amish Produce Auctions, you’re actually bidding PER ITEM. I had in my mind, TOTAL PRICE. So, initially I thought

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    • You may already know this but, if not, back when our kids were at home and we had a larger garden, one of the Saturday chores was to go down to the cellar and sort through the potatoes. Take potato from one pile, check for soft spots and sprouts. Remove sprouts with fingernails. Place firm potatoes in another pile, place soft potatoes in bag to bring upstairs to use first. Toss sprouts. This is a tedious chore that just had to be done and with several working at it, it really didn't take that long. Removing the sprouts quickly before they grew was the key to keeping the potatoes firm; ours usually lasted until March or April.
      • Awesome, Nicki! Thanks for the tip. I have not grown enough potatoes to last that long yet, but I hope to in the next few years. My dad also talks about having to do this as a child.
  1. You talking about digging through potatoes to find the good ones makes me think of "The Diary Of Anne Frank". I can NEVER get my potatoes to last very long at all since we moved to Texas. In Maine they would last FOREVER! I'd be cutting off sprouts just to prepare them. But down here they go bad and start smelling like.... I don't even know how to describe the smell... It turns your stomach. We didn't very many tomatoes down here either. Very disapointing year for produce. The droughts here in Texas had everyone watering their gardens for at least 1 hour a night just to keep them alive... They were "alive" but not very productive. Maybe next year. On these "bad gardening" years I wish we lived near Amish Produce.. Or at least a farmers market.
  2. Hello from a fellow Iowan! Where is the Amish Produce Auction held (and when). I have looked all over for large bags of potatoes--I can them--yummy! Buying the smaller bags in grocery store is too expensive. Thanks for your time!
    • Hi Ava, produce auctions in my area are near Kalona. Here's a link to another post where I talk about the specifics of the auctions - there are links in that post that might be helpful to you. Also, there's an Azure Standard drop-off in Kalona, Iowa City, and QCA. Azure Standard is a buying coop featuring organic produce and they have reasonably priced, bulk options for organic potatoes. Feel free to email me questions! [email protected]
  3. I want to learn all I can about produce auctions in order to determine if a produce auction business would be a profitable business to have in Oxford MS.Can you help me figure this out?

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