Sweet potatoes may be the perfect homesteaders’ food crop. They store easily and keep well. Once cured (a simple process) all you have to do is put them in a cool dark place and they’ll be good for the better part of a year. No canning or freezing necessary. Of course they’re delicious and nutritious to boot.
We’ve been enjoying sweet potatoes since we harvested them in October and there are still plenty of them in our basement. In addition to feeding us and our farm customers, they’ve become a staple of our dog Ginny’s whole food diet.
We just finished off the last of our Irish potatoes, just as they were starting to look like some kind of weird space aliens. Meanwhile the sweet potatoes still look as good as they did the day we took them out of the ground. Of course the Irish potatoes were harvested much earlier, in July. But the late harvest date is another homesteading advantage of the sweet potato, as it helps assure that they’ll last through the winter months.
We’re planning to have another large garden of sweet potatoes again this summer. I expect they’ll always be an important part of both our farm business and our personal food supply.