Tue Jun 25 03:25:33 PDT 2019
Farm Fact: America's favorite veggie the potato
The potato is one of America's most popular vegetables. Each year, Americans eat an average of 125 pounds of potatoes per person.
June is the peak of Florida's potato season, with a 90-day growing cycle the harvest period is from late January through June.
Growing potatoes in Florida produces different commercial varieties from those grown in other parts of the country. Most U.S. growers produce russet potatoes. This variety does not grow well in Florida because it can take up to four months to produce tubers.
Florida's most popular varieties are White Potatoes, the LaChipper, Sebago and the Yukon Gold. Also, Red Potatoes, the Red LaSoda and the LaRouge. A 100-foot row can produce from 150 to 300 pounds of potatoes depending on the variety and the year.
At the City Hall Plaza, residents can attend the coffee with a commissioner event. More events are scheduled throughout the week.
As many mourn the death of Casei Jones and her children, Marion County Sheriffs' Deputies are stepping up their pursuit of anyone committing domestic violence.
Deputy Kenneth Brown was walking back to work when he heard a mother yell. Brown took immediate action and saved an infant's life.
Cedar Key Seafood Festival Goes On
The American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge are receiving major support from the North Central Florida community. The Ros Gala will benefit both of these organizations that help cancer patients.