A couple of weeks ago I was out to the Scott-Carver Old Time Harvest Steam & Gas Engine Festival in Jordan, MN. It was a very enjoyable time. As a youngster I used to go with my grandparents to a similar event known as a Threshing Bee in Butterfield, MN. I haven’t been to Butterfield or anything like it since about the 1980’s, so it was fun to see. I plan to take in another one, the Rice County Steam and Gas Engine Show, the last weekend in August in Dundas, MN.
No sooner had I gotten in the entrance gate when I spied a field straight ahead and over the loudspeaker came a voice announcing the old-time potato digging was about to start. So I headed down the hill.
I have previously posted that my grandfather was a potato farmer for most of his life. The equipment being used in this “old-time” potato digging was very similar to what he used. The potato digger could have been a carbon copy, while the tractor looked newer. My grandfather used John Deere A and B model tractors, while this was an Allis-Chalmers WD 45.
As can be seen in the photo it was a bit of a lean harvest. It’s been dry around Jordan this summer, though not as dry as further South in Minnesota. The lack of rain was probably the biggest contributor to the lack of spuds.
You could bag your own, or buy them prebagged. The prebagged we’re $3/per bag. The bags were the size of those little apple bags with the two paper handles. I wonder what the. I would think you’d get at least 15 – 20 of those little bags out of the 100lb sacks my grandfather sold for $5 to $7. No matter though, these were quickly sold out.