Potato Grower

February 2018

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 23 "I had zero experience in food or farming," he says. "Even now, everything I do, I do for research and educational purposes." Caravati grows his crops on just three acres off Highway 32 in Kenosha, Wis., a short walk from the shores of Lake Michigan. Among his crops are micro-plots of dozens of heirloom potato and garlic varieties, as well as onions and fruit trees. He is a founding member of the Kenosha HarborMarket, one of the biggest farmers' markets in the country. Caravati believes farmers' market trends are bellwethers of the direction the industry will take in the next several years. What he foretells is continued growth of the specialty potato market, and a boom in urban agriculture. Caravati is a member of Seed Savers Exchange, a large non-profit based in Iowa and dedicated to preserving seed from thousands of heirloom varieties of dozens of food crops. He spearheads the Peachblow (released in 1865) is a perfect example of a strain once sick, healed by the USDA, and now available as healthy tuber seed from Seed Savers Exchange. Curzio Caravati calls the Garnet Chili variety the great-grandmother of almost all commercial potatoes in U.S. It is a parent of Early Rose and Beauty of Hebron. Corazón Rosado is a South American tuber with deep eyes and a neo-native look to it, is a favorite of Caravati's.

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