Tuesday, August 28, 2012



Ms. Frady's second grade class planted potatoes in the Spring - and guess what!!  They grew a bunch of them- some teeny tiny ones, small ones, medium and large!!!!  

Potatoes seem like an ordinary vegetable- best as french fries with a little salt, excellent as a baked potato or even mashed for Thanksgiving dinner.  Prepare to be amazed!!

In your grocery store you might have red, white and yellow potatoes ... did you know there are over 5,000 kinds of potato. 
Many kinds of potatoes.

Potatoes originated in South America and this is where the highest variety of potatoes exist.

The first Spaniards in the region - the band led by Francisco Pizarro, who landed
 in 1532 - noticed Indians eating these strange, round objects and emulated them, 
often reluctantly.*

Potatoes spread throughout Europe - "By the end of the 18th century, potatoes had become ... a staple.  Roughly 40% of the Irish ate no solid food other than potatoes."

Then, in 1845 the Great Potato Famine began - a potato blight and Colorado Beetle destroyed the potato crop with huge implications for the history of the United States of America. Want to know more

*Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/How-the-Potato-Changed-the-World.html#ixzz24y0caYyR

Bee: Nature Poetry

Bee! I'm expecting you!

Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—

The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You'll get my Letter by

The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—
Yours, Fly.    - Emily Dickinson

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