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It’s always great to have a go-to easy potato side dish on hand. You can roast these in the oven or pop in the air fryer…whatever you choose! Perfect way to use up that garden-fresh rosemary.
As a writer, I love to not only create simple recipes for families but also educate people more about where their food comes from. Touring farms and getting information directly from farmers is always so fun for me. Have you ever had a conversation with a farmer at a market or on a farm? You can learn so much!
Earlier this summer, I had an opportunity to interview Randy Visser with Red Isle Produce, based out of Prince Edward Island, Canada. I honestly didn’t know much about potato farming and I learned so much! This is a multigenerational farm that has been around since the 1950s.
One thing that stood out to me was how Randy has a large family like we do–he has five daughters and a son, who all help on the farm. I can imagine how much fun my kids would have helping out on the farm as they do. There is a lot of hard work and energy put into being a farmer, but it’s also such a rewarding job to see your hard work pay off!
Fun facts about Red Isle Produce and potato farming:
- Prince Edward Island is known for their potatoes since the climate is ideal and they have abundant iron in the soil—it tints the soil red. From this fertile soil, the produce grown has a distinctive taste.
- To protect the soil, it’s a law in Prince Edward Island to rotate the crops you grow. Red Isle Produce switches every third year to grow corn, cereal crops or soy.
- There is a long process to grow potatoes: plant in spring, harvest in fall where a machine brings the potatoes to surface. Potatoes are stored for up to 12 months, in a cool dark place, sorted by size. After storage, they’re packed for retail in various sized bags & containers. The Red Isle Produce company ships all over the world!
- Misshapen potatoes are used for other purposes: dehydrated for potato flakes or sold to other farmers for other uses. There are also different varieties of potatoes for French Fries, frozen potatoes and potato chips.
- Never store your potatoes in the refrigerator – a cool dark place is best.
Red Isle Produce grows fresh potatoes and sells them under the Side Delights® brand, which is what I feature in this recipe. I love to have a variety of colors for our side dishes, so I always gravitate towards a medley of potatoes. Gabby loves her purple potatoes!
Side Delights® also offers many other product lines for quick and easy cooking during the week: Steamables bags that cook up in 8 minutes, Bakeables pre-cleaned & wrapped Russet potatoes that microwave in 8 minutes, plus Flavorables pre-seasoned microwavable trays. They’re a go-to for busy weekday dinners!
- 1.5 pounds of Side Delights® medley petite potatoes
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
- Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Wash and dry potatoes. If larger, slice in half.
- In a large bowl add potatoes and avocado oil. Toss to coat. Add spices. Toss again.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add potatoes, spreading out to make a single later.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Garnish with fresh parsley.
You can also air fry these! Just add to basket and cook for about 20 minutes.
What are your favorite types of potatoes? Have you tried a medley before?