Sweet potato slips orders are closed for 2021 

New for 2021

  • We are not offering Jewel this year.   We have had minimal interest in it the past few years, so it is a waste of our time.
  • For those of you who had issues with Murasaki yield last year, we sought advice from our grower.  See the varietal notes under Murasaki below.   

We DO NOT SHIP sweet potato slips!

Our slips must be accessed by store pick up or through our farm delivery routes to Hillsborough, Cedar Grove, and Concord, NC.

Pricing 

  • 25 slip bundle $4.95
  • 50 slip bundle $8 
  • 100 slip bundle $15
  • 500 slip box $50
  • 1000 slip box $75

If you purchase different varieties, then we will be charging the price per variety.  In other words, 100 slip bundles of five different varieties will cost $15 x 5 = $75, not $50.  Sorry, but there's just a lot more handling involved! 

How to Order

Given the high volume of phone calls in our store these days, it's best to email us your order.   Send your order to melinda@chathamfarmsupply.com and include the following:

  • Customer/Farm Name and any additional email address for future communication
  • Phone Number
  • List of varieties & quantities desired

You will receive an email saying "got it" within 24 hours.   Within the next 1-7 days, your order will be entered in our system, and you will receive an official sales order confirmation.   We are trying to enter these orders in batches once weekly as a time saving strategy.  No prepayment is needed for orders under 1000 slips.   For growers buying boxes of 1000, we request a $25 deposit per box.  Deposits can be paid over the phone by credit card after you've received your emailed order confirmation or by mailing a check.

Dates to Remember

  • Friday May 7 - ORDER DEADLINE - I need to get numbers to our grower!
  • June 7 - 2021 Sweet potato slip arrival.  This date can fluctuate depending on weather and when the slips are ready.   We will do everything in our power to get them as soon as they are ready to cut.   

      2021 Sweet Potato Varieties - all are organic certified!

       

      Bayou Belle      

      • ​​Days to Maturity:  110-120 days
      • Skin Color:  Red/Purple
      • Flesh Color:  Deep Orange
      • Flesh Texture:  Firm, Moist

      Varietal Characteristics:   Developed in Louisiana, Bayou Belle is an excellent Garnet variety with superior yield.   The Bayou Belle produces similar to a Beauregard but consistently yields 10% higher.   Consistent shape but some variability in size.  Great flavor and good for processing.  Resistant to streptomyces, fusarium wilt, soil rot and root-knot nematode. 

      Grower Feedback:  Bayou Belle far exceeded expectations for appearance, flavor, and yield.  "The Bayou Belle did great for us this year.  I didn't weed or keep them up as I should have, and they still made tons of potatoes."~Jason Roland, Lexington, SC

      In-House Taste Test:  Slightly sweet, high moisture, undertone of apples or carrots, easily mashable.  We didn't find them as sweet, but Jason (the grower quoted above) said his crop was super sweet.... maybe differences in soil type?

      Quick Note:  You'll notice below that every other variety has a photographed box of sample potatoes with a ruler for size and shape reference.  At the time we took those pictures, the box of Bayou Belle's had vanished and not one of the Country Farm and Home staff owned up to it.  LOL!

        

      Beauregard             

      • Days to Maturity:  100 days
      • Skin Color:  Rose
      • Flesh Color:  Orange
      • Flesh Texture:  Light, Moist

      Varietal Characteristics:    Short growing season, excellent yielder of uniform oblong tubers.    Good storage.  Resistant to streptomyces soil rot, fusarium wilt but susceptible to root-knot nematode.  Excellent choice for sweet potato pies and butter recipes.

      Grower Feedback:  Met or exceeded expectations in flavor, appearance, and yield.  A solid performing sweet potato across the board.  

      In-House Taste Test:  Super sweet!  This was Melinda's favorite.  Smooth, mashable texture with rich flavor, undertones of caramel.

        

      Covington    

      • Days to Maturity:  105-115 days
      • Skin Color:  Dark Rose
      • Flesh Color:  Orange-Yellow
      • Flesh Texture:  Light, Moist

      Varietal Characteristics:    A commercial giant, 90% of commercial sweet potatoes grown in NC are Covington.   The Covington grows well in many different types of soil and produces high yields of uniform tubers.  Resistant to Fusarium wilt and moderately resistant to streptomyces soil rot and the southern root-knot nematode.  

      Grower Feedback:  Solid performer and super consistent, met expectations for appearance, flavor, and yield.  "We have consistently had VERY GOOD appearance, flavor, and yield from the Covingtons we source from you.  The taters are beautifully shaped and sized with few jumbos, are easy to harvest, store well, and are delicious.  Our customers love them."~Jane from RambleRill Farm

      In-House Taste Test:   These sweet potatoes were noticeably larger than all of the others, and therefore, took longer to roast in the oven.  Good balanced sweetness and moisture content.  Mashable or would hold up well as large roasted chunks.

       

        

      Murasaki      

      • Days to Maturity:  115-125+ days
      • Skin Color:  Purple
      • Flesh Color:  White but turns yellowish, greenish, gray when cooked
      • Flesh Texture:  Firm, mealy (mashable)

      Varietal Characteristics:     A Japanese variety with a nutty flavor and loads of Vitamin C.   Days to maturity is longer because it takes more time and energy for the high starch to be accumulated in this variety.   Holds up well to cooking as chips, fries, or wedges.   Disease resistance includes fusarium root rot and southern root-knot nematode.

      Grower Feedback:  Exceeded expectations for appearance and flavor, but yield was all across the board.  We had some growers who had beautiful plants but absolutely NO tubers.   We sought advice from our grower, and he said that Murasaki will NOT yield if over-fertilized.   This variety will perform best with VERY LITTLE FERTILIZER!   Go figure!   

      In House Taste Test:  Full flavor, starts out earthy with a sweet after taste and a hint of apple.  Firm, dry texture makes this a good choice for tempura, fries, chips, and other recipes requiring the sweet potato to hold its shape.

        

      NC-122

      • Skin Color:  Deep Red
      • Flesh Color:  Deep Orange
      • Flesh Texture: Slightly firm

      Varietal Characteristics:   Our grower reports these to be his favorite sweet potatoes.  He noted that they have the BEST storability, good shape and high yield.   

      Grower Feedback: Last year was our first year offering these sweet potatoes.   Feedback from our customers who grew these was a solid thumbs up!   

      In-House Taste Test:   Excellent, rich, sweet flavor reminiscent of caramel but with a firmer texture than some sweet potatoes making it versatile to either mash or use for fries and other recipes where holding shape is necessary.

        

      O’Henry                    

      • Days to Maturity:  100 days
      • Skin Color:  Cream
      • Flesh Color:  Cream
      • Flesh Texture:  Firmer than Beauregard

      Varietal Characteristics:    O'Henry is a relative of the Beauregard, basically having the same growing characteristcs, size, shape, yield and flavor but with a cream colored skin and flesh.   

      Grower Feedback:   Good yield.   The image above shows skinny, oblong small tubers, but grower feedback last year was that the O'Henrys produced much more predictable size and shape potatoes, much like the Beauregards.   We're not sure why our sample looks the way it does.  

      In-House Taste Test:  Firm and not as sweet as a Beauregard.  Having said that, Hillary went home after the taste test and cooked more for dinner and reported these ended up being a favorite of hers... go figure...

        

      Scarlet

      • Skin Color:  Purple
      • Flesh Color:  Purple
      • Flesh Texture:  Firm

      Varietal Characteristics:    This is the only all purple variety we offer, simply called Scarlet.  We cannot find published data on this variety so all we have to go on is customer feedback, and we've only offered this a couple of years.  

      Grower Feedback:  Expect a lower yield from this variety than the production potatoes like Covingtons.  One gardener said, "impressed with the taste and will increase amount of them next year."  Feedback on this variety is all across the board.  While some growers experienced lower yields, we had others produce far more than expected and also far larger than expected potatoes.   We received photos of enormous potatoes the size of kick balls... probably not the best option for a farmers market display, but one heck of a producer for cranking out purple sweet potato pies.   

      In-House Taste Test:  More savory and earthy flavored that a standard orange sweet potato with undertones of beets.  Firm texture that holds together well and could be riced for some recipes (like cheesecakes and pies).

      Are You Still Reading?  Just For Fun...

      Wow!  If you've made it this far, you must really like sweet potatoes.   So on March 29, 2020 in Melinda's kitchen, Hillary and Melinda roasted, photographed, and tasted all of the above sweet potatoes with Melinda's kids, Aidan and Summer.   FYI:  Melinda's husband did not participate.  Being Irish and a huge fan of a starchy Irish potato, he stated that, "Sweet potatoes are a second-class potato and should only be considered as food for animals!"  We completely disagree!  We are posting our taste test results below if interested...