On a beautiful autumn day, my friend, Eleanor and I went to O'Leary, an hour west of Summerside, to buy some material for a project. O'Leary has a wonderful store for crafters, but that is another story. While in O'Leary, we drove by the Canadian Potato Museum,
which I visited with my family years ago.
Potatoes are a favourite vegetable in our family. My husband and daughter are huge potato fans, and the type of potato has never mattered, Yukon gold,
Russet or any of the new varieties; my family has never met a potato it did not like.
This museum details the history of the potato in Prince Edward Island and houses artifacts of course. For us, it was interesting and fun to see the history of the vegetable and the island that grew so many of those which we consumed.
Our family friend, Clara, was a potato lover too. Clara so loved the starchy tuber that if she did not consume potato during the day, she cooked and ate it overnight. She was happy when her family purchased a microwave because then she did not have to boil potato in the middle of the night. Any time Clara was asked out to dinner, she hoped potato was on the menu, to prevent her from cooking it later.
It is not surprising that there is a potato museum in a place which grows over a million tonnes of them every year. There are some serious potato lovers in this country! Two of them are in my family with two more in training.
There is a song about the potatoes from Prince Edward Island, by Canadian icon Stompin' Tom Connors. Tom was raised in PEI and wrote about "Bud the Spud...from the bright red mud." Tom is a Canadian gem, who wrote about life across the country he loved.
You can hear Stompin' Tom sing Bud the Spud below.