Ronniger Potato Farm LLC
Milk Ranch Specialty Potatoes LLC
Two companies - one new name - Potato Garden
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Shipping is delayed the week of March 2nd due to a winter storm. See Current News for more info.
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We grow and ship both garden size and farm size quantities of Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes. This is the place for gardeners, farmers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in potatoes. We also carry Planting Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, and Real Salt. We hope you enjoy your stay, and please let us know what you think.
If you're not already gardening, this is a great year to start. Knowledge of gardening can be a hedge of protection in uncertain times. Raising your own garden provides the benefits of health and better tasting food. It always tastes better when you grow it yourself. And for their nutritional value and yield, we put potatoes at the top of the garden list. It's been said, that we could meet our daily nutritional needs, with only potatoes and milk.
Updated: March 2nd, 2015
Winter Storm Delay!
Shipping is delayed the week of March 2nd due to a winter storm. The storm is causing the temperatures to drop too low, even for insulated boxes. The forecast has it warming up over the weekend so it looks like we'll be able to ship the week of March 9th.
For southern states, we are taking our last load to ship through Phoenix, AZ on March 10th. This includes the weeks of March 2nd and March 9th orders.
Please note for states along I-70 and states including Tennessee, North Carolina, and above: The low temperatures along I-70 and your low temperatures must be regularly above 20 degrees before we can safely ship to you in insulated boxes.
Shipping to Idaho
Idaho only allows certified seed potatoes to be shipped into the state. Please choose varieties with "Certified Seed Potato" after the name. Do not choose varieties with only "Seed Potato". We cannot ship garlic or onions to Idaho at this time.
Our Certified Seed Potatoes are certified by the State of Colorado to be disease free. See the CCPGA website. Each certified variety will have the "Certified Seed Potato" designation. A non-certified variety will have the "Seed Potato" designation. All our non-certified varieties are in a 2 to 5 year process of becoming certified.
Our naturally grown seeds, seed potatoes, and garlic are grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, or synthetic based fertilizers, and are grown using the same philosophy and methods as contained in the Certified Organic Program.
We, at Potato Garden and Ronniger Potato Farm LLC, do not support the concept of GMO's, and will not knowingly acquire, grow, or sell any variety of seeds, seed potatoes, or garlic that contain GMO's (Genetically improved and/or genetically modified organisms).
A few of our varieties are Plant Variety Protected, (PVP). They are Canela Russet, Colorado Rose, Mountain Rose, Purple Majesty, Rio Colorado, and Rio Grande Russet. These are cultivars/varieties that are protected under the Federal Plant Variety Protection Act and are owned and controlled by the Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association (CCPGA). At this time CCPGA allows you to buy small quantities of PVP seed from us for your own garden use and also allows you to sell as food through CSA’s, at farmers markets, to restaurants, etc. Larger commercial ventures will need to pay a royalty. You are not allowed to grow these PVP cultivars/varieties for seed stock unless you first get full written consent from CCPGA. Give us a call if you need to grow seed stock and we can set it up. PVP lasts for 25 years.
We ship Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes in small quantities from 1 to 200 lbs in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 50 lb. boxes. During the checkout process, you'll be able to choose the shipping method and compare costs.
Orders from 200 lbs. to 1000 lbs. are shipped using UPS Hundred weight service. On-line orders for 200+ pounds are adjusted by us after we receive them or you may call for a shipping quote and also place your order by phone. Orders over 1,000 pounds are shipped by Freight. Definitely call us to set up these orders.
Many customers like to place their orders early and have us ship at a later date. During the check out process you are asked for a ship date. As a minimum, please indicate a date that is two weeks before you are able to safely plant. The rule of thumb to follow, for the earliest planting time, is to plant two weeks before your last spring frost. Then of course, you can plant anytime after that, giving yourself at least 3 months growing season before a major fall frost.
If your shipping week falls in the months of March through October, the plan is for you to receive your order later that week or the following week. Occasionally there are delays but we work hard every year to minimize this. Most customers find that shipping 2 weeks before they plant works well. Once received, the seed potatoes will last over a month before they will need to be planted.
During the winter we can ship using insulated boxes going to southern or warmer maritime climates. During extreemly low temperatures we will ship from Arizona so that the seed potatoes stay on a southern route. Because of the logistics of putting this together, delays of up to one week may occur.
In the months of April and May, we have customers that place their orders and wish that we would ship them now or even yesterday. However, we have thousands of previously placed orders to pack and ship, starting with the earliest ones placed. So if you are placing your order in April or May, the approximate time for you to receive your seed potatoes is 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. You may put ASAP on your shipping date knowing that ASAP means 2 to 2 1/2 weeks for delivery.
As an average, in 1 pound of seed potatoes, you will receive from 5 to 8 tubers. You can plant all the tubers whole. Or, to get more plants, you can cut a few of the larger ones so that you have at least one eye on each piece. In the picture below, you will see how to make 5 seed potatoes into 10. Use a multiple of 10 to figure out how many pounds you need. Figure 1 lb will plant 10 feet, 2 lbs will plant 20 feet, 3 lbs will plant 30 feet, and so on.
To figure out potential yield, multiply the pounds planted by 10. So, if you plant 5 lbs. of seed potatoes, you should yield 50 lbs of potatoes. This is a good starting point for estimating the yield, however, many gardeners are able to bring in much higher yields due to great soil and great growing conditions.
Planting instructions are included with each order. You may also request that we mail you a printed catalog or you may download one to your computer.