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Covington Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes are being grown successfully in northern New England. They’re delicious, packed with nutrients, attract attention at farmers’ markets, and store up to a year or even longer. At the 2008 Farmer-to-Farmer Conference in Bar Harbor, Becky Grube, UNH Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist, Ramona Snell of Snell Family Farm in Buxton, and Mark Guzzi of Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont talked about their experiences with the crop.

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Sweet potato slipsSweet potatoes can be grown in the North. They need about four frost-free months and a little extra attention, but you can grow them just as well as you can grow other tropical plants, such as cantaloupes and sweet peppers.

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The eccentric sweet potato demands that it be treated differently than any other garden vegetable, but if you are willing to be accommodating, sweet potatoes are not difficult to grow.

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