October 10, 2012



I somehow find it comforting that in some regions schools let out for such things as potato season. On a side note, Sallie, my father, uncles, then some of my cousins and I were called "Spud" in younger years, shortened from our surname, Spudeas. Funny how that just came back to me.

Margaret Gosden

Love Idaho potatoes. I buy few other kinds. I suppose they are equal in fame to the King Edward's potato in the UK, tho I don't know that for sure now. That was 80 years ago, and
still in the 1960s when I left there to live here! Thank you for your comment facilitator below, by the way!


Interesting ! Now I also know why here children have a week school holidays in October, it was probably for the same reason although there is no farmer here around anymore.


we used to have the same thing in New Brunswick, though I remember reading that there might be a stop put to it. not sure what the outcome was, but it would be hard on the farmers to lose that labour, and it was probably good for the kids to work for their neighbours. I think it was the bad timing since school had only just restarted after summer. maybe they wanted to change the summer holidays to later....

laura k

a SPUD BREAK!! ha!! i bet those Idaho-ians know MORE ways to fix SPUDS!! yum!!

mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

We just returned from a trip to Idaho and Wyoming. Then, after we came home and went grocery shopping, I was tickled to notice the potatoes sold in our (Indiana) grocery store were from Idaho. :-) I guess I had always assumed it but never really paid attention before. Bad me!


That made me smile!
I think they should still keep 'Spud Break'. It's whimsical and just theirs. :)


Gosh, they are really serious about those potatoes, aren't they? Interesting that the kids and teachers get two weeks off for harvesting. What a fascinating fact!

Rainfield (雨田)

This must be a very good day and a good harvest.


I didn't realize that these harvest breaks still happened, that's a great sign!

J Bar

Interesting. I've never heard of a Harvest Break before.


When we are camping in USA we like a lot the Idaho Famous potatoes ! Cooked on the camp fire they are so tasty...


That is very interesting, Sallie! I would have loved to have that kind of breaks too when I was in school - Go potato farming, pick them out and have them too! That would be fun :)


I am sure the kids love any kind of break from school. Have a great day, Sallie!

ann nz

idaho potato is famous


Many things get put off here until after the harvesting of the orchards and vineyards, but we have so many itinerent pickers from Mexico and Quebec that flood the valley it hardly ever affects the school nowadays, although I know it did when Charles was growing up in the Okanagan.

I like your bird pictures too, Sallie!

Sandy Carlson (USA)

Sounds like fun! Gotta love those tuber carbs!


Spud break is a new one for me. Good shot and interesting post.


oh, that is AWESOME! :)


lol, when I was a school kid we were free from school to pick potatoes too. But not nowadays. That was gone when my daughter went to shool too. Fun to hear it still happens. :)


How interesting! I wonder if they get a spring break too? Would it be called "eye-break" to plant the eyes of the potatoes?Muah-ha-ha!

EG CameraGirl

Ah, I bet all over the U.S. kids wish they too had a spud break.


EXCELLENT....perfect for kids and adults!


Luna Miranda

this is interesting. kids of farmers in the countryside would take time out from school during harvest, and somehow, it has gained a negative connotation because of child labor laws. i think this is a good tradition...to teach kids the value of work.


And the kids earn some $$ for themselves.


The community that works together stays together.


It's nice that the tradition is still being carried on right through this very modern world

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