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Where to find baby Russett potatoes (if such things exist)

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TomSwift Aug 28, 2009 10:58 AM

I'm making a potato dish for roughly 75 people and would like to do mini twice baked potatoes. My vision is Russetts, about the size of medium red potatoes. How to describe? The size of a large baby's fist? Do such things exist? If so, does anyone know where I can find them in SoCal? I've never seen them so I suspect that I'll have to special order them if they are available. Thanks.

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    minnieeatworld Aug 28, 2009 11:09 AM

    There is a stand at SM Farmer's market who has every kind of potato imaginable. You might find what you are looking for there, or a good substitute.

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      TomSwift Aug 28, 2009 11:10 AM

      The Wednesday market, I assume? Thanks.

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        jaykayen Aug 28, 2009 12:05 PM

        Not sure about Wed, but I see them on Saturdays.

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          heatherlambirth Aug 28, 2009 12:06 PM

          The Wed Santa Monica farmer's market def has the potatoes you're looking for.

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          houndofmusic Aug 28, 2009 07:18 PM

          Minnieeatworld is referring to Alex Weiser (Weiser Farms), who is famous for his potatoes and also carrots. He is at SM on Saturdays and Wednesdays and also at the Hollywood FM on Sundays.

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            glutton Aug 29, 2009 05:59 AM

            To clarify, he's at the Saturday Santa Monica market on Pico. They've got a wide range of potatoes. They've got this new potato that I'd never seen before that they say is perfect for baking. It's smaller than my fist and it has a two-tone skin (brownish/reddish and stripes of beige). it was outstanding. I would suggest going to the market, describing your dish, and then they'll make a recommendation.

            You might be well served going on Wednesday so that you can see Alex Weiser himself. He's a youthful looking guy who is always talking to friends -- he's royalty in that market.

      2. mrshankly Aug 28, 2009 07:39 PM

        I think I saw bags of them last night at Trader Joe's in Glendale. They're new as I have never seen them there prior to this week.

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