Thursday, September 9, 2010

Potato History

Our produce-hunting trip to Wilmot last weekend took us past the original G. J. Coles family general store on Cradle Mountain Road. It's the birthplace of Coles! The same building (circa 1900) still operates as a general store, post office and library (that's Barn posing in the rain outside). It's also a cheerful food stop on the way to Cradle Mountain (we strongly recommend their spaghetti bolognese pies!). Here we learned about the region's rich potato-growing past - originally Wilmot provided all the seed potatoes for southern Australia. A century on, while we've advanced from the horse drawn cart, we hear that some farmers are lucky to get 30 cents a kilo for their potatoes from today's multinational companies.




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