Tater Day at Island Farm on Roanoke Island will celebrate all aspects of harvesting and cooking of the Irish potato
Festivities are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.
Visitors will join historic interpreters to dig potatoes from the farm’s gardens and check out the cookhouse and enjoy kettle-fried potato chips made with freshly harvested Island Farm potatoes.
“Tater Day” is part of Island Farm’s historic food series, which highlights local food traditions and culture year-round. Also part of this historic food series is the farm’s annual “Garden to Hearth” event, held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Island Farm is a living history site that engages with locals and visitors alike to share Outer Banks history, through the lens of a working, mid-19th century farm when just over 500 people lived on Roanoke Island.
In 1850, Adam Etheridge raised 200 bushels of corn, 50 bushels of field peas, 100 bushels of sweet potatoes and 20 bushels of Irish potatoes, all on 15 acres of his then-420-acre farm, now the current-day site of Island Farm on Roanoke Island.
Admission to the event is the regular cost to visit Island Farm: $10 for 4 and older. There’s no charge for children younger than 3.
Island Farm is owned and operated by the nonprofit Outer Banks Conservationists, which was founded in 1980 to protect natural, cultural and historic resources through preservation and conservation, public education, interpretation and outreach. To learn more, visit www.obcinc.org