Nibbles: Potatoes, wine and ice cream

A spud is born

The University of Maine last week announced that it had produced a new gourmet potato. The “Pinto Gold” boasts smooth, buttery-yellow flesh. The red-skinned spud has splashy yellow eyes and ranges in shape from oval to fingerling size. Pinto Golds also have great storage potential, according to Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

Pinto Golds are potatoes are excellent roasted, but can also be used for boiling, pan frying, baking and in salads, says Gregory Porter, who leads UMaine’s potato breeding program.

Smaller tubers can be harvested around 100 to 110 days after planting, however, they need a longer growing season to produce tubers that are large enough for baking, Porter says.

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Dusk delights

Organic produce, poultry, quail, rabbit, lobster, oysters, goat cheese, mushrooms, fresh bread, baked goods and custom coffee drinks are available at the newly opened Deer Isle Night Market from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at 11 Main St. in Deer Isle.



Just opened

Bar Harbor’s House Wine will hold a tasting of organic wines from around the world from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Justin DeWalt, sales director of Rockland’s Chartrand Imports, will offer samples of various organic wines. DeWalt previously managed the tasting room at Springfontein Wine Estate in South Africa. House Wine is located at 227A Main St. For more info, call 288-1200.



Ice cream, you scream

Did you know Bucksport’s Wahl’s Dairy Port — an institution — posts a calendar of its specialty soft-serve flavors? On Friday, June 8, it’s cotton candy and it’s peanut butter Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10. Check it out in the spring newsletter at



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