[singlepic=164,320,240,,center]Tom Beaver of Locust grew this big sweet potato and others that won ribbons at the Stanly County Fair this year. His secret?

“My wife did all the work. We only use a tiller and grass cuttings. It’s like an Easter egg hunt every time you go out. You don’t know what you’ll find.”

Beaver said they planted three times this year before anything took but when it did, it was a bumper crop.
Photo by Joyce Lavene