What do you love about fall? Is it the cool weather? The leaves changing color? For us, harvesting potatoes is the best part about fall.
Right now, our farmers have fields of farm fresh potatoes, and they’re ready to pluck, clean, and send to your kitchen. We love the fall potato harvest because we love providing those healthy spuds for you and your family to enjoy. But how does growing and harvesting potatoes work? Let’s look and see…
Harvesting potatoes starts in the spring.
Have you ever left a potato on the counter for too long, and it started sprouting eyes or even little shoots? Potatoes are actually the seeds of the potato plants, and when they sprout that way, they’re actually trying to grow more potatoes.
In early spring, we plant what are called “seed potatoes.” They’re not much different from the potatoes that you eat for supper. The big difference is that they’re guaranteed to sprout and grow. We want to make sure that every seed we plant grows up to make plenty of healthy spuds for your family to eat.
Our seed potatoes go into the ground after the last frost of the spring, and we get to harvesting those potatoes just before the first freeze of the fall. It’s not easy to predict, but our farmers are old pros.
Come fall, we get to harvesting potatoes for you.
This year we planted a brand new variety of potatoes – Golden Russets – at Ernie Ford’s Sunny Valley Farms in Colorado. You can see his field in the picture above.
Our farmers use a special tractor called a potato harvester to dig up all of those taters that are almost ready to eat. Here’s one of our special trucks harvesting and shaking some of the extra soil off of the organically grown Golden Russets that Ernie Ford grew for us:
From the harvester, we clean ‘em off even more, then move ‘em to a truck. After we fill up a truck with Ernie’s potatoes they make their way to our storage facilities, where they get another round of cleaning then rest in the cool, dark storage space so they can cure and be ready to ship to stores. Here are Ernie’s potatoes on their way to the cool storage:
Those spuds rest for a while, and then we pack ‘em up and ship ‘em off to stores for you.
We love potato harvest time so much that we even made a special video to show off how our farm fresh potatoes go from our farmers’ fields to your plate. Take a look!
Of course, the best part about the fall potato harvest is eating those farm fresh spuds. Check out our recipes section for healthy potato recipes that your family will love!