Potatoes

"A single medium-sized potato contains about half the daily requirement of vitamin C and provides complex carbohydrates needed to fuel our brains and bodies.”

- University of Minnesota Extension, Farm to School

 

“It is nice to have somebody growing them [potatoes] so close to you. They are not coming from far away, so they taste fresher.”

-Minnesota Grown Member

 

Minnesota Potatoes by the Numbers

One medium red potato provides 16% of the daily recommended amount of fiber.1

The Minnesota Grown Directory has 22 farms with potatoes.

The average yield per acre is 40,000 lbs of potatoes!2

Minnesota Potato Crop Breakdown

Three major types of potatoes are grown in Minnesota.3

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White Potatoes

White potatoes are generally destined for processing and making chips.

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Russet Potatoes

Russet potatoes are used to make French fries and hash browns. They are also commonly baked or mashed.

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Red Potatoes

Red potatoes are usually sold fresh to the market.They can be roasted or grilled with butter and rosemary.

The Best Red Potatoes

The Red River Valley borders Minnesota and North Dakota. Red potatoes grown here have a deeper red color and more robust flavor than potatoes grown anywhere else.4

Learn more about why red potatoes from the Red River Valley unique: