Minnesota has a strong presence in national potato production. Keep reading to learn more!
Did you know that potatoes come in many different flesh and skin colors? From red to blue to the classic yellow, and combinations of the three- try to seek out beautiful colorful potatoes from a local farmer or farmers market near you!
Red potatoes grown in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota have a deeper red color and more robust flavor than potatoes grown anywhere else.
This is because these potatoes are non-irrigated and grown in heavy black soil unique to the Red River Valley of the North.
Minnesota Potatoes by the Numbers
146,000 acres of potatoes
are grown in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The average yield per acre is 260 hundredweight,
which is 260 one-hundred pound bags of potatoes!
Minnesota produces 2 billion pounds of potatoes annually.
Minnesota Potato Crop Breakdown:
White potatoes are generally destined for processing, for potato chips and more!
Russet potatoes are used to make French fries and hash browns.
Red potatoes are usually sold fresh to the market.
The other colored varieties can be found from local farmers, at farmers markets, and in CSA boxes!