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Potatoes 101

Posted byShana Meshbesher on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 01:26 PM

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Potatoes are a tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum. They are part of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. There are over 100 different varieties of potatoes and each one has its own taste and texture.

Potatoes are the epitome of comfort foods! They are number one when it comes to vegetable consumption. The average American eats almost 125 pounds of spuds each year.

Lucky for us – Wisconsin is the third-largest producer in the United States, behind Idaho and Washington. Locally, we have a number of farmers who grow and sell potatoes to us, including Driftless Organics. This farm, located on a ridge near Soldiers Grove, is well known for their 5-pound bags of certified organic red or yellow potatoes. Find them in our produce department September-February.

Last year, VFC Customers purchased 18,980 pounds of local potatoes from Driftless Organics and Hugh’s Gardens!

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Click on the mashed potatoes image below for a printable PDF recipe!

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