October 6, 2016 | No doubt you’ve noticed that Washington is in the grips of a gustatory frenzy, with an entire industry growing up around the desire to provide eaters and drinkers with the latest in exotic, artisanal, handcrafted, small-batch, organic food and beverages. For sheer economic impact, though, few comestibles can top the humblest of vegetables and possibly the most popular mass-market product made from it: the potato and the french fry.
August 12, 2016 | Preliminary reports from the Pacific Northwest are strong indicators that fresh potato growers are anticipating an outstanding production season in 2016.
Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is equally enthusiastic. “The weather has been perfect for growing potatoes this year which is a welcome change from the past couple of years,” he commented. “In the past, we’ve had extended periods of extreme temperatures. But this year has been ideal. Warm summer days and cool nights are the perfect conditions for potatoes.”
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