Caribou Russet to be More Widely Available

Published online: Nov 13, 2017 Articles
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Caribou Russet was first made available to consumers at last year’s Maine Harvest Festival.

Source: WAGM-TV

The Maine Potato Board announces the popular Caribou Russet potato was once again available to consumers at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor this past weekend. Caribou Russet was first made available to consumers at last year’s Maine Harvest Festival, where the supply sold out quickly. This year, the potato board stocked up with more supply, and Caribou Russet will be made more widely available following the Harvest Festival as well.

“It’s always exciting when we can introduce something new to the market,” says Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. “Last year, we introduced the Caribou Russet and saw nearly instant favorability. We call this the potato lover’s potato because of the natural flavor and versatility of it. We’re excited that more consumers will get a chance to fall in love with the Caribou Russet this year.”

Following the Maine Harvest Festival, the Caribou Russet will be available at Tradewinds markets in eastern Maine and Hannaford supermarkets statewide. This is the first year this particular potato will be available at Hannaford. Both stores expect to have the product on shelves this week.

Caribou Russet was developed by the University of Maine and is a dual-purpose, russet-skinned variety with high yields, mid-season maturity and moderate common scab resistance. In addition to fresh market consumption, the new variety is also useful for processing markets.