Red Harvest Begins in Missouri

Published online: Jun 18, 2018 Articles Tom Karst
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Source: The Packer

Starting in mid-June, red potatoes from Missouri’s boot heel region will be available from Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold Farms.

Growing conditions and ample moisture favor crop quality, according to a news release.

“We’ve been growing red potatoes nestled in the bootheel of Missouri in the Mississippi River Delta for over 10 years, and every year we see the quality get better,” John Halverson, chief operating officer of Black Gold Farms, said in the release.

Halverson said the company has taken lessons learned from growing chip potatoes in warmer climates to help maximize the quality of its Missouri fresh red potato crop.

Black Gold Farms will be harvesting, packing and shipping red potatoes out of its Arbyrd, Mo., farm and packing facility until the middle of July, according to the release. Yellow potatoes are also available from the farm, according to the release.

“Our customers really find value pulling fresh reds out of Arbyrd, Mo. as the quality is consistent and we are geographically central to many of the major cities which provides locally grown opportunities that only we can offer,” Keith Groven, fresh sales manager of Black Gold Farms, said in the release.