Have you stopped eating potatoes?
Franci Havemeister, Director of the Alaska Division of Agriculture, is encouraging Alaskans to show their support for their neighbors this winter by purchasing Alaska Grown food items. The Director is particularly encouraging Alaskan’s to eat more Alaska Grown potatoes, as stocks are up and sales are down.
The Alaska Agricultural Statistics Service revealed in their December 1st “Alaska Potato Stocks” report that growers are reporting more potatoes in their storage facilities. Additionally, production this summer was higher than last year, resulting in larger quantities of potatoes to start. Palmer area growers confirm the Agriculture Statistics information, reporting slow sales at the grocery stores. Look for the familiar Alaska Grown logo and if you do not see it, be sure to ask the produce manager.
For more information on how to source Alaska Grown products please contact Amy Pettit at Amy.Pettit@alaska.gov or 907-761-3864.