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Harvest begins for Texas potato crop

Red potato harvest in Pearsall, TX (Courtesy: FreshPlaza)

Red potato harvest in Pearsall, TX (Courtesy: FreshPlaza)

May 13, 2019
Black Gold Farms started harvest of the 2019 fresh crop of Texas colored potatoes earlier this week. According to the company, the first run fields have indicated that the quality will be better than ever.

Steve Wright, Farm Manager of the Pearsall farm:

“I’m really excited to be digging our fresh red and yellow spuds. I’ve seen a lot of really good-looking potatoes come out of this area year after year – and this particular season, I’m especially excited.”
Wright recognizes that optimal weather, timing, variety and land selection as triggers that set up the season for success.

Keith Groven, Sales Manager at Black Gold Farms:

“Getting into fresh crop for the year is always exciting – for us at the farm and for our customers. Retailers are thrilled to get their hands on fresh, red and yellow potatoes..”
Black Gold Farms recently finished up a strong storage season out of their North Dakota location.

Texas grown red and yellow potatoes will ship from Pearsall, TX as well Black Gold Farms’ Arbyrd, MO packing facility until early June. After that, Black Gold Farms will transition to their Missouri fresh colored potato crop that will pack and ship out of that location for the summer.

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Texas locally grown 5lb Poly Bag

Texas is a prime example of where local makes a difference, Black Gold Farms said, adding that it has leveraged that consumer demand for local potatoes.

Keith Groven:

“Texas retailers particularly, have witnessed the demand that Texas-grown colored potatoes can create. A lot of product can move when consumers know it’s local.”
Texas locally grown 5# poly packaging and half bins are available for Texas Locally Grown programs for 2019.
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