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Wong Potatoes from Klamath Basin

Robert Lichtenberg, Earl’s Director of Purchasing, recently visited third generation potato farmers Dee Dee and Daniel Chin of Wong Potatoes in Klamath Basin, Southern Oregon, less than an hour from the California border.  Since the 1930’s it has been a family run business, growing, packing and shipping potatoes in the United States.  The Klamath Basin is ideal for growing all kinds of potatoes including fingerling and russets because of the high elevation of 4,100 feet and ideal soil.

The potatoes are grown on over 500 acres and are packed and stored in dirt inside a partially buried shed.   In the cool dirt the potatoes are tricked into thinking they are still buried deep in the ground and will not sprout during storage.  When it is time to pack the potatoes, the doors to the shed are opened and a padded tractor loads the potatoes on to a truck.  From there the truck dumps the potatoes on to the line where they are sorted.  Ultimately the potatoes are put through a pre-wash, sort, wash and rinse before being packed up for delivery.

This week Earl’s has fingerlings on our Weekly Specials

Out of the cellar and onto the line

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