The Maine Potato Board stated that the harvest, which is wrapping up right now, has about 8,000 new acres of production, which it says is necessary to meet the demand. The current, big yield comes off a small crop in 2020 that was down about 20 to 30 percent due to the drought.
This year, farmers say Mother Nature was more generous. Maine Potato Board Executive Director Don Flannery told fox23maine.com: "We raise potatoes from Fryeburg to Fort Kent, and most areas got more rain this summer than last, so they had good growing conditions, that being said, northern Aroostook was still really dry, but again had a good crop up there."
The Maine potato business brings in millions of dollars to the state.