Maine’s potato harvesters are having a good year. The state is usually around the ninth-biggest potato producing state in the US, with a crop of close to 2 billion pounds. The Maine Potato Board said that as this year’s harvest season is ending, growers saw a larger than average crop.
This productivity is good news for the state’s industry, which suffered a below-average potato yield in 2020. Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said the 2021 harvest has about 8,000 new acres of production, which it needs to meet demand. Maine potatoes are sold in stores and farmers markets as well as used in frozen and processed products.