All About Potato Farming in Monte Vista, CO

At the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC), we’re dedicated to helping potato growers in the San Luis Valley. It’s a perfect slice of paradise with optimal growing conditions. Over 150 potato growing families call it home. CPAC was formed in 1941 to support local growers and shippers. By upholding high-quality standards and practicing sustainability, we’ve helped make the world of potato growing better. Our research and marketing teams also lead the way in spreading awareness and education. With the help of the local potato growers, we’ve been proud to oversee all types of expansion with many potato varieties. Additionally, our team has created a multi-level inspection process to ensure the safety and quality of over two billion pounds of Colorado potatoes every year. This way, you know you’re always getting the best.

Main Office Location and Directions

Our main office is located on Park Avenue. You’ll notice we’re nestled right in the middle of Monte Vista. It is best to reach us via phone, email, or fill out our contact form when you have questions. We’re always happy to provide information for all services regarding potatoes from farmers to shipping. No two potatoes are alike, and neither are our family of services. We treat everyone with a unique approach tailored to them and their needs. If you’re curious about our process, reach out! We love to spread our knowledge of our great state, valley, and potatoes in general!

 

For more information or assistance don’t hesitate to reach out via phone, email or by completing the form below and letting us know how we can help:

Colorado Potato Administrative Committee
1305 Park Avenue, P.O. Box 348
Monte Vista, Colorado 81144

Phone: 719.852.3322
Fax: 719.852.4684

Executive Director: James J. Ehrlich, jehrlich%$coloradopotato[]org
Assistant Director: Linda Weyers, lweyers%$coloradopotato[]org
Marketing Administrative Assistant: Jessica Crowther, jcrowther%$coloradopotato[]org

Our Business Hours:- 

Sunday        Closed
Monday       8:00 AM–12:00 PM; 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Tuesday      8:00 AM–12:00 PM; 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM–12:00 PM; 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Thursday     8:00 AM–12:00 PM; 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Friday          8:00 AM–12:00 PM; 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Saturday      Closed

Why Potatoes?

Think about every restaurant you’ve been to, every recipe involving potatoes, and how versatile potatoes can be. Everyone has a use for potatoes in all cuisines and regions of cooking. From hash browns to samosas, they’re a widely-celebrated perennial. Over 70 different varieties of potatoes grow in the San Luis Valley. This gives way for all types of dishes and delicious creations. With this many potatoes being grown, shipped, and consumed, it’s important to have a system in place to ensure high quality is always met. CDA’s Inspection Service program inspects more than 2.1 billion pounds of produce from Colorado annually – the largest contributors being potatoes.

The San Luis Valley

Colorado is home to some of the most delicious potatoes. The San Luis Valley is special to us and the hundreds of farmers who grow many crops. The combination of pure mountain water, nutrient-rich soil, and the abundance of sunshine make it the perfect place to create fresh potatoes. With a rich history in agriculture and two unique mountain ranges surrounding the valley, it’s a sight to behold. Even National Geographic has listed it as one of the “world’s most spectacular road trips.” We encourage visitors to come to visit the San Luis State Park, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and the three natural hot springs. There’s plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, rock climbing, and other activities waiting for you.