Diaz Travels to Cuba to Represent Colorado Potatoes

On March 27, Segundo Diaz took a break from his farm in Colorado to travel to Cuba.  Diaz joined 15 other members of the U.S. potato industry on an informational exchange mission to Cuba.  The trip began in Havanna, and lasted for five days.  The purpose of this visit was to explore the potential for U.S. potatoes in Cuba, specifically potato seed. They met with officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Commercial Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture.  The group was met with “a lot of respect and friendship,” according... Read More

2017 Doug Monter Scholarship Recipient

Wyatt Clark-Sargent High School The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee is proud to announce that our 2017 Doug Monter Scholarship recipient is Wyatt Clark from Sargent High School!  Wyatt is an active participant in 4-H and in Sargent’s FFA chapter, student government and Knowledge Bowl team.  Wyatt has won numerous 4-H awards, and has competed at the National level in FFA, and has even competed at the International Envirothon!  Wyatt plans on pursing a degree in Agricultural Engineering, then returning to the San Luis Valley to work in the agricultural industry.  Wyatt is a outstanding student, and... Read More

2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest! Congratulations to our two winners and thank you to all the schools who participated in this year’s contest!  We received a large amount of entries, and determining the winners was very difficult. Elementary School Winner! Stacy Libal’s 5th Grade Class from Mary Blair Elementary in Loveland, CO Middle/High School Winner! Stephanie Gillen’s 7th Grade Class from Elbert Elementary School in Elbert, CO

Quick and Healthy Baked Potato Pizzas

Quick and Healthy Baked Potato Pizzas The flavor delicious pizzas, but with baked potatoes! Doesn’t get any better than this! Serves 4 Ingredients 4 (5-to 6-oz.) Russet potatoes, scrubbed 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 4 teaspoons healthy buttery spread 1/2 teaspoon garlic or seasoned salt Snipped fresh chives or green onion tops (optional) 16 slices turkey pepperoni 1/4 cup warm pasta sauce 1/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese 1 Tablespoon minced green pepper 1 Tablespoon sliced green onion Directions Cut a wedge out of each potato about 1/8-inch wide and 1-inch deep... Read More

Colorado Potatoes at the 2017 Ag Day at the Capitol

Ag Day at the Capitol Each year, Colorado celebrates the agricultural industry at the Capitol.  On Wednesday, March 22, growers, chefs, state officials and more from around the state gathered to celebrate Colorado-grown food.  Ag Day at the Capitol recognizes Colorado’s agricultural industry and all it does for our state, including feeding Colorado’s population, its stewardship of our resources, and its economic impact. ACF Colorado Chefs Association ED with CCA Chefs Joan Brewster, Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Ag Day Chair David Collie all spoke about the... Read More

2017 Potatoes USA Annual Meeting

Representing Colorado in the Mile High City Potatoes USA’s Annual Meeting was held at the Denver Marriott City Center from March 13 to the 16.  Colorado was well represented with both staff from Colorado Potatoes and Colorado potato growers.  David Tonso, Segundo Diaz, Sheldon Rockey and Brian Meisner are all board members of Potatoes USA and grow potatoes in Colorado.  All four were in attendance at the Annual Meeting along with Colorado Potatoes staff members Jim Ehrlich, Linda Weyers and Savannah Schlaufman. Colorado Leading the Way One new Colorado Representative, Sheldon Rockey,... Read More

Colorado Potatoes Hearts RDs!

March is National Nutrition Month and Colorado Potatoes has partnered with Produce for Kids to celebrate!  Produce or Kids has launched a program called “We Heart RDs” where they distribute kits to in-store registered dietitians and nutritionists around the country.  The kits are filled with tools and resources that RDs can utilize to educate shoppers on healthy lifestyle choices. As part of the “We Heart RDs” program, Colorado Potatoes are also represented on Produce for Kid’s online RD Resource Center.  Here, RDs can download our Kid’s Activity Book and Variety... Read More

Take Your Athletic Performance to the Next Level with Potatoes

Potatoes help to fuel an active lifestyle.  They offer nutrient-dense carbs and potassium that can power athletic performance.  Carbohydrates are a key source of energy for both your brain and muscles.  The National Academy of Science recommends that both adults and children consume 130 grams of carbohydrates a day.  Potatoes are nutrient-dense, so they can provide these carbohydrates along with essential vitamins and minerals.    Potassium is an electrolyte that helps with muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function.  However, before you reach for a banana, you might want to know that... Read More

Colorado Potatoes Represented on Capitol Hill

Industry Leaders Educate Lawmakers About Potato Needs On February 13 through 16, 2016, representatives of the Colorado Potato Industry joined growers and industry leaders from around the country in Washington D.C. for the National Potato Council’s 2017 Potato D.C. Fly-In.  The National Potato Council holds this annual meeting  to give members of the potato industry a better understanding of and a chance to advocate for the industry’s most pressing federal policy priorities.  This allows representatives to meet with lawmakers, administration officials and regulators and educate them about the importance of the potato industry and how various policies... Read More

Colorado Potatoes and Stones Farm Supply Donate Salad Bars to Sargent Schools

“Raising the Bar” at Sargent Schools Colorado Potato growers are once again participating in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools Challenge.  Sargent Schools is the most recent school to receive a salad bar donation in the valley.  Colorado Potatoes partnered with Chris Sittler of Stones Farm Supply to donate a salad bar, and that donation was matched by Potatoes USA, resulting in two salad bars donated to Sargent Schools. On January 19, Sargent Schools hosted a Potato Bar Event in the Sargent Cafeteria.  In attendance were Chris and Roxanne... Read More