The 2017 Colorado Potato Harvest Wraps Up

Reaping in Taters Potato harvest is a huge undertaking for San Luis Valley potato growers, and this year’s harvest is coming to a close.  It is the final step in a month long work tending to potato plants. Storing Potatoes During Harvest Potatoes take around 2-3 months to grow depending on the variety.  Potato harvest in the San Luis Valley typically occurs in September and October.  These potatoes are then stored for future use, so you can enjoy Colorado Potatoes all year long! The ultra-modern storage facilities control factors like... Read More

2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival

Another Potato Festival in the Books! Colorado Potatoes hosted the 10th Annual San Luis Valley Potato Festival in Monte Vista on September 9th.  The Potato Festival is a long tradition in the San Luis Valley that is put on by Colorado Potatoes to celebrate the Colorado potato harvest. Saturday kicked off with the Tater Trot Fun Run 5K.  The Tater Trot is held each year by the Monte Vista Recreation Department.  Runners faced potato-themed obstacles like the potato-sack-hop and mashed potato army crawl.  After carrying a five pound bag of... Read More

The 2018 Colorado Potatoes Video Contest

The 2018 Colorado Potatoes Video Contest For the 2018 Video Contest, entrants will submit a video that addresses the following prompt: Potatoes Power Performance!  How do Colorado Potatoes power your performance? Videos must be sent to Colorado Potatoes by March 1, 2018.  Videos may be sent as an attachment [email protected]  A You Tube, Vimeo or Drop Box URL can also be sent to [email protected] or via the form above.  Videos may be sent as an attachment in the following forms: MPEG-4, mp4, .mov or m4v.   Please indicate if your... Read More

National Potato Council’s 2017 Summer Meeting

The National Potato Council held their annual Summer Meeting in Denver, CO from June 28 to the 30.  Potato industry leaders from around the nation came to the Brown Palace to discuss the policies that impact the United States potato industry.  Attendees traveled to beautiful Colorado because Dwayne Weyers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee member and co-owner of Aspen Produce, is the current President of the National Potato council. The Summer Meeting is open to all growers and industry leaders eager to advance the potato industry’s most pressing policy debates. Attendees... Read More

Colorado Potatoes Power Ride the Rockies! 

Potato Power! Each year, 2,000 cyclists from around the country and the world travel to beautiful Colorado to participate in Ride the Rockies.  For their 32nd year, Ride the Rockies started right in the heart of the San Luis Valley, in Alamosa, CO!  It is tradition for Colorado Potatoes to participate in Ride the Rockies when their route passes through the San Luis Valley, where we grow our potatoes.  This was the seventh year that riders were treated to a delicious (and free!) Colorado potato along their route.  After 58... Read More

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

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

      Strengthening Demand for Potatoes Nation-Wide Potatoes USA is the marketing organization for the 2,500 commercial potato growers operating all around the United States, including Colorado.  Established in 1971, Potatoes USA’s mission is to Strengthen Demand for U.S. Potatoes and has become a recognized innovator in the produce industry.  Colorado Potatoes staff and representatives alike gained valuable insights from the Annual Meeting’s full agenda.  Those in attendance received reports from Potatoes USA’s Research, Finance, Domestic Marketing, Industry Outreach and International Marketing committees, as well as the Potatoes USA staff. Blair... Read More