Locavores

From Potato Growers to Restaurant Owners: The Segers Are Redefining Farm to Table “We knew within the first week that we’ve hit on something” says Wendi Seger, speaking of Locavores, Alamosa’s newest restaurant.  On September 5, 2016, Wendi, along with her husband Matt, opened Locavores, a restaurant committed to serving local, fresh food.  The Segers have been potato farmers in the San Luis Valley for over 20 years, but they saw a need for a fresh and healthy restaurant option, which led them into this new venture.  “In 2009 we... Read More

Industry Partners: Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

Colorado Potatoes Needs Your Help! We are participating in Potatoes USA’s Salad Bar Challenge again this year! Last year, with the help of the Colorado potato industry, we donated 20 salad bars! This year, we want to exceed that number! You can help us reach this goal! How? By becoming one of our industry partners! How Does it Work? Colorado Potatoes will cover half of the cost of a salad bar donation. That means, you can help get a salad bar to a school who needs one for only $1,550!... Read More

Activity Book for Kids

Introduce Kids to the World of Potatoes! Kids love potatoes, in fact they are the most consumed vegetable in the United States! Plus, they are an important part of their diet, but how much do they really know about how much this vegetable has to offer? Download our Activity Book for free, to teach kids all about the nutritional value of potatoes, while they play fun games! Activity Book for Kids   Activity Book Solutions

Bringing Potatoes into the Classroom

Share the Importance of Agriculture with your Students The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) consists of twenty eight potato growers and shippers that are elected by the one hundred seventy five potato growers of the San Luis valley in Southern Colorado. These potato growers typically produce nearly 2.2 billion lbs. of potatoes annually on sixty thousand acres of irrigated farmland. For perspective, that is sixty thousand football fields of potatoes. These fields provide an annual supply of potatoes to over 18.3 million people. It isn’t easy work. Potato farmers must... Read More

Peterson Farms, LLC

A Family Farm Mark Peterson grew up in the potato business.  He and his brother, Greg, comprise the third generation of Petersons to farm potatoes in the San Luis Valley.  Mark’s grandfather, Melvin, moved to the valley in the 1930s to farm beginning with 160 acres.  Since then, Peterson Farms has grown into the operation it is today.  The farm stayed in the family, with Mark’s father Ron Peterson, taking over in the late 1950s and Mark and Greg taking over in the early 1990s.  The farm continues to grow... Read More

Skyline Potato

Established in 1991 Skyline Potato is a potato shipper in Center, Colorado.  Founded in 1991, Skyline Potato has since become a major player in the Colorado fresh potato industry.  Offering both conventional and organic product lines, their warehouse runs 1.5 million hundredweight of potatoes a year! Skyline potato has three facilities in the San Luis Valley, including Skyline Potato, Horizon Potato and Purely Organic.  Purely Organic was the first entirely organic packing facility in the San Luis Valley region! Leading the Way Les Alderete is the General Manager at Skyline... Read More

New Nutrition Label

FDA Announces New Nutrition Label On May 20, 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that there will be a new Nutrition Facts label for food products nationwide.  This move to help consumers make more informed decisions about the foods that they purchase and use. First Lady Michelle Obama commented that, “this is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”  Food manufacturers with annual food sales of $10 and above will have until July 26,... Read More

Mix Farms

Three Generations of Farming The Mix family has farmed potatoes and malt barley for three generations.  Mix Farms started with 120 acres, 60 in potatoes and 60 in barley.  Since then, the farm has grown substantially.  They now farm a combined 800 acres, and produce an average potato yield of 350 cwt of yellow potatoes and 450-475 cwt of Russet potatoes.  Mix Farms continues to grow Coors malt barley, and at times green manure.  Mix Farms is also a Certified Potato Seed Grower.  Roger enjoys all aspects of the potato... Read More

Potatoes Contribute $596M to Colorado’s Economy!

Colorado Benefits Greatly from Potato Production Informa Economics recently did a study to determine the economic impact of the Colorado potato complex.  What they found was truly astonishing.  In 2014, the potato industry added $596 million to the state economy through a combined business sales output of $1.17 billion and 3,992 jobs!  The potato industry makes up 10% of Colorado’s agricultural and food processing economy. The Potato Industry Creates Many Colorado Jobs The potato industry in Colorado affects much more than the farmers who produce them.  Many indirectly benefit from potato... Read More

Cutting Potato Seed: The first step on the road to delicious potatoes!

How do you grow the perfect potato? You start with the perfect seed of course!    Every successful potato harvest begins much earlier in the year with planting.  Before delicious Colorado potatoes can make it to your plate, they are first grown with the absolute greatest of care by our Colorado growers.   While springtime may evoke images of spring flowers and warmer weather for you, for our hard working Colorado growers, springtime means  getting potato seed in the ground so it’s ready for harvest in the fall. Not Your Average Seed... Read More