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Idaho farm exporting fresh potatoes

SouthWind Farms, based in Heyburn, is exporting fresh potatoes to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia. According to partner Jerry Tominaga, they grow around 700 acres commercially. What it exports: SouthWind grows fingerlings and round “marbles,” or baby potatoes. The specialty potatoes come in yellow, red, purple and white. “We are a grower, packer and shipper,” Tominaga said. Potato planting begins around April 1 and harvest around Aug. 1. The potatoes are typically 2 to 4 1/2 inches long, but SouthWind also sells “minis” that are 1 3/4 inches or smaller. “We have been shipping indirectly or directly to supermarkets and exporters,” Tominaga said. Shipments from the farm take three to four weeks to reach their destinations. More

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