The Maine Potato Board presented the eighth annual Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18, and once again featured the popular Caribou Russet potato. This marks the third year the Caribou Russet was made available at the annual festival celebrating the fall harvest from farmers and food producers.
This year, phone calls started coming in early to the Maine Potato Board, inquiring about availability of the Caribou Russet.
“In all my years working with potatoes, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Don Flannery, MPB executive director. “This potato has it all — great natural flavor, versatility for processing, and it’s grown in Maine. It really is a potato lover’s potato.”
The Caribou Russet hit store shelves with limited supply in 2016. A year later, Hannaford stores began stocking the new variety in produce sections throughout Maine. This year, more Hannaford stores will carry the Caribou Russet, as well as Stop and Shop stores, making it widely available throughout New England.