The Idaho potato season is well underway, with plenty of supplies for holiday dinners, marketers say.
â€œSince the beginning of harvest in early August, we have focused on promoting the farms and packing facilities,â€ said Corey Griswold, COO with Hailey, Idaho-based grower-shipper ProSource Inc.
â€œOnce harvest is complete and everyone settles in, I think this will shake out to be a good market year.â€Â
Demand also is strong from processing potatoes, and that will affect the fresh market, Griswold said.
Any time there is increased demand from the processors it is a positive for the fresh market,â€ he said.
Growing conditions for this yearâ€™s crop were â€œchallengingâ€ and yields are down this year, said Robert Tominaga, president of Heyburn, Idaho-based fingerling grower-shipper Southwind Farms Inc.
However, there is plenty of product available year-round.