Events, Fresh/ Table, North America, Varieties

Digging deeper into specialty potatoes: Join University of Maine’s interactive presentation and roundtable

In a move to support the burgeoning interest in unique potato varieties, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is set to host an insightful event for specialty potato growers and enthusiasts. Scheduled for January 22 from 4-6 p.m. at their office on 922 Waterville Road in Waldo, this gathering promises to be a blend of expert knowledge and peer learning.

The highlight of the event is a presentation by Brett Johnson, a noted sustainable agriculture and farm business management educator with UMaine Extension. Johnson is expected to delve into the best practices for cultivating specialty potato varieties, a topic of growing relevance given the increasing consumer interest in potatoes with distinctive sizes, shapes, colors, and flavors.

Following Johnson’s presentation, the floor will open for a roundtable discussion. This segment is particularly geared towards commercial producers of specialty potatoes. It’s an opportunity for these growers to exchange notes on their marketing strategies and experiences. The insights shared here will be invaluable to UMaine’s ongoing efforts in potato variety trials, contributing to the broader understanding of this niche market.

The rising consumer demand for fresh-market, specialty potatoes opens new avenues for crop producers. This event aims to tap into this trend, offering a platform for learning and discussion.

Attendance is free, and light refreshments will be provided. While there is no obligation to contribute, donations are welcome. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register on the event’s webpage.

For further details or to request reasonable accommodations, attendees can reach out to Billiejo Pendleton at or call 207.342.5971. This event is not just a learning opportunity but a chance to be part of a community shaping the future of specialty potato production.

Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Cover image: Brett Johnson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension sustainable agriculture and farm business management educator, and a volunteer pick specialty potato varieties at Rogers Farm in Old Town. Photo courtesy and credit University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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