Explore Michigan potato sourcing tips, resources, and recipes.

Potatoes come in a variety of shapes, colors, and flavors to suit institutional food service needs. They are also a healthy option, offering a number of important nutrients. Potatoes are grown in every region of the state, making Michigan the eighth largest producer in the country. The field fresh season for potatoes is from August to mid-November, but potatoes are available for almost the entire year since they store exceptionally well.

Facts about Michigan Potatoes

  • Michigan ranks eighth in the nation for potato production, with more than 50,000 acres dedicated to growing potatoes. 
  • Michigan is home to more than 70 potato farms, most of which are multi-generational family farms.
  • When potatoes are stored in temperatures lower than 50°F, their starches convert to sugar. This can result in a sweeter taste and discoloration when the potatoes are cooked.
  • Especially with their skins on, potatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. 
  • Store potatoes in a cool, well-ventilated place where they are not exposed to sunlight. 

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