Potato Grower

September 2018

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 35 The RIGHT Storage Design. The RIGHT Climate Equipment. The RIGHT Sprout Control... The RIGHT Storage Design. The RIGHT Climate Equipment. The RIGHT Sprout Control... 24/7 Controls Access FOR ALL OF YOUR POST-HARVEST NEEDS, CALL AGRI-STOR! TWIN FALLS, ID: 208.733.7000 BLACKFOOT, ID: 208.785.7000 WARDEN, WA: 509.349.7000 ...and, the App for Peace of Mind. ...and, the App for Peace of Mind. 1959-22AgriStor13s.indd 1 7/30/18 4:29 PM 162809Baicor13s.indd 1 10/25/16 2:58 PM •Visited NASA in Houston, where an astronaut did a "moon walk" on the big potato, then declared, "America now has its own "Spud-nick!" •Helped fulfill a Make-A-Wish for a boy in Virginia who was born with a rare form of dwarfism •Been the star of our popular nationally televised commercials If you're wondering what we did with the old potato, we donated it to Kristie Wolfe, a former Tater Team member, who is in the process of turning it into a tiny house in Idaho. And, if it's anything like her other tiny houses—a Hobbit Inn in Washington state, a tree house in Hawaii and a reclaimed Forest Service lookout in Idaho—it will be a sight to see! You can follow the transformation on Instagram at @bigidahopotatohotel. Now, about the new potato: It's just as impressive, with a few subtle differences. It's made from fiberglass so it's sturdier, lighter and a little trimmer in the middle so we can take it more places. The most commonly asked question we got about the old potato was, "Is it real?" We're certain that won't change with the new potato. If the potato was real, it would… •Be the equivalent of 21,562 medium- sized potatoes •Make 20,217 servings of mashed potatoes •Make close to 1 million french fries •Take nearly 7,000 years to grow •Take about two years to bake My favorite part of the Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour is its charity component, "A Big Helping—Idaho Potatoes Supporting Local Causes Nationwide." In many of the markets the Truck visits, it works with a local charity to help raise funds and awareness about the organization or the important cause it supports. A signature board is set up at the event, and for every signature collected, $1 (up to $500) is donated to the nonprofit. I'm pleased to announce that this charity component will continue. Keep your eyes peeled, because the Big Idaho Potato Truck is traveling across America promoting Idaho's most famous crop. To see when it will be in your neck of the woods, visit www. bigidahopotatotruck.com.

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