Potato Grower

June 2018

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 13 After high school, Bender attended Coastal Carolina University and then had a good job in North Carolina. But about five years ago, his father, David, offered an opportunity to return to the farm full- time. The pull of home finally proved too strong, and Bender and his young family moved back to Chambersburg, Pa., where four generations of Benders have been growing potatoes for almost a dozen decades. Bender Farms grows about 140 acres of potatoes each year. Around half that acreage is dedicated to chipping potatoes, the other half to table stock. They are mostly round white varieties: Atlantic, Reba, Waneta, Norwis and Lamoka will come out of Bender ground in 2018. Most of the Benders' chip potatoes are sold to Utz, though some go to other, smaller East Coast chip processors. HOME

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