The Virginia Department of Agriculture reports Virginia is experiencing a high demand for potatoes for 2019.
Demand for red and yellow potatoes is unprecedented this year, according to some farmers. Virginia is one of the top potato-producing states during the summer months, with an estimated value of production of nearly 17 million dollars in 2018.
The weather has been favorable in Virginia for potato-growing conditions, leading to better harvests.
Prices for potatoes have also gone up from last year. According to reports from the Market News office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “50-pound sacks of round white potatoes started the season at $14.75 compared to $12.75 last year; 50-pound sacks of round red potatoes are as high as $23.75, more than double the 2018 price of $10.75. Yellow potatoes are as high as $23.75 compared to $17.75 last year.”
While potatoes are grown in various parts of the state, the Eastern Shore dominates when it comes to potato production.