The Heartland

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About the region

At the end of the Ice Age, melting glaciers scattered Minnesota’s Heartland with shallow hollows amid rolling hills – the perfect landscape for growing quality potatoes. These prairie wetlands gather winter snowmelt and, along with the region’s plentiful lakes, keep the fertile, sandy soil rich and moist to nourish the potatoes.

Meet the farmers

Learn about some of our farming partners.

Warren and Wayne Warmbold – Park Rapids, Perham and Wadena Farms

Warren and Wayne Warmbold

Park Rapids, Perham and Wadena Farms – Perham and Wadena, MN

For Warren, what matters is "being a steward of the land." Sustainability is his passion, and both he and Wayne are focused on environmentally friendly farming. "We think about how our decisions are going to impact the land, the water, our neighbors and community."

Joel Steffel – Park Rapids Farm

Joel Steffel

Park Rapids Farm – Park Rapids, MN

Joel knows the challenges of working with Mother Nature, but for him, it's all worth it just to watch the fields on a nice, cool day after sunset. "There's just nothing better."

Potatoes by the numbers

  • 2,300,000,000 lbs

    Pounds of potatoes grown annually in the Heartland

  • 8 oz

    Average weight of a Russet potato

  • 4,600,000,000

    Total potatoes grown in the Heartland

  • 5 inches

    Average length of a Russet potato

  • 24,901 miles

    Circumference of the Earth


  • 14x

    Laid end to end, that’s enough potatoes to circle the earth 14 times!

All figures are approximate and are intended to reflect industry-wide grower production in region.

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*"Emerging Faith in Food Production," Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink, 2014