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.
*"Emerging Faith in Food Production," Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink, 2014
Pounds of potatoes grown annually in the Heartland
Average weight of a Russet potato
Total potatoes grown in the Heartland
Average length of a Russet potato
Circumference of the Earth
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.