CORINTH — The potato harvesting season is in full swing.
The potato is a well known crop in the state of Maine.
“The soils are so rich in Maine and the micronutrients that it works really good for potatoes,” said Paul Thomas, owner of Thomas Vegetable Farm.
Paul Thomas said they generally begin planting potatoes in May and allow them to grow throughout the summer to harvest in September.
“Generally, you like to be done by the middle of October if you can before it gets too cold,” Paul Thomas said. “That’s where we seem to get the best quality.”
Paul Thomas’ father, Frank, said harvesting has changed throughout the years.
“The electronics have taken over the harvesters, but there’s still man power needed to run the electronic and run the trucks,” Frank Thomas said.
According to Paul Thomas, this year’s crop looks above average.
“Mother nature, she gave us rain when we needed it,” Paul Thomas said. “It was a little cooler this summer than previous, which is good for potatoes.”
Paul Thomas said when shopping for potatoes, you want to look at the size and quality.
“You want a clean, white skin, most people want the larger potatoes. Nobody likes pealing golf balls,” Frank Thomas said.
They said the one thing to look out for on potatoes is blemishes.
“When they’re in the grocery store, you shouldn’t see anything like that because the potatoes, Maine has such a tight standard on them that when you buy state of Maine inspected potatoes, you’re getting quality,” Paul Thomas said.
Thomas farms has stands in Corinth and on Broadway in Bangor and products are also available at Hannaford Supermarket.