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A pyramid of potatoes stands tall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Jan. 10, 2023.

It’s certainly not news to my family, friends and coworkers that I am a huge fan of potatoes.

I’ve said it multiple times throughout my life and it remains true — you can do anything with a potato and it will be good.

Mashed potatoes, french fries, potato soup, pierogi, potato chips, tater tots, potato doughnuts — the list is endless.

Spending time at the Pennsylvania Farm Show always gives me proof that there are plenty of other people who share my regard of this wonderful root vegetable.

There is always a line for the famous Farm Show potato doughnuts, seemingly no matter what time you get to the show.

I spent all of Tuesday covering various events at the Farm Show, and my very first stop — well second after saying hi to my coworkers at our Lancaster Farming booth — was getting a fresh, warm potato doughnut.

There’s really no better way to fuel up for a full Farm Show day than with a classic potato doughnut.

If you need more proof of the power of potatoes, look no further than the potato pyramid in the Farm Show’s main hall.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Co-Operative Potato Growers — a group that’s been around for 100 years, I might add — sets up a large display of Pennsylvania potatoes for visitors to admire.

No matter how many times I see it, I can’t help but snap a photo every time. It’s a pyramid of potatoes. You can’t tell me that’s not a photo-worthy display.

Potatoes may not be the top commodity in the commonwealth, but there are over 1,000 potato farms producing over 7,000 acres of the versatile veggie.

I think when most people think of Pennsylvania farms, they picture dairy farms. And I do love ice cream, milk and cheese.

But did you know that the humble potato is the second most consumed food in the U.S., trailing only — can you guess? — milk products.

Clearly, my love of potatoes is not exclusive.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to head back to the Farm Show to savor some of my favorite potato products before the week ends.


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