Industry Blog

When I took the helm at Summertime in 2015, I spent considerable time reflecting on our place in the industry. I thought about staying the course as a repacker and shipper. After all, the company has been around since the early 1970s, built wonderful relationships with growers, as well as …

Have you ever thought about how much a potato moves, conveys and drops between ground and table? Probably not. Even though I’ve been in this business a long time, this is the first year I’ve really observed the full process because we’ve made some major investments in our farm and …

Summertime Potato - Fred Scott

by Fred Scott I’ve learned more about potatoes in the last few months than I ever thought I’d know in my lifetime. I’m proud to announce that I have joined Summertime Farms as director of sales and marketing. For the last decade, I built my clothing company, Locally Grown Clothing …

Summertime Potato Crop

by Ron Petersen Consumers are noticing food price volatility as a result of market interruptions on a scale few of us have experienced. The supply and demand shifts caused by the pandemic have been abrupt with multiple uncontrollable variables which make it difficult to keep food prices in check. Growers …

Summertime Potato Russet Crop

by Ron Petersen When COVID-19 hit the US and consumer product demand skyrocketed, shoppers were quickly met by empty grocery store shelves. I don’t have to tell grocery produce buyers how strained their supply chains were. Big chains were gobbling up major brand supplies and still falling short, while the …

iowa potato businesses

Did you know that the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in a potato can help ward off disease and benefit human health?   Heart health The potato’s fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. Potatoes contain significant amounts of fiber. Fiber …

THE NUTRITION FACTS LABEL SAYS IT ALL: Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy that we need to perform at our best. More energy-packed than any other popular vegetable, potatoes have even more potassium than a banana. Plus, there’s a potato option to fuel your body and brain throughout the …

Why do your eyes water when you cut onions? And, more importantly, how do you make it stop? We’ve all been through it: Many a recipe starts with the chopping of an onion. The next few steps are accomplished through a haze of tears as the savory and pungent onion …

Onions are one of the oldest foods known to the human race. Onions are mentioned in the Bible as one of the foods the Israelites ate and history shows the ancient Egyptians. The Romans took onions to Europe when they made their way across the continent and the Pilgrims brought …

Sweet potatoes are an excellent way to eat healthy!  They are fat-free and cholesterol-free. Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene.  They are an excellent source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B-6. Sweet potatoes are a superfood and they taste great!  They are excellent accompaniments to poultry, pork, …

Are Potatoes Healthy? Let’s look at the ABC’s of Potatoes According to a National Eating Trends survey, potatoes are America’s favorite side dish, and that’s great news, America, because the potatoes you love are good for you, too. Here is your A to Z guide on potato nutrition:     …