F2F Meet the Grower: John Coombs
John Coombs is a third-generation potato farmer in Southern New Jersey near the shore. Tending to 350 acres of white potatoes in this region is a different experience than growing potatoes in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The humid climate is not ideal for potato farming, so John’s family farm takes extra precautions to nurture a healthy white potato crop.
Due to their light skin and flesh, white potatoes can show bruising and blemishes more easily. However, when grown with care and attention, white potatoes are an affordable, stable, versatile potato. White potatoes are moist and produce a superb baked potato, which is John’s go-to snack or side after a long day in the field.
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