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Sourcing Potatoes

Potatoes in Minnesota are typically grown either by small farmers who have limited capacity to sell to a school; or by large farms that sell directly to distributors and do not have the on-farm cleaning and bagging facilities that are needed to produce an acceptable product for schools. Mid-sized potato farms with on-farm cleaning facilities are very rare in the state. Therefore, you may need to source locally-grown potatoes through a broker or dealer.

Regulations on Buying Potatoes Directly from Farmers

Minnesota state laws permit retail establishments and foodservices to purchase raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from any farmer who is selling the produce of his or her own farm. See Finding Local Food for databases and directories of local producers.

Fact Sheet for Buying Produce (282 K PDF)

Food Buying Guide Specifications

Reference: Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Food As Purchased (How the Product Can Be Purchased)

Purchase Unit (How You Should Order the Product)

Servings per Purchase Unit (How Many Servings You Will Get Per Purchase Unit)

Serving Size per Meal Contribution (For Each Meal Component Category)

Amount Needed to Buy of the Purchase Units for 100 Servings

Additional Information (AP = As Purchased)

Potatoes, Fresh   Red

Pound

9.88 Servings

¼ cup diced, cooked vegetable with skin

10.2 Pounds

1 pound AP = about 2 3/8 cups cooked potatoes

Potatoes, Fresh Russet or White, All Sizes

Pound Pound

8.90 Servings 9.70 Servings

¼ cup pared, cooked, diced vegetable ¼ cup diced, cooked vegetable with skin

11.3 Pounds 10.3 pounds

1 pound AP = .74 pounds baked potato without skin 1 pound AP = about 2 3/8 cups cooked, unpeeled, diced potatoes

Potatoes, Fresh, Russet or White, 120 count

Pound

2.66 Servings

1 whole, baked potato (about ½ cup cooked vegetable)

37.6 Pounds

1 pound AP = 1 2/3 cups baked potato with skin

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