(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - October 17th, 2013) The potato harvest is nearing completion on Prince Edward Island, as growers have been blessed with favourable weather to harvest their valuable crop. According to Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board, the harvest “is approximately 85% complete across the Island. Yields are generally close to average and the quality of the crop is particularly good this year.”
Naturally, it takes many hands to get those potatoes out of the ground and into storage. Even with modern, labour saving harvesting equipment, potato growers across the province employ a significant number of Islanders at this busy time of the year. Many growers, like Vernon Campbell of Mull Na Beinne Farms in Grahams Road, have a core group of employees that return to work for him every harvest season. “These hard working people are essential to our operation,” says Vernon. “I don’t know what we would do without them. Many of them return to work for us each year and their skills and knowledge help to make our harvest efficient and safe.”
The potato industry continues to a major employer and an economic engine in Prince Edward Island, employing 12% of the Island labour-force directly or in spin-off employment. The potato industry in PEI creates a total economic impact of $1.065 billion dollars.
The new crop of Prince Edward Island Potatoes are already on store shelves across Atlantic Canada and will soon become more prominent in other Canadian and American markets. Island potato growers take pride in providing a high quality and nutritious product for consumers across North America and thank those helping to harvest the crop at this busy time of year. For new recipe ideas on how to include PEI Potatoes into family meals this fall, be sure to visit www.peipotato.com.
Prince Edward Island Potatoes are world renowned for the great taste and quality that comes from growing in the unique red soil of PEI. The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is a producer-controlled association dedicated to supporting the highest performance of an economically and environmentally sustainable potato industry