If you are driving around the Skagit Valley this time of year you will surely see potatoes being harvested. Fresh market potatoes (red, yellow and white varieties) are one of the predominant crops grown here. This month’s interview is with Darrin Morrison, a potato farmer in the Skagit Valley. Darrin is co-owner of Skagit Valley Best’s Produce as well as Smith Morrison Farm. His family has been farming in the Skagit Valley since the 1800’s and he is dedicated to keeping agriculture viable.
During our visit Darrin explained the history of his family farm and he gave us a fascinating tour of their potato processing and packing operation. Darrin is the current president of the Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland Board of Directors.
(Left: Morrison discussing the farm bill with Congresswomen DelBene; photo credit-Skagit Valley Herald 2013)
The full interview is available on the Harmony Field’s podcast. The images below show some of the fresh market potatoes varieties that we discussed in our interview.
One variety of red potato, Cheiftan, grown on the farm (top). Yellow potatoes moving through the processing plant (middle) and some wholesale Skagit Valley’s Best boxes waiting for shipment (bottom).