For the last 3 months, I have been working at a produce packing plant....processing and packaging fresh fruit and veggies. Not a hard job, not a bad job...not a great job either....but it's a job...an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
We do a LOT of potatoes. LOTS and LOTS of potatoes. Have a line that does nothing but wash, dry, inspect and wrap potatoes for all of the Wendy's Restaurants in Eastern US of A....basically every Wendy's baked potato served east of the Mississippi River comes from our plant.
Tonight we hand inspected and hand bagged nearly 20 tons of Idaho Baking Potatoes. And will do pretty much the same amount of Idaho Baking Potatoes tomorrow. These taters are destined for grocery stores in 5 pound bags.....and I put each and every one of tonight's bags onto a calibrated and certified digital scale to ensure that they all weighed between 5.1 and 5.8 pounds....my right shoulder is about twice the size of my left shoulder and strong enough to snatch an Abrams tank off its tracks!
Now....I got to thinking....Idaho potatoes....are these taters from last Fall's harvest or are they actually harvesting potatoes in Idaho already.
So, if anyone on SOH is from Idaho....are they harvesting taters already? Is Idaho's weather so much warmer than Ohio's weather that Idaho grown potatoes can be harvested 2 to 3 months earlier than Ohio grown potatoes?