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SPECIALTY POTATOES
" That first run was about a year and a half ago, " Girrbach
said. " They fried up really nice, so we said, 'Let's do it.' "
This year, the Iotts grew 20,000 pounds of Blackberrys just
for Great Lakes Chips.
Girrbach said the purple tubers process and fry like any
other chipping potato.
" I thought the purple potatoes would stain the oil and
we'd have to get rid of it, but they didn't do anything like
that, " Girrbach said. " The time, temperature and structure
were all the same (as other potatoes).
" The slicer does get a little purple, so there is a little extra
work in terms of cleanup and sanitation. "
Future plans
Great Lakes used 6,000 pounds during the first run.
Girrbach said they'll fry and distribute the remaining 14,000
pounds in early 2020.
The good reception of the chips has Girrbach leaning
toward doing them on an annual basis, although probably
not making them a regular item, mostly because of additional
storage requirements.
Girrbach said they plan to evaluate the variety in early
2020 and see about planting it again this year. " Hopefully,
it'll be a year-after-year thing. "
Girrbach said the moderate size of his company actually
worked to its advantage in terms of doing something a
little unusual.
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" The way our production lines are set up, we are probably
a little more nimble than some of the larger chip companies, "
he said.
" I am really excited we were the first ones to make a chip
out of this variety, especially since it's a Michigan State
potato and grown by a Michigan farmer. "
Numerous national and regional chip companies have
experimented with specialty potatoes in recent years,
including blues and purples, with Terra's Blues being the
most widely known line.
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