Potato Farm Videos

Watch and learn exactly how potatoes are grow, harvested, and stored, how they get to the potato chip facility and how they go from delicious potatoes to scrumptious potato chips.

Quick Facts:

  • Potatoes are Ontario’s largest fresh vegetable crop and the world’s fourth largest food crop.
  • Today’s annual Ontario acreage of potatoes is approximately 37,000 acres.
  • There are about 120 farmers growing potatoes in Ontario1, and 1,100 potato growers across Canada.2
  • Potato growers across Canada generate farm gate value of approximately $1.2 billion annually.3
  • Potatoes are an annual crop, which means they’re planted each year in the spring and harvested in the fall.
  • Potato chips were invented about 150 years ago by a chef who sliced potatoes so thin, you could see through them!
  • Store your potatoes in a cool, dark place with a temperature of between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius where air can easily circulate.
  • Don’t peel the skin from your potatoes before you eat them. The skin adds flavour and nutrients to your dish.
  • When stored at home at the proper temperature, your potatoes will keep for several weeks.
  • Potatoes turn green—which is a normal colour change—when they’re exposed to light.
  • In 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.
  • Potatoes aren’t just for eating! You can use them to create a decorative stamp, to polish tarnished silver, remove rust, and remove excess salt from your soups.