Cool, dry summer has Skagit Valley on track for on-time start

09/06/2013 02:17:00 PM
Jim Offner

The potato deal started around Aug. 20, which growers said is normal.

“The last couple of years, we haven’t been able to get started until the week after Labor Day because we were late planting, but this year, we’ll have a normal start,” said Cunningham, whose company grows red, white, yellow, blue and a red-gold potatoes.

A normal start to the potato deal is a nice change of pace, said Cliff Corwin, marketing and sales manager of Mount Vernon-based Skagit Valley’s Best/Smith & Morrison Farms LLC.

“Historically, we’re about normal, but for the last three to four years, it would be early,” he said.

Prices should be better this year, too, said Dale Hayton, sales manager at Valley Pride Sales, a Mount Vernon-based potato grower-shipper.

“The market is certainly stronger than it was at this time last year as we went into the season,” Hayton said.

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