The Maine Potato Board has announced that the wildly popular Caribou Russet potato will once again be available to consumers at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor this weekend. The Caribou Russet was first made available to consumers at last year’s Maine Harvest Festival, where the supply sold out quickly. This year, the Maine Potato Board has stocked up with more supply and the Caribou Russets will be made more widely available following the Harvest Festival as well.
“It’s always exciting when we can introduce something new to the market,” said Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. “Last year, we introduced the Caribou Russet and saw nearly instant favorability. We call this the potato lover’s potato because of the natural flavor and versatility of it. We’re excited that more consumers will get a chance to fall in love with the Caribou Russet this year.”
Following the Maine Harvest Festival, the Caribou Russet will be available at Tradewinds markets in Eastern Maine and Hannaford Supermarkets statewide. This is the first year this particular potato will be available at Hannaford. Both stores expect to have the product on shelves the Monday following the Maine Harvest Festival.
The 7th annual Maine Harvest Festival is presented by the Maine Potato Board, and runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 & 12, from 10-4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The festival features 150 vendors throughout the Cross Insurance Center, entertainment, contests, and demonstrations. Tickets are just $8 per person, $5 for Veterans with a valid ID at the door, and kids under 12 are admitted for free.
The Caribou Russet was developed by the University of Maine, and is a dual-purpose, russet-skinned variety with high yields, mid-season maturity and moderate common scab resistance. In addition to fresh-market consumption, the new variety is also useful for processing markets.