If you're like most people, you probably don't give much thought to the humble potato. But believe it or not, there are big differences between the potatoes you'll find at your local supermarket and the ones sold by farmers. In this post, we'll take a closer look at some of those differences and help you decide which type of potato is right for you.
When it comes to potatoes, there are two main options: farm potatoes and supermarket potatoes. Both have their pros and cons, but which one is the better option?
Farm Potatoes: Pros
- Farm potatoes are generally fresher than supermarket potatoes because they don’t have to travel as far to reach the consumer.
- Farm potatoes often come in eco-friendly packaging, such as reused cardboard boxes or biodegradable bags.
- Tatties and spuds from farms can sell varieties that are not available in supermarkets or that are hard to get.
- Buying tatties and spuds from farms supports local farmers.
- Some people believe that farm potatoes have a better flavor than supermarket potatoes.
- Farm potatoes can be cheaper than supermarket potatoes, depending on the time of year and where you live.
- Unwashed potatoes have a longer shelf live
Farm Potatoes: Cons
- Unwashed tatties and spuds can be covered in dirt, mud, or other debris.
POTATOES FROM SUPERMARKETS
Supermarket Potatoes: Pros
- Supermarket potatoes are typically sold prewashed in plastic bags, which saves consumers time and effort.
Supermarket Potatoes: Cons
- Supermarket potatoes have been treated with chemicals that prevent them from sprouting.
- Supermarket potatoes usually travel further than those from farms, which means they may not be as fresh.
- Supermarket potatoes are often packaged in plastic bags, which is not as eco-friendly as other packaging options.
- The variety of supermarket potatoes is often limited compared to what’s available from farms.
- Buying potatoes from supermarkets doesn’t support local farmers like buying from farms does.
- Supermarket potatoes can be more expensive than those purchased directly from farms, depending on the time of year and where you live.
So, which type of potato is right for you? If you want the freshest, most flavorful potatoes around, go for farm-grown varieties. But if you need a potato that are treated with chemicals go for supermarket variety. Either way, though, fresh is always best!
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