Re: Shipping Potatoes

Ralph W. Brown

Hi Bob,
I lived on Long Island (NY) in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.  When we lived in the Bellerose section of Queens, wen could look out our back windows onto a farm that grew, among other things, potatoes!  Potatoes were a big crop on Long Island and, of course, we deemed them the best, but I recall that the local A&P offered Maine and Idaho potatoes as well, so I’d say potatoes definitely traveled significant distances.
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532


From: Bob Chaparro via
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2021 2:18 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Shipping Potatoes

Shipping Potatoes

For the time period of this group, would the primary potato varieties have been shipped long distances (let’s say 2,000 miles-plus) or would they have been typically  limited to regional transport?


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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