The Heartland

About the region

At the end of the Ice Age, melting glaciers scattered Minnesota’s Heartland with shallow hollows amid rolling hills – the perfect landscape for growing quality potatoes. These prairie wetlands gather winter snowmelt and, along with the region’s plentiful lakes, keep the fertile, sandy soil rich and moist to nourish the potatoes.

Meet the farmers

Warren and Wayne Warmbold

Park Rapids, Perham And Wadena Farms – Perham And Wadena, MN

For Warren, what matters is "being a steward of the land." Sustainability is his passion, and both he and Wayne are focused on environmentally friendly farming. "We think about how our decisions are going to impact the land, the water, our neighbors and community."

Joel Steffel

Park Rapids Farm – Park Rapids, MN

Joel knows the challenges of working with Mother Nature, but for him, it's all worth it just to watch the fields on a nice, cool day after sunset. "There's just nothing better."

Potatoes by Numbers

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2,300,000,000 lbs

Pounds of potatoes grown annually in the Heartland

8 oz

Average weight of a Russet potato


Total potatoes grown in the Heartland

5 inches

Average length of a Russet potato

24,901 miles

Circumference of the Earth



Laid end to end, that’s enough potatoes to circle the earth 14 times!

All figures are approximate and are intended to reflect industry-wide grower production in region.
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