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Where are Our "Eastern Potatoes" From? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

LED | Jan 22, 200804:32 PM

Our favorite, flavorful potato is a five-pound bag of what appear to be generic Eastern Potatoes from a local chain grocer. We find they carry so much more nuance and, well, flavor than starchy, flavorless Idaho's. The only identifier on the five-pound bag is Mabijo Packing Corp, NYC Terminal Market, Bronx, NY 17474.

So, we wondered, from where do these taters hail? We couldn't figure why they'd have been Maine 'taters, since we assumed the Maine Marketing was only slightly less enthusiastic -- or had only slightly less money -- to market their Aroostook County potatoes than the Idaho farmers.

But we wondered: Could these Eastern Potatoes have come from, say, Ohio or Pennsylvania or New Jersey or Upstate New York? Indiana? West Virginia? Tennessee? Delaware or Virginia or Maryland? What IS an Eastern Potato anyway?

Is there a Department of Agriculture "Eastern Potato" designation?

The only thing we found using Google was that the Mabijo Packing Corp. is apparently upstate, on Rr 2 Box 71, Goshen, NY 10924, (845) 651-7266.

Chowhounders, what say you? -- Brooklyn, NY tater lover

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