Spuds under Siege

Do Other States Dare Challenge Our Supremacy?

Story and Photos by Paige Nelson

I just can’t wait for spud harvest,” was the most popular phrase on the first day of school at South Fremont High. At South, and at many other potato-town schools like it, classes let out for two weeks—a break unique to Idaho and her iconic crop.

For some of the kids at my school, spud harvest was just a vacation, but for me, the farmer’s daughter, it meant work. Nor did the job end once the spuds were dug and the kids went back to school. Idahoans must remain hard at it to ensure their crop reaches the dinner table. And sometimes, that table is right here in Idaho.

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