Supplies of potatoes from Canada’s Prince Edward Island province are very tight.
“We’re short in Canada and I know they’re also short in Europe and the U.S. has issues as well and it’s due to weather,” says Jennifer Harris of Mid Isle Farms in Albany, PEI. “We had everything. We had a wet spring which delayed growers getting into the fields for planting and then we had a very dry summer that affected yields. And then when October came, it rained and then froze much earlier than it normally would.”
Harris notes that provincially, the estimate is 7,000 acres of potatoes were left in the field as a result of the weather variations.