Family Owned Since 1921
Passion for potatoes since 1921.
Elvin Huntsinger established Huntsinger Farms in 1921 in the bottom of a barn. He was an innovator, businessman and farmer who developed his own home-made tools. Today, we continue to utilize the latest equipment, technology and farming practices adopted from around the world to create ideal potato products. We are passionate about potatoes, which is seen in every bag that leaves our door. Potatoes are more than just a vegetable. They are a way of life for all of us here at Huntsinger Farms.
We do potatoes. All day, every day. We grow premium red, white and gold spuds and ship them in a variety of size packages to fit any of your potato needs. Our customers range from nationwide retailers, regional grocers and local organizations.
It is our mission to provide delicious, nutritious, quality potatoes to our customers utilizing sound business and agriculture practices. Here at Huntsinger Farms, we value our employee health, safety and well-being. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and learn from our mistakes. We serve our customers and community with honor, respect and integrity.
These principles form the foundation of Huntsinger Farms and will continue to open opportunities for generations to come.
"Always give people more than what they expect to get"
- Nelson Boswell
We make things happen.
Alan and Ruth
You have questions. We have answers.
Why do potatoes turn green? Can I eat a green potato?
Potatoes turn green when they are exposed to light. The green color is actually chlorophyll developing in the skin. Solanine is also formed during this development, which helps give the potato it's taste. If this greening should occur, simply peel it away and cook like you normally would. We don't recommend eating any green parts due to the bitter taste.
How do I store potatoes?
Great question. We suggest keeping your spuds in a cool, dark place such as a garage or basement. The darkness helps prevent greening and the cool temperature prolongs freshness. It's not a great idea to put potatoes in the refrigerator because it can alter the yummy potato flavors. And a fresh tuber that's frozen and then thawed is a, umm, mess. Don't do it.
What should I do with sprouted potatoes?
Don't be scared of those long, finger-like stems that are growing on your potatoes which have been under your sink for a month. Sprouting occurs when the potato is trying to grow. Cut the sprouts off, toss them in the trash and enjoy your potato like it never happened.
What does US #1 and US #2 mean?
This is a standard of quality for potatoes set by the US government. #1 spuds are the most handsome, having very minimal surface and internal defects. #2 potatoes are slightly less pretty and may have surface or internal flaws that don't look as appealing to the eye. Each classification is equally nutritious as the other and tastes just as delicious.
Why are some potatoes in plastic bags and some in paper?
In today's potato packing world, plastic represents high quality, premium products. We use a plastic bag with an anti-greening front, which prevents greening and therefore preserves the quality of your potatoes. Paper bags are usally reserved for the lower quality spuds, like #2 or unclassifieds.
Where did potatoes come from?
The Inca Indians from Peru began cultivating potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 BC. The Spanish explorers discovered them and brought some back to Europe. Eventually they made their way to the states in the early 1,600's.
Here's where you can find us.
Let's face it, you probably have many, many more curiosities that are keeping you awake at night. Let us know what's on your mind. Give us a call, shoot over an e-mail, check us out on Facebook or swing by for a visit. Someone will be here. Really. We work a lot.
Here's to you, HF Inc.
We've come a long way from packing potatoes in the bottom of a barn. Many changes have taken place since our grandfather, Elvin, founded this company in 1921. People have come and gone, equipment has become more efficient, but one thing has always remained...our potato family. Take a look at some of the ways we used to do things and see who helped create the Huntsinger Difference.