Idaho Farm Gives Away Potato Stock
Instead of throwing or burying their potato stockpile, an Idaho farm has decided to give away their haul, as market complications caused by COVID-19 took a toll on the crop’s demand.
According to ibtimes.com, Cranney Farms CEO Ryan Cranney took to his Facebook page and advertised their giving away free potatoes to anyone who wants to have a bag or two. In his social media post, Cranney said they started dumping potatoes and have no more room to stock them due to the ongoing COVID-19 disaster.
“The potato supply chain has definitely been turned upside down,” he continued, adding that whoever wants to have “a few bags” can drop by their farm and satisfy their fill of the root crop.
Since the day Cranney created his “Free Potatoes” post, it was shared by the community more than 9,000 times. His act also earned him and his farm tons of praise from the community. Most of his potatoes usually end up as French fries and are sold through a number of eateries, ranging from “upscale restaurants” to “family sit-downs” and diners. But with the ongoing crisis, Cranney said the food business has taken a “total beating.”
“Foodservice numbers are down, restaurant business is maybe 80 to 85% down in some places,” the CEO told KTVB, through Fox News.
Giving away the farm’s harvest for free goes beyond the effects of COVID-19. For Cranney, it’s also helping the people of Idaho. Unemployment caused by the virus had hit the state hard, with the Idaho Department of Labor having the greatest number of unemployment cases in the last four weeks, “than in all of 2019.”
“I just felt like it could be something to maybe give back to the community. I know people are struggling financially with the shutdown of the economy,” Cranney said.