Local Potato Variety Stages Comeback from near Extinction

Dec 23, 2014

Foggy River Farm has quadrupled their production of Bodega Red Potatoes this year. Until recently the Bodega Red was obscure and endanger of dying out.
Credit Danielle Venton/KRCB

The Bodega red potato was once a mainstay of life in the North Bay. But, after years of neglect, the heirloom spud nearly died out before being rescued by food historians. Today, the Bodega red is once again a thriving commercial success. A survey of farmers suggested that around 30,000 pounds of Bodega reds were grown for consumption this year. 

Emmett Hopkins, farmer at Foggy River Farm, began growing the tuber last season to support Sonoma County's Slow Food movement but the potato did so well he chose to quadruple production this year. 

Find the Bodega Red potato, or other rare foods, near you through LocalHarvest.org

Make spicy gravenstein chowder with Bodega red potatoes.