How Much Do Potatoes Cost?
Potatoes are are one of the most consumed vegetables in the United States. As a matter of fact, most Americans eat nearly 50 pounds of potatoes every year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. When buying potatoes, consumers have the option to choose between fresh produce and processed varieties. Although the choice is usually influenced by a consumer’s needs and preferences, the cost also has an impact on the choice of the product.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the type of potato, the costs will vary anywhere from$1 to $2 per pound on average. Larger quantities can cost as little as $2 to $5 per 10-pound bag. The biggest cost factor is the type of potato.
- For instance, a 5 pound bag of russet potatoes could retail for $3 to $5. A 5-lb bag of white potatoes can cost $2 to $4 each. Fingerlings average $1.50 to $2.50 per pound. A gold potato will cost $1 to $2.50 per pound. Purple potatoes can average $1 to $2 per pound and red potatoes can cost $1.25 to $2.50 per pound.
- Cargill Farm in New Hampshire offers the following potato varieties with their corresponding prices: 2.5 quarts red potatoes – $3; individual large red potatoes – $1 (lbs); 1/2 bushel large white potatoes – $10; and 20-lb box of small white potatoes – $10.
- At Costco.com, a 20-lb bag of baking potatoes cost $4.99, while a 50-lb bag of baking potatoes (US #2) costs $7.72. A 10-lb bag of small red potatoes (US #1) cost $5.54, while 50 lbs. of red potatoes (US #2) cost $7.72. Frozen potato preparations are also for sale including the following: diced red potatoes at $4.64 per 5-lb bag; potato salad at $7.90 per 8-lb bag; and 24 lbs. of uncooked potato chips at $26.09.
- FoodCoop.com, a coop based in Brooklyn, New York, sells the many different types of organic potatoes at varying prices. Organic potatoes will cost slightly more than non-organic.
What is going to be included?
- Fresh potatoes usually come in the following consumer unit packages: 5-, 10-, 15- or 20-pound bags.
- Bags for potatoes packed for public consumption typically carry information about the contents, including the potato variety, its origin, the grade, and weight. Bags will also contain nutrition information.
What are the extra costs?
- With some online dealers, delivery orders under $250 (before taxes) are charged a delivery fee of $20. Additional deliver charges and re-delivery fees may also be applied.
- When working with fresh potatoes, there are many tools you can use to make cooking easier. There are many forms of potato cutters that could turn the potatoes into chips, fries, or wedges. There are also potato peelers available to remove the skin from the potato.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type. Fresh potatoes are typically sold on the open market and have better crop-quality standards. For this reason, they cost more than processed potatoes, which refer to potatoes grown and processed to become frozen, chips, dehydrated or canned potatoes.
- Supply. Domestic potato prices can vary according to changes in yield, demand, weather, as well as in supply from imported potatoes and potato products. When a huge number of frozen French fries enters the US, potato processors (who contract to commercial fryers before planting period) may reduce contracts for processing potatoes, which are then rerouted to the fresh produce section. This deflecting process leads to a reduction in the prices of fresh-market potatoes.
- Production. An oversupply of potato produce results to reduced prices for fresh potatoes, whereas, a decrease in production of fresh potatoes brings about an increase in prices. Also, lower shipments from producers keep fresh market potato prices high.
Tips to know:
- U.S. No. 1 is the grade most often seen in consumer packages. This grade means that potatoes are of good quality. The U.S. grade standards are changed from time to time to keep pace with changes in production, marketing procedures, and consumer preferences.
- When buying fresh potatoes, choose ones that are firm and have smooth skin. Avoid buying potatoes that have been washed because they spoil more quickly than unwashed but moderately clean ones.
- Do not purchase potatoes with a greenish shade or cast. They produce a bitter taste and may be toxic.
- Washing potatoes before they are stored can cause dampness that can increase the odds of decay.
- Store potatoes in a cool place to maintain their quality longer.
- Some coops selling potatoes only sell to members. These members are required to pay a set amount each year for their membership fees.
How can I save money?
- Instead of buying loose potatoes, go with bagged spuds instead. Loose ones can cost $1 a pound, while a 5-pound bag can be as low as $2.50.
- Local produce warehouses also sell potatoes at much lower prices. A 50-lb box of #2 grade potatoes can be bought for $5.
- Visit dollar stores. Some of them sell bags of potatoes for 99 cents. These will be smaller bags, but it is still cheaper than a chain grocery store.
- Check with green grocers in your area. They usually sell potatoes that are cheaper and fresher than the ones in the supermarket. Also check your local farmer’s market.