Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Yearly Archives: 2024

Potato Flake & Flour Plant Operating in Central Wisconsin

February 16th, 2024 | Filed under:

Top Tier Ingredients facility built by Pavelski family to meet growing customer needs. By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater With knowledge and experience in the potato business dating back five generations, the Pavelski family of Heartland Farms, in Hancock, Wisconsin, is using that experience…

Interview with Wyatt Kram

February 16th, 2024 | Filed under:

By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater In the northern plains of West Fargo, North Dakota, Crary Industries is best known in the Wisconsin potato and vegetable industry as home to Lockwood Manufacturing. With a history that includes sunflower seed and bean harvesting equipment, anhydrous…

Baked Eggs in Mashed Potatoes

February 16th, 2024 | Filed under:

Column and photos by Ali Carter, Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary We are a family that enjoys mashed potatoes as a regular staple at our dinner table. Because we do not wait for the holidays to serve up the creamy side dish, you can spy leftover…

Food + Farm Exploration Center Grand Opening Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

January 11th, 2024 | Filed under:

Board members, donors, legislators, growers, and the media got a first-hand look at the center By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater The Food + Farm Exploration Center (FFEC) in Plover, Wisconsin, was buzzing with activity, November 30-December 2, during three Grand Opening events befitting…

Interview with Joe Ebben

January 11th, 2024 | Filed under:

By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater Family owned and operated since its inception in 1951, Kriete Truck Centers has been earning customer trust through honesty and proven expertise in product, service, and support for more than 70 years. Currently operating 10 locations across Wisconsin,…

Chicken (or Pheasant or Turkey) Pot Pie

January 11th, 2024 | Filed under:

Column and photos by Ali Carter, Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary For full disclosure, while it may be January, this recipe was concocted and enjoyed last October. We are a family of bird hunters and own two crazy, hyper, need-attention-always bird dogs, also known as Wirehaired…

2023 Wisconsin Potato Crop Report

December 15th, 2023 | Filed under:

Growers report above average yields and excellent quality despite hot, dry weather By WPVGA Executive Director Tamas Houlihan The 2023 Wisconsin potato crop got off to a late start due to cold and wet weather in April. Planting was delayed by a week to 10…

Interview with Dennis West

December 15th, 2023 | Filed under:

By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater The warm days and cool nights north of the 45th parallel in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, aid in the growing and storing of Russet Burbank potatoes, according to Dennis West of Nuto Farm Supply. “As for potatoes, we only…

Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

December 15th, 2023 | Filed under:

Column by Ali Carter, Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary The history of how the recipe came to be and the woman behind it are as delectable as the dish Favorite family recipe shared by Lisa O. O’Flyng, Ruder Ware Hello, readers. I am thrilled to share…

Gumz Farms Expands Packing Shed

November 10th, 2023 | Filed under:

Grower, packer, shipper also adds its fourth storage facility in the last five years By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater Gumz Farms has been undertaking a large expansion and remodel at its Endeavor, Wisconsin, packaging facility to better serve customers and meet growing demand.…

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