There are a lot of shortages I could suffer through, but French fries would be a tough one. We might just be duped with those fake fries that are some kind of dough covered with a tasteless crust. You know the ones.

It seems potato processors are scrambling to buy supplies and ship them across North America. All of this in an effort too keep French fries on the menus after a rather dismal year for potato growers in the U.S. and Canada.


Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota farmers were forced to leave a lot of their crop of spuds in the field due to rain and early snow. Potatoes that were harvested tend to be smaller this year and French fry makers prefer a longer potato.

“French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission.

I realize there are bigger issues in the world but French fries always make things better, right?


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