There were a few exciting projects last year, but this one is something a bit different for us.
As a Klamath Basin chipping potato farm, we’re used to sending our spuds to plants all over the West Coast to get turned into potato chips and french fries. There’s been a few campaigns where our farm has been featured, including Kettle Brand’s Tater Tracker. However, this time you don’t have to go to a computer – you can find us in stores!
In a joint project with Staunton Farms, we have been sending rose fingerling potatoes to Madera, California to become the prettiest potato chips you’ll ever see in a store. The brainchild of Jaap Langenberg, Warnock Foods has been producing rose fingerling potato chips under the Farm Hand Project name, and on the bags you’ll see “Gold Dust & Walker Farms”!
Wondering how rose fingerling potato chips are different from a regular potato chip? The obvious differences are the color and shape. Since these are made from a potato that has streaks of pink in its flesh, these fry up a yellow to light brown with that same rosy color striping through the chip. Chipping potatoes have been bred to fry up light yellow to white in color, so the sugars present in the rose fingerlings create the darker color of the Farm Hand potato chips. If you’ve seen a fingerling potato, like their name, they’re longer and oblong compared to the spherical shape of a chipper.
Ready to try some? There’s a catch. Farm Hand Project are regionally produced potato chips, which means they’re hard to find. Regardless of their availability in your local grocery store, you still want to know how they taste.
Farm Hand’s potato chips are thicker cut, giving them the same satisfying crunch you get from kettle-style chips. They are nicely salted, and the flavor of the chips itself is very slightly sweeter than a normal kettle chip, but delicious. All in all, these are an excellent addition to any grocers shelves! However, we’re a little biased since we love all things potato and potato chips.
But if you would like to try a rose fingerling chip in general, Trader Joe’s has a very similar product. Since we weren’t able to find any opinions of the Farm Hand Project Rose Fingerling Potato Chips, we relied on some unbiased reviews of the Trader Joe’s brand. And from what we saw of the few reviews were able to find, people like them!
In a thread on Hipinion.com, a user asked if they were any good and was told the chips are “really, really good”. Food blogger Kirbie posted on KirbieCravings.com some of her finds at a local Trader Joe’s, including the Rose Fingerling Potato Chips, and wrote, ” I really like these new chips from Trader Joe’s. The rose fingerling potatoes have hints of pale pink color in each potato chip. The chips are very crunchy and lightly salted. They taste like classic homemade potato chips. ” But the award for most enthusiastic review goes to Barry (Barry, Barry, Barry.) from the In The Chips YouTube channel:
If you get a chance to try Farm Hand Rose Fingerling Potato Chips, we’d love to hear what you have to say and even see a photo of them on a store shelf. It’s always exciting to get into a new market, and to have our farm’s name included makes it even more so!