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Monte Vista Potato Growers has long history in San Luis Valley

The Monte Vista Potato Growers Cooperative Association is deeply rooted in the history of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. “MVPG was chartered under the Caper Volstad Act in 1923 and has been in continuous operation since that time,” General Manager Steve Tillman told The Produce News on Aug. 23. “Currently we have eight active members growing approximately 2,000 acres of potatoes.”

According to Mr. Tillman, the association’s growers primarily produce russets and yellows. “We are planning on having a limited supply of reds this season,” he added.

Despite hot, dry conditions in the valley, Mr. Tillman said the season is progressing well. “We should have average yields and good quality,” he stated. Most of the organization’s growers will begin harvesting in early September and continue through mid-October. Potatoes are packed under the “Peacock,” “MVPG” and “Banner” labels. “We do a lot of private labels for our customers,” Mr. Tillman stated.

The association provides a host of packing options to its customers. “We are capable of packing most any package from tote bags to 3-pound poly, and almost any size in between,” Mr. Tillman said. “Our cartons are electronically sized, and all poly bags are check-weighed to ensure accurate weights.”