Shafter long-white potato

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    Dennis H Egts

    I have been looking for starts for the long white potato that were grown in calif. They were known to me as shatter potatoes .Do you have any info. on these potatoes or how to get some starts ?? Thanks, Dennis


    Steve Albert

    The potato you are looking for is the Shafter Long White. It is a baking potato named for the town of Shafter, California–north of Bakersfield. The Shafter Long White was very popular in the 1940s and 50s; it is similar to and may, in fact, be a White Rose potato–just simply renamed for the town which was surouned by fields of sandy loam soil excellent for growing early spring potatoes such as the Shafter Long White. In the 1940’s Shafter had 23 potato sheds shipping hundreds of rail cars of potatoes daily during harvest season. At that time Shafter Long White and White Rose were sold under those respective names–though they were considered together to be the best baking potatoes in the country. There does not seem to be a seed company selling long white potatoes under the Shafter Long White name, but you can still get White Rose potatoes from the Ed Hume seed company. Here is a link:


    Dennis H Egts

    Thanks for your time and response. I’ve spent some time now trying to get more information on the Shafter potato.l was a produce manager in Seattle in the 60s and 70s and always looked toward to the Shafters ,they were a real treat. Seems like some good things just disappear. Dennis

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