Question: Where Can I Buy Purple (or Blue) Potatoes?
Answer: Last winter, I wrote a post on what are some sources to purchase purple potatoes to grow in your garden. I have gotten a lot of hits on this post recently. However I think a lot of people are just searching for where to buy the potatoes, not necessarily desiring to grow them. So I decided to answer that question in a post today.
Dr. Oz Mentions Purple Potatoes
Purple potatoes are becoming more popular. People like the pretty color, plus the beta-carotene that gives the potatoes their purple color is very good for us. On January 24th, 2014, the purple potato was mentioned by the popular Dr. Oz. He claims that purple potatoes can help lower your blood pressure. He even mentioned making your own purple potato chips. Check out my recipe for twice cooked potato chips and use purple potatoes instead of the Russett.
Farmer’s Market are the Best
The best place to get purple potatoes is the farmer’s market. You can find them pretty easily nowadays at most large farmer’s markets. They have great eye appeal that attract people to the vendor’s tables. These are going to be the freshest potatoes as well. Sometimes you can get them just dug from the ground the day before!
Sources for Purple or Blue Potatoes
Below are some sources I know that sell them. If you have seen them yourself, please leave a comment below to share with my other readers.
1. Besides the farmer’s market, Whole Foods Market is my best source of purple potatoes. They carry loose purple potatoes. If you are Whole Foods doesn’t have them ask a produce team member if they can get them in. They also sell them in mixed bags of fingerling potatoes that contain purple varieties.
2. Meijer stores (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky) sell bags of Green Giant Klondike Medley. This medley includes some purple potatoes.
3. BJ Warehouse Club stores sell those same bags of Klondike Medley.
4. Plum Market (Ann Arbor, MI) has had purple potatoes in stock before.
5. Trader Joe’s sells bags of mixed potatoes that include purple.
6. Melissa’s Produce (http://www.melissas.com/) carries purple potatoes. Their produce can be found in stores all over the country. Check their website to see what stores carry their products. You can then contact those stores to see if they carry them.
7. Frieda’s (http://www.friedas.com/baby-purple-potato/) a specialty produce company carried baby purple potatoes. You can find these potatoes at select Kroger stores.
If you are having trouble finding some, again check the Farmer’s markets and also specialty grocery stores that specialize in organic produce. They often have purple potatoes. Or you could also grow them yourself! Check out my page on sources to buy seed potatoes. I grew Adirondack Blue last year.
How to Cook Purple Potatoes
There are many ways to cook purple potatoes. Check out my new post – What is the Best Way to Cook Purple Potatoes – where I examine the pros and cons of three different cooking methods.
If you are a fan of all purple roots, you should give Purple Sweet Potatoes a try too. They have started popping in stores from before Thanksgiving to around April. More are being grown each year.