NEW YORK — The price of a grow bag of mulched potatoes could top $50,000 in the coming weeks, according to a new marketing strategy that calls for the use of vacuum cleaners and plastic bags.
The new marketing campaign from Garden Fresh and Gourmet has been launched in the wake of the massive potato shortage that is plaguing many parts of the country, including New York City and Philadelphia.
Garden Fresh says the bag is meant to save consumers time and energy and to help with pest control and waste reduction.
“We believe that the quality of our products will go up, our customers will save money and they will have a more enjoyable shopping experience,” Garden Fresh marketing manager Eric Gaudreau said.
It’s the latest marketing campaign aimed at boosting the popularity of the potato crop, which is struggling to gain traction as farmers struggle to get more yield out of their land.
While the shortage of potatoes is expected to last for weeks or months, some farmers are beginning to sell off their plots, with the majority of farmers now planting less than 10,000 potatoes a season, according the National Potato Board.
Despite the shortage, Gaudette said Garden Fresh has been able to get growers to re-stock their land, including by bringing in more supplies of fertilizers and pesticides.
In addition, Garden Fresh is offering farmers a variety of products, including its Gourmet Grow Bag, a disposable grocery bag, and a portable composting toilet.
Garden, which has a warehouse in the U.S. state of New Jersey, said its potato grow program is aimed at increasing the popularity and quality of the potatoes being harvested by reducing waste.
Some of the products Garden Fresh offers are available in supermarkets, and the company said some of the best-sellers are the Gourmet Bag of Mulched Mulch and Garden Grow Grow Bag of Garden Mulched Green Mulch.
There are about 2.5 million acres of potatoes in the United States, according a report by the USDA.
This year, the U,S.
Department of Agriculture forecasted a shortage of up to 4 million tons of potatoes, which would require more than 100 million tons in the ground.
The USDA reported that in the first quarter of this year, there were nearly 1.5 billion pounds of potatoes harvested in the potato harvest season, a decline from 2.3 billion pounds in the same period last year.
New York City is among the cities that are experiencing severe shortages.
About 3.3 million pounds of potato were harvested in New York, up from 3.1 million pounds in February.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U-S-A’s potato shortage is a global issue.
Vilsack recently told lawmakers in Washington, D.C., that it’s clear we have an abundance of food and that we need to continue to increase the availability of it, but there’s an abundance and we need the government to be able to provide it, he said.
“There are other countries that are much better prepared for this than we are, but we have a lot to work on.
We have a long way to go, but it’s not a crisis.”
The USDA estimated last year that more than 50 percent of the world’s crop land is under stress.