Of the 53 fruits and vegetables tested, the Environmental Working Group found potatoes to be the #9 most heavily sprayed vegetable. Because they are root vegetables they absorb about anything in the soil. They are treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the vines before harvesting and after they are dug they are sprayed again to prevent them from sprouting.
Four Friends Farms is transitioning to organic and we use organic standards in our growing practices. Purchasing potatoes grown this way will reduce your exposure to all synthetic chemicals. It also sends the message that you support environmentally friendly farming practices that not only protect us but protect our wildlife as well.
So if you find your potatoes sprouting, it’s not such a bad thing. If they are still firm break off the sprouts and go ahead and enjoy.