The 'Caribou' russet potato, Maine’s newest spud is now available in grocery stores across New England, including Hannaford Supermarkets.

The new potato, which the University of Maine developed for cooler climates, first went to stores back in the fall of 2016 in limited supply. However, it is now widely available across the New England states.

As you can see from the social media post below, the Maine Potato Board says the state’s russet acreage has increased by more than 30 percent since the release of the new potato in part because of growing demand. According to their website, the Maine Potato industry prides itself on producing a high-quality product, whether that product is potatoes destined for your table, french fries, potato chips, or other processed potatoes. The Maine Quality Trademark is your guarantee that the contents are only the highest quality. In fact, before those potatoes can bear that trademark, they are inspected and pass requirements stricter than the United States Department of Agriculture’s U.S. No. 1 grade. Just look for the red, white and blue State of Maine trademark the next time you’re shopping for potatoes.