number 1 cash crop here in n. maine. me and my brothers picked them by hand w/ baskets from age 10-15 then on potato harvesters from 16-18. i also drove a potato truck and worked in the potato house during that time. the money made helped us buy clothes for school and extras we wanted. if you went to potato houses you could literally get barrels of huge spuds for free. my uncle grew seed grade so the big potatoes were too big to go thru the slicers and would rot easily , so they threw them out. the years we worked for him, we had free potatoes for the year. we stored them in a corner in the cellar. those big potatoes were great for making homemade fries. potatoes grow well in our rocky , clay soil. many varieties are named for regions in Maine, like the Kennebec and Katahdins. i can buy a 50lb. bag from local farmers for $10 for #1’s or $6 for 2nds, come late septemer till spring. “new” potatoes, 1st dug in mid july command premium prices of up to $10 per 10# bag. they are so cheap here, its better to buy them than waste garden space growing them.