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(NPR)   Sure, you've heard of drug cartels, maybe even the diamond cartel, but did you know there's a potato cartel? Now you do   (npr.org) divider line 38
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2013-06-18 05:52:25 PM
You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.
 
2013-06-18 05:56:02 PM
Potatoes are idiots.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-06-18 05:59:25 PM

toraque: You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.


OK, that was funny ....

+1 to you
 
2013-06-18 06:08:20 PM
Did we not have this thread 2-3 weeks ago?
 
2013-06-18 06:25:33 PM
Gott in Himmel! Ein Kartoffel Kartel.
 
2013-06-18 06:39:40 PM
I just paid $1.28 for a 5 pound bag of Idaho russet spuds.
 
2013-06-18 07:03:40 PM

toraque: You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.


You sound baked.
 
2013-06-18 07:03:52 PM
Time to bring an end to big potato.
 
2013-06-18 07:28:40 PM
potatoes are one of the few foods that doesn't cost an arm and a leg
 
2013-06-18 07:34:17 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: potatoes are one of the few foods that doesn't cost an arm and a leg


Just a couple of eyes.
 
2013-06-18 07:36:03 PM
Sure, you've heard of drug cartels, maybe even the diamond cartel, but did you know there's a potatoe cartel? Now you do

FTFDQ
 
2013-06-18 07:40:59 PM
What's all the yammering about?
 
2013-06-18 07:58:42 PM
Hey did you know fresh potatoes harvested at the right time are actually sweet and full of sugars?
 
2013-06-18 09:03:56 PM

toraque: You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.


So close, but you should have gone with Idaho Falls, no Boise. +1
 
2013-06-18 09:26:06 PM
There's a potato cartel?

You can count on it.
 
2013-06-18 09:50:49 PM
My wife almost got a job with these guys. She said they were very nice people, but she didn't get to meet Dawn Wells...

"Potato Cartel"? I doubt it. These guys are trying to hard to stay legit that they are based in Utah rather than Idaho, even though the majority of their members are in Idaho. They're doing it so as not to get accused of playing favorites.

And those potato prices are total bullshiat, we've never paid that much. I'm thinking sparky is getting his prices form somewhere like Hawaii...
 
2013-06-18 09:59:18 PM
The ruthless leader of the potato cartel
lh3.ggpht.com
 
2013-06-18 10:02:04 PM

Mikey1969: My wife almost got a job with these guys. She said they were very nice people, but she didn't get to meet Dawn Wells...

"Potato Cartel"? I doubt it. These guys are trying to hard to stay legit that they are based in Utah rather than Idaho, even though the majority of their members are in Idaho. They're doing it so as not to get accused of playing favorites.

And those potato prices are total bullshiat, we've never paid that much. I'm thinking sparky is getting his prices form somewhere like Hawaii...


My dad was actually a made guy in the potato cartel, but he was always quick to point out that Washington grows way more potatoes than Idaho.
 
2013-06-18 10:08:57 PM

MFAWG: Mikey1969: My wife almost got a job with these guys. She said they were very nice people, but she didn't get to meet Dawn Wells...

"Potato Cartel"? I doubt it. These guys are trying to hard to stay legit that they are based in Utah rather than Idaho, even though the majority of their members are in Idaho. They're doing it so as not to get accused of playing favorites.

And those potato prices are total bullshiat, we've never paid that much. I'm thinking sparky is getting his prices form somewhere like Hawaii...

My dad was actually a made guy in the potato cartel, but he was always quick to point out that Washington grows way more potatoes than Idaho.


I saw more sugar beet and wheat fields when I lived there, that's for sure. Best part about living there was that you could go to one of the farms, pay the guy like 5 bucks, and fill a paper grocery bag with all the potatoes in could hold. BIG farking things, too. Big enough to make a full meal for my adoptive dad, who was a big guy with a big appetite. I wonder if you can still glean the fields?
 
2013-06-18 10:48:46 PM
 
2013-06-18 11:13:44 PM

Mikey1969: My wife almost got a job with these guys. She said they were very nice people, but she didn't get to meet Dawn Wells...

"Potato Cartel"? I doubt it. These guys are trying to hard to stay legit that they are based in Utah rather than Idaho, even though the majority of their members are in Idaho. They're doing it so as not to get accused of playing favorites.

And those potato prices are total bullshiat, we've never paid that much. I'm thinking sparky is getting his prices form somewhere like Hawaii...


They issued a correction on the prices on NPR today I think if its that 13$ per bag or W/E
 
2013-06-18 11:24:09 PM

Podna: Mikey1969: My wife almost got a job with these guys. She said they were very nice people, but she didn't get to meet Dawn Wells...

"Potato Cartel"? I doubt it. These guys are trying to hard to stay legit that they are based in Utah rather than Idaho, even though the majority of their members are in Idaho. They're doing it so as not to get accused of playing favorites.

And those potato prices are total bullshiat, we've never paid that much. I'm thinking sparky is getting his prices form somewhere like Hawaii...

They issued a correction on the prices on NPR today I think if its that 13$ per bag or W/E


We might have paid $7 for 10 lbs one time.
 
2013-06-18 11:37:02 PM
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2013-06-18 11:45:27 PM
I knew there was a tater cartel a long time ago. Anyone from the greater Omaha/Lincoln area recall Weaver's potato chips?

img.fark.net

Their potato supplier pulled a dick move and went exclusive with Lay's. The chip maker tried to find an alternate source, but the only place not Lay's b*tch was a source in Texas, where the spuds had so much starch content that they turned black when fried, thus making them unsuitable.

With no choice, the woner had to shut.down.everything and close down the whole company, laying off the entire staff. One less local competitor for Lay's. HEIL LAY'S!

So, to that spud farmer out there who pulled this dick move and ensured that I would never eat a Weaver's chip again for the rest of my life, Fark You. Fark you so very much. May your crops be infested with grubs, and your children be born retarded.
 
2013-06-18 11:48:55 PM
I did some work for them back in the day. They called me 'tater salad.
 
2013-06-18 11:57:55 PM
Ya know, this doesn't affect me much. I don't eat them.

How much potato goes into beef?
 
2013-06-19 12:02:55 AM
I have never paid any more than 7 bucks for a 10 pound bag of spuds. Not sure about the east coast, but this story seems to be based on BS.

Red potatoes at Costco are now $5.88 for 10 lbs
 
2013-06-19 12:36:37 AM
They are greatly feared in Germany, where they are known as Die kartoffel Kartel.
 
2013-06-19 01:38:19 AM

HeadLever: I have never paid any more than 7 bucks for a 10 pound bag of spuds. Not sure about the east coast, but this story seems to be based on BS.

Red potatoes at Costco are now $5.88 for 10 lbs


Heathen!  Buying taters at Costco instead of at WinCo.  Support your local grocery store chain next time or I'll have my cartel henchmen peel your eyes out
 
2013-06-19 02:18:17 AM
This sounds like a grocer association that is pissed they couldn't get a deal on buying their tiny potatoes and making more profit. Most of the potatoes grown are for processing and because of modern fertilizer, irrigation and horticulture are way too big to be sold in grocery store (about twice the size of your average baked potato to rugby ball sized). They are going to loose this and thought that the threat of legal action would hurt farmers directly.

\NPR used to be a little less sensational in their articles
\\said rugby ball since most potatoes don't have pointy ends like a football
 
2013-06-19 02:44:44 AM
10 pound bag, $3.49 - Meh. A large fries at McDonalds, now...
 
2013-06-19 02:51:30 AM
Oh, hey Monsanto! Didn't recognize you sans husk - what's up?
 
2013-06-19 03:17:24 AM
I really hated big potato when i lived in Boise. The Ore-Ida team always had new jerseys, the Simplot ones also. My first year of youth hockey, my team got sponsored by a junk yard, Henry Rust or something like it. We had 3 year old jerseys that were rust coloured. We sucked by the way- went 1-10 if memory serves.That was not a fun pizza party. No offense to Henry Rust- they or he couldnt compete against big agribusiness or the gas company ( whose team i played on the next season after learning to skate a lot better ) ( intermountain gas, bright light blue jersies like a gas flame ) .
 
2013-06-19 03:40:11 AM

Pud: OK, that was funny ....


Yeah - almost as funny as TV!
 
2013-06-19 07:07:25 AM
I paid $40 for a 10# bag of potato chips. Many they are expensive. I grow my own red skinned 'taters here in Florida. Hastings area is known for having the first fresh red skins of the year.
 
2013-06-19 08:37:20 AM

toraque: You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.


Impressive.  I even found a picture of you & your partner from those days:

barfblog.com
 
2013-06-19 08:59:20 AM
First, you call Syracuse, NY and ask them what a 50# bag is going for.
It's a railway hub, and has the lowest prices on potatoes in the nation at any given time.

Second, That's it.
 
2013-06-19 01:36:51 PM

Pud: toraque: You all can laugh and make jokes about this if you want, but the truth of the matter is that not only is the potato cartel real, they're some scary, badass motherfarkers.  If you cross them, they'll come for you.  The count each and every time they get crossed.  Boy, can they count.

I was working vice squad in Boise one freezing Thursday night a couple years ago when the call came in: big time hit up in tater town, bodies everywhere.  We peeled out of the station in a hurry, but when we got there it was all over; god-awful mess, skins everywhere.  Walls of the place looked like hash browns from so many tater tots being thrown around.  The perps-whoever they were-knew how to work sour cream and chives all too well.  They left their calling card, the way they always do: one big plastic Mister Potato Head hand, all scrunched up like it's giving the world the finger.  Now, I was all boiled up and ready to go, but my partner just looked at me and said, "Forget it, Jake . . . it's Tater Town."

We never did  close that case.

OK, that was funny ....

+1 to you


That was funny,  but....   Western Idaho, where Boise is, raises relatively few potatoes.   Eastern Idaho, Pocatell, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, those are potato growing areas.

/ My Grandpa raised blue-ribbon seed potatoes.  Much of my young memories are from visiting his potato farm, in Eastern Idaho
 
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