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Local Farmers Send Potatoes to Sandy VictimsSubmitted: 11/26/2012

ANTIGO - Many of us have sent money to help Hurricane Sandy victims on the East Coast. But some Northwoods potato farmers have a slightly different way of pitching in.

80,000 pounds of potatoes are on their way to New York as we speak. Three area farms and one trucking company teamed up to send the load to Sandy victims on Long Island.

"As farmers, it makes you kind of proud that you can, even though it might be something kind of small right now, it makes you kind of proud that you can help out in this kind of way," said Brad Igl of Igl Farms.

The potatoes are headed for City Harvest in New York, a warehouse that's donated more than 3 million pounds of food since Sandy hit nearly a month ago.

"The potatoes that we're sending are yellow potatoes. We have a lot of people that really like yellow potatoes. We thought we'd send some of those out, and give them something different than what the other places are sending."

After loading in Antigo, trucks also stopped at farms in Plover, Coloma, and Bancroft.

"I think everybody really tries to help when they can. Wisconsin growers seem to work pretty well together anyway. It usually works out pretty well," said Igl.




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