Canada Is Facing A Potato Shortage Right Now & Your French Fries Are In Danger

It hasn't been the best year for potato growth.
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French Fry Shortage In Canada Is Possible And The Weather Is Partly To Blame

Buckle up potato lovers, you may soon be seeing less of the versatile vegetable. A french fry shortage in Canada could happen and the weather is partly to blame. This might be a good time to get your french fry fix just in case the shortage happens.

Potatoes really do the most and when we're talking about just french fries, there are so many ways you can have them. There's steak fries, shoestring, curly, waffle, crinkle cut, wedges, and more. If this shortage actually comes to pass, it will be a terrible day for many.

Potato producers in North America are putting the blame on cold and wet fall weather and increased demand for and the tight supply of the root vegetable

"Processors are desperately trying to find products in order to offer us the chips and french fries we all love, but apparently harvest has been tough, snow came in early and potatoes are a vulnerable crop," said Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Foods Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, to CTV News.

While all potatoes are at risk of being in short supply, fries have a particularly higher risk because this year's crop yield has brought in the vegetable's smaller varieties but companies like to use bigger ones, according to Bloomberg News.

Some potato growers in Canada aren't facing their worst year on record but it's still not a great situation across the country.

In Manitoba, it's estimated that more than 12,000 acres of the stem tubers weren't harvested this fall. This was due to heavy rain and early snowfall in October that was topped off with frost, ending this year's season. 

That's actually more than double the amount left in the ground at the end of the 2018 season. 

According to Bloomberg News, an estimated 6.5% of Alberta's potatoes are frost damaged.

On the east coast, more than 1,000 acres weren't harvested this year mainly in western P.E.I. after a delay in starting the growing season, a dry summer, and lots of precipitation from Hurricane Dorian. 

At this same time in 2018, Canada was facing a similar situation. In what farmers called unprecedented, bad weather led to one of the worst harvests in Canadian history. 

Last year, P.E.I. was hardest hit with 6,800 acres abandoned but this year it looks like Manitoba is facing the worst of it.

Prince Edward Island is Canada's largest potato grower followed by Manitoba and Alberta.

Tighter french fry supplies could mean that you'd have to pay a little bit more for those spuds or you could be served a smaller portion for the same price as a regular one.

If you love fries, you might want to enjoy them while they last.

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