It has been 6 years, but I thought that I would bring this back. It is interesting to me that some spuds are sooooo much better, but folks will not pay for them.
Six or so weeks ago a local store had really nice "Honey Crisp" apples at $3.99 a lb..........an awful price. I didn't pick up any at first as they were just getting put out. I went back perhaps 10 minutes later and they were gone. Really nice potatoes on the other hand just don't move. People will pay an extra buck (per 5 lb bag) for the red skinned ones or the yellow ones, but thats it.
I still run a small farm, and do ok with sweet corn, and tomatoes, but whenever I try some really nice spuds (Green Mountain, Bintje, Caribe, Mountain Blush, etc), I end up not selling them unless priced with the ordinary potatoes. My COST for growing them is over $2/lb, (due to the high cost of seed potatoes), so now I only grow the fancy ones for myself.
For those who want a real treat, and who are willing to pay, several farms in Maine now ship (and price) fancy spuds, the same way Florida growers ship and price fancy oranges. They could be an interesting Christmas gift for the gourmet cook who has everything.......