Our favorite potatoes – in the world – can be found in Buxton, North Dakota.
Four years ago, my family stumbled upon a food secret so good it would be a pity not to share it. It’s the kind of secret that is well-known to locals and only becomes available to outsiders by word of mouth. In this case, that word came from a farming friend in Mayville, North Dakota, who was delighted to introduce us to the magic of Buxton potatoes, showcased here in this week’s recipe for Rosemary Smashed Buxton Potatoes.
Upon our first visit to Buxton, Tony, Gio and I had the opportunity to visit and tour the NoKota Packers facility, which stores, washes and processes about six million pounds of table-stock, Red Norland potatoes each year. These potatoes come from seven privately-owned North Dakota farms, all located within 100 miles of Buxton.
Buxton red potatoes are wonderfully creamy with a smooth and delicious, thin red skin. The rich soil of the Red River Valley, and the fact that the potatoes are never irrigated, contribute to their terrific flavor and texture.
The potatoes are available for walk-in sales at NoKota Packers from September through May (or while supplies last), with operating hours from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. You can stop in anytime during business hours to pick up your potatoes, which are generally sold in 20-pound ($8) and 50-pound ($18) bags, and you can even call ahead to request a smaller amount or place a large order.
Located just an hour’s drive north of Fargo, we have made the trek to Buxton and NoKota Packers each fall since discovering these spectacular spuds. We’ve used our Buxton’s Best potatoes in a variety of ways – whipped, roasted, grilled, fried – and they are the only ones we’ll use to make Rosemary Smashed Buxton Potatoes.
Creamy, smooth and oh, so delicious…Buxton potatoes are worth the drive and sure to be a hit on your holiday table.
Get the recipe: Rosemary Smashed Buxton Potatoes
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