National Tater Day is an unofficial food holiday set aside to celebrate the potato. It has been celebrated annually on March 31. While it is a day set aside for potatoes, this day may have come about because of a different food celebration that occurs just days later. On the first Monday in April each year, there is a local observance for sweet potatoes in Marshall County, Kentucky. It has been an annual day for sweet potato celebration since the 1840s.
The potato is the leading vegetable crop in the US.
National Tater Day History
The exact reason that National Tater Day came about is unknown. It is also unknown who had the idea for National Potato Day. The history of the potato goes back over 2500 years. Potatoes sustained the economy in Ireland for centuries. Americans did not start to use potatoes as a food until the 1870s. Prior to that, potatoes were primarily considered livestock feed.