Sno Pac makes comfort food easy, healthy and local!

by Kelli Wickard

Pete Gengler
 Pete Gengler — "out standing" in his field.


Who doesn’t like to treat themselves to some fries every once in a while? Sno Pac’s crinkle cut fries offer a healthier option that can be purchased in the freezer section of your local grocery store and made at home in minutes.

Sno Pac Foods was established in 1943 by J.P. Gengler, and for the past 70 years, they have been a family owned and operated business. Now on the fourth generation of Genglers, Pete Gengler has stuck with the family tradition and has continued to keep the farm completely organic. Throughout the decades they have strived to be the best in frozen fruits and vegetables that are organically grown and processed. The quality of their products is what has kept their customers coming back for so long.

So what’s the secret? How does Sno Pac provide such a quality product while staying a healthier alternative? As most other crinkle cut fries are pre-soaked in oil before being bagged and sold out to customers, Sno Pac’s Organic Cottage Fries are not. The frozen potatoes of other brands have typically already been blanched in hot water and, following that, fried in vegetable oil. You won’t find that with Sno Pac’s fries. Rather than having the fries get soaked in oils twice, Sno Pac leaves that to the customers.

Sno Pac Cottage Fries
 Sneak peek at Sno Pac's Cottage Fries in production.

In addition to their frozen potato products, Sno Pac also offers a wide range of frozen fruits, vegetables and orange juice.

Interested in trying out some of Sno Pac’s organic frozen foods? You’re in luck! They will be attending the 2017 Feast! Local Foods Marketplace festival for their fourth consecutive year. They return each year for various reasons, such as the enjoyment of making the customers aware that they’re local, as well as having the opportunity to meet customers in a face-to-face setting.

Come join us on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sample products from over 100 exhibit booths and enjoy cooking demos featuring locally sourced recipes. The Feast! Local Foods Marketplace festival even provides a fun activity area for children!



Inspired Driftless Magazine: Sum of Your Business/Sno Pac Foods, August 2016

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