The Rise of the Sweet Potato

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November 23, 2010. Durham, NC.. Sam Hummel, of Ever Laughter Farm, sells sweet potatoes, sausage and other produce at the Durham Farmer's Market holiday sale. Ever Laughter is a small operation but sets aside land for the ever popular sweet potato..   The sweet potato seems to be having a comeback, with many farmers increasing their planting of the potato's numerous varieties, as well as many restaurants including it on their menu in various forms such as the ever popular sweet potato fry.