The Rise of the Sweet Potato

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November 23, 2010. Chapel Hill, NC.. (left to right) Helen Barnes, Kay Futrell, Bernie Futrell and Gayle Ray, look on as Linda Leach, the wife of Stanley Hughes, an organic farmer whose family has been in the business for generations, explains the differences in the 3 types of sweet potatoes that she sells at the UNC Hospital Farmer's market..   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.