Route 11 Potato Chip Factory

31 Mar

Route 11 Potato ChipsWho doesn’t love potato chips?  Route 11 has been creating their special contribution to the potato chip world since 1998 when they first opened in Middleburg, VA.

Route 11 is famous for its delicious, old style, kettle-cooked potato chips with all natural seasonings.  Seasonal specialties include:  organically-grown Yukon Golds as well as Sweet Potato Chips.

In September 2008, the factory operation was moved to a new building just off I-81 in Mount Jackson.  Through the public viewing areas, you can see the entire production of these hand-created yummy treats.  And, just in case you were wondering, yes, they do have plenty of chips to sample!

When we visited, they were cooking the sweet potato chips and we could view the entire production process from the potatoes entering the cooker through the sealed bags being boxed up for delivery.

The factory is open 8am-5pm Monday through Saturday.  Call ahead at 1-800-294-SPUD to find out if they will be in production when you arrive.  There is no charge for entry.

Tina’s tips:  the public area is spacious and stroller-friendly, with the exception of the upstairs viewing area.  Set the ground rules with the kids before you go in about tasting the potato chips and making purchases.  Bring the digital camera for pictures with “Potato man”.  No pictures are allowed of the production area.  Plan to spend about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes at the factory.

Located right off I-81 exit 269

Located right off I-81 exit 269

Counter service for tasting and purchasing chips

Counter service for tasting and purchasing chips

Kids can get their picture taken with the "Potato Guy"

Kids can get their picture taken with the "Potato Guy"


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