Potato Fact #209

Though often considered beneficial to farmers, daylight savings time was actually championed first by Wall St, then by retailers and convenience stores, which saw increased sales during DST. In 1987, Daylight Savings Time Coalition Executive Director James Benfield used this point to sway two Idaho senators to vote in favor of extending DST by one month, arguing that more french fry sales at Hardee’s and McDonald’s meant more demand for Idaho potatoes.