Address: 35 Alwright Ct., Waterville, Carleton Co.,
New Brunswick E7P 0A5, Canada
Phone: 506 375 CHIP 2447
Albright Farms began in the 1920s, it is currently in its fourth generation of family ownership. Aubrey Albright was a shoe maker by trade but worked on a farm in Windsor, which he bought in 1929. Within just a few years he owned three farms. Although it wasn’t until the 1940s that the farms owned a tractor.Aubrey’s son Lorne continued farming with his father until 1954 when Lorne purchased the Jacksonville farm. Lorne had pigs, chickens, cattle, and 30 acres of potatoes. After storing potatoes for years in the basement of their house, he decided to build his first potato house which held 4,000 barrels of potatoes.
Another of Aubrey’s sons, Willis, worked with Aubrey on the Victoria Corner farm, and his third son Dalton, purchased a farm in Simonds.
Lorne bought their first potato harvester in 1971. Lorne had two sons, Robert and Wayne. They all farmed together in Jacksonville and expanded a little every year. They formed Albright Farms Ltd. in 1986. Wayne Albright’s two sons, Ryan and Matthew and Robert Albright’s son, Shaun formed Carleton Country Spud Distributors Ltd. in 2004. This enabled them to sell and distribute their own potatoes and other locally grown potatoes to customers throughout the United States and Canada. In 2006, the three partners formed Albright Farms Inc. and purchased the family farm from Lorne, Wayne, and Robert. The company now grows 500 acres of potatoes and 550 acres of grain and oil seeds.
It took two years to complete the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company project and the Albright family is excited to carry on old traditions with their potato chips. The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company is an old-fashioned Kettle Cooked Chip company. Each batch is cooked the traditional way, with care, one at a time, to ensure the best flavor and texture.
Located along the Saint John River Valley, Covered Bridge Potato Chips is in the heart of potato country-the perfect spot for making chips. The factory is in Hartland, New Brunswick, which is also the home of the world’s longest covered bridge, hence the name.
Covered Bridge Ketchup Potato Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a pleasant, sherry-like aroma, which although odd, kind of made sense. The taste was sweet and ketchup-based, but the balanced veered a little too near vinegar to be truly accurate. Having said that, ketchup goes on stuff, it isn't supposed to be ‘stuff’ on its own. I would go further and say that many people probably don't know what ketchup tastes like on its own.
Covered Bridge Creamy Dill Pickle Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a nose stinging dill pickle smell, but the flavour delivered a less strident taste. Dill pickle, or gherkin flavoured chips, can often leave a salty aftertaste, which is perhaps not surprising - It is a very strong seasoning option. However, these chips featured a slightly more balanced taste that hit the spot perfectly. They evened the potato well with dill and nothing was overwhelming or commanding. It was simply a perfectly balanced and pleasant, rather than overly strong, taste, and hit the puck into the back of the net brilliantly.
Covered Bridge Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
These really should be the easiest chips for any company to get right. There are effectively four ingredients: Oil, potatoes, salt, and pepper. The effort is in balancing the salt and pepper. While these were tasty and effective, there was a little more pepper than salt which meant the balance was slightly skewed.
Covered Bridge Smoking Sweet BBQ Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a pleasant and warming barbecue aroma. The flavour description said it was “Smokin,” which it was, if a little lightly. It also claimed it was “Sweet,” which again it was, but particularly subtly. These two factors combined well with what was a somewhat tame and rather muted, if still quite pleasant, barbecue flavouring.
Covered Bridge Lobster Potato Chips
Lobster has a rather inoffensive and light flavour, but I still yearned for a salty sea-like aroma when I opened the bag. As it was, there was very little. In the UK, Burts Chips have a variety called Lobster Firecracker, for the simple reason that they feel lobster has a muted flavouring that needs spicing up. To be fair, if a Canadian coastal company cannot get this flavour correct, no-one can. And this New Brunswick company got what could have been a rather nothingy flavour pretty much right. While lobster is not a seasoning necessarily worth mass production nationwide and certainly not worldwide, in this part of the country it would be very disappointing if it didn't exist at all.
Covered Bridge Sea Salt Potato Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a pleasant warm and welcoming, slightly salty aroma. Something evident in many varieties of this flavour is a heavy coating of grease. These were particularly oil-free in feel. The salt was a little muted, but that did not affect a well-balanced potato, oil and salt flavouring.
Covered Bridge Sour Cream & Onion Chips
I found these chips a little weird, and will keep this short. There was onion. There was sour cream, but the overriding aftertaste was plasticky. I don’t know how they managed this, but for me, it was just all a little bit odd.
Covered Bridge Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno
Oddly, there was no aroma when I burst the bag open for a Nose Plunge Test. Neither was there any real evidence of sweetness, spiciness, or jalapeno. Oh, hang on, what’s this? After munching and swallowing there was a clear sign of spiciness on both tongue and the roof of my mouth. It wasn't altogether welcome because I would have preferred to enjoy the eating experience rather than the afterburn, but at least it was evident.