PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins presented the first potatoes harvested from The Aroostook Medical Center’s Centennial Potato Plot in Presque Isle to the White House on Tuesday.

Collins, a native of Caribou, presented the potatoes to Ed Pagano, deputy assistant to the president, outside the East Wing at the White House on Tuesday morning.

Officials from TAMC and project partners Cavendish Produce and Northeast Packing Company originally presented the 5-pound bag of potatoes to Sen. Collins when she visited TAMC last week.

The TAMC Centennial Plot is a two-acre section of potato field on Route 1 that is owned by Cavendish Produce. The project was launched in June as part of TAMC’s 100th anniversary celebration to serve as a tribute to Aroostook’s agricultural heritage and its ties to the efforts to open Presque Isle’s first public hospital.