#AgProud #CndAgDay Today is Canada’s Agriculture Day. A day to share with you what we do all year here at the farm. A day to celebrate the business of Canadian agriculture. A day to post a pic of our favourite Canadian food. Simple right? That’s what I thought… until I started sorting through the thousands of photos I have taken and shared with you over the past few years. It turned into a rather daunting task! So instead of just one photo, I have generated a slideshow that highlights a few special moments at our farm. From a surprise helper in the office to maintaining the potato crop to creating new recipes, I can safely say that celebrating the business of Canadian agriculture is something we do every single day. Not only does this post highlight our love for agriculture, it shares a little bit of who we are. Have a wonderful day! If you are looking for inspiring potato dishes, I recommend you visit “Spud Smarts – About Cooking Potatoes” to get started cooking our favourite Canadian food.
This enormous flock of tiny birds has been hanging around our house for about three weeks. The flock is comprised of goldfinch, purple finch, house finch, and a variety of sparrows. My best guess is there are about four or five hundred birds in the flock. They are difficult to identify as they are seldom still for more than a few seconds at a time. I assume their constant movement is a defense mechanism against the bitter cold and biting wind. We are happy to provide them with the opportunity to forage for sweet corn leftovers! To see another interesting video of birds that hang around the farm you can visit “Geese en Masse.”
Winter has suddenly arrived here in Southern Ontario. I have the perfect thing to help all of us as we face the next few months of bitter cold, biting winds and snow storms. This is a collection of my top 8 winter comfort food recipes that you most definitely will want to try out! Each potato recipe was created in my kitchen here at the farm (and some with a little help from my good friend Chef Derek Roberts.) Steamy soups, amazing appetizers, scrumptious sides and marvelous mains will help keep you warm you through this winter. All you have to do to get started is follow this link to “Spud Smarts – About Cooking Potatoes.”
I can think of no better way to welcome the last day of 2018 than with this glorious sunrise. We wish all our loyal customers and social media followers a fantastic evening tonight and a safe ride home. May 2019 bring you love, peace, health and prosperity in all your endeavours. See you next year! To view more photos of the sky around the farm you can visit “The Sky.”
The weather this fall has been less than cooperative for the potato harvest. Every day has had its challenges and last week was no exception. A gorgeous fall day turned winter-like overnight, leaving us to wonder if we will ever finish this harvest. But we keep moving forward and get a little more accomplished every day. The end is in sight and then we will all be able to relax and decompress a tiny bit. There are many videos of our harvest equipment on this website that you can view in the “Video” Category of The Common-Tater. To get you started, here is a link to “The Potato Harvester.”
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So today I present my 24,000 word recap of last weekend’s Farm To Fork Tour. We have you covered if you missed the tour and are looking for farm fresh food and fun décor for your Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. Drop in to pick up your potatoes, squash, turnips, onions, carrots, pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds, cornstalks and much more! My free roasted root vegetable recipe is guaranteed to impress your dinner guests and is still available at the farm door. For our location, hours of operation and directions to the farm you can visit Contact Us.
With the East Gwillimbury Farm To Fork Tour just two days away I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight why this tour is different from just popping into our farm to purchase produce. First and foremost it’s your opportunity to meet me and put a face to a name! We have worked hard to create an event that everyone of all ages can walk away from feeling they had a great visit, learned something new and had a fun time at our farm.
When you purchase a wristband and join the tour we are offering you one 10lb bag of potatoes for just $2.00! You can visit our one day special “Select Your Own Vegetables” section to pick our vegetables that complement my brand new recipe “Roasted Root Vegetables.” We have created a new trivia game based on photos of animals taken around the farm called “Are You Smarter Than A Potato Farmer” that is guaranteed to delight you. New for children under 12 is a free craft where they can create their own Thanksgiving table centerpiece using a pumpkin. Back by popular demand we also have for the kids: a potato dig, free giant colouring posters and nature trivia boards.
And of course our farm fresh produce will be available for purchase for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner including our new line of pumpkins and squash. From local farmers we also have onions, turnips, field tomatoes, cabbages and much more. There are many other activities going on at our farm on Saturday beyond the items I have outlined above, but if I told you everything that would ruin the surprise! Hope to meet you this weekend! To learn more about the tour and to buy tickets you can visit http://experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/ For our location, hours of operation and directions to the farm you can visit "Contact Us."
The weather is turning and fall is in the air. The sweet corn is gone until next year but we have filled the space with our new line of fall produce grown by John and Curtis. Their new crops have turned out some really beautiful produce. Stop in to have a look at their orange and white pumpkins, their butternut and pepper squash as well as their decorative corn. We still have local field tomatoes, carrots, onions and of course potatoes for sale as well. I invite you to visit our farm on September 29th with the Farm To Fork Tour. We will have educational information about our farm and growing potatoes, free recipes, activities for the kids, and of course our farm fresh produce for sale. To learn more about the tour and to buy tickets you can visit http://experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/ For our location, hours of operation and directions to the farm you can visit http://www.thompsonpotatofarm.com/at-the-door.html
This video depicts a very rare occurrence at our farm – an empty potato storage! In order to give you a sense of how big our storages are I have parked the Kubota at the very back of the building. By the end of the harvest this bin will be completely filled with potatoes. This is one of three bins…and we fill two buildings with our crop. I invite you to learn more about our farm by participating in the Farm To Fork Tour on September 29th. We will have educational information about our farm and growing potatoes, free recipes, activities for the kids, and of course our farm fresh produce for sale. To learn more about the tour and to buy tickets you can visit http://experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/ To see many pictures of our potato equipment you can visit our Photo Gallery.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!