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.
Today we got Curtis settled in his new home for the next 8 months. Please join us in wishing our youngest son best wishes as he begins his studies of agriculture at Ridgetown College. He will be missed by all of us here at the farm, as well as our customers who he has been delivering product to for many years. We are thrilled that he has taken this step to learn more about agriculture and cannot wait to see what new information and knowledge he can bring back to us. Have fun Curtis…and don’t forget to study! You can visit “Our Story” to learn more about the people who work at our farm.
This video clip is of the tail end of our grading line. Today we are packing new white potatoes that have already been washed and graded. They are now sorted into two different packing lines. The line closest to the front holds our medium white potatoes that are mainly packed in 10lb bags for grocery stores and for sale at the farm door. The line at the far back shows our large white potatoes packed in 50lb bags for restaurant delivery and wholesale at the Ontario Food Terminal. To learn more about grading potatoes you can visit “What’s A #1 Potato Anyway?”
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Sweet corn anyone?! We are pleased to let your know that our first sweet corn is for sale at the farm door starting today. Come and enjoy the taste of summer with our sweet corn and potatoes. We also have our first flats of Ontario field tomatoes available. Hope to see you soon! For directions to our farm as well as our hours of operation you can visit “Contact Us.”
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!