What’s growing at the farm today? This photo was taken from our back deck and it shows four of our crops in various stages of growth. There are two fields of Russet potatoes, one section of sweet corn, two hay fields that have just been cut and baled as well as the soft red winter wheat in the back of the farm. This panoramic photo also offers an excellent overview of crop rotation. Every year we change the crops that we grow in specific fields. This allows us to work different nutrients into the soil. Crop rotation encourages healthy plants and discourages pest populations. To learn more about how we grow our potatoes you can visit “Spud Smarts – About Growing Potatoes.”
This year John & Curtis are expanding the crops we grow here at the farm with a side venture growing some festive fall vegetables. The boys have planted a plot with white and orange pumpkins, butternut squash, pepper squash as well as decorative corn. Their first challenge was figuring out how to plant the seeds using equipment we already owned. So they modified the corn planter by cutting some of the fingers out of the finger assembly. (The finger assemblies are the silver circles John is holding in the slideshow above.) This enabled the new vegetables to be spaced out properly in the field rows. We are all eager to see how the new vegetables fare over the summer. You can look forward to seeing all their items for sale at the farm door in the fall. For a sneak peek of the bounty you can expect to see at the farm later this season you can visit “Tater Tales Aug 25th: #eatlocal”
The potatoes have all been planted and we continue to work away at planting sweet corn. Who better to keep a watchful eye on the planting process than man’s best friend? You may think RJ is the one planting the sweet corn but Murray knows better! Without him in the cab helping who knows what would happen? You can learn more about how we grow our sweet corn crop and when you can expect to be eating the bounty by visiting “Sweet Corn – Coming Soon!”
One of the best things about cooking with friends is sharing recipes with each other. This potato salad recipe uses one of Chef Derek’s previously top secret sauces as a dressing that creates a truly unique and delicious dish. His versatile sauce can also be used in green salads or as a marinade for meats and vegetables. Click on the PDF file above to download or print the recipe. Additional potato salad recipes are available at “Tater Tales July 14th: Potato Salads.” Bon Appétit!
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!