This recipe was inspired by my desire to try something a little bit different with our sweet corn. The crunchy vegetables mixed with avocado and feta cheese are an excellent combination. The subtle lime salad dressing contains hints of jalapeno, garlic and cumin. Although the recipe is a bit time consuming, I think you will find it is well worth the work. I found the salad did not lose any crispiness when it was kept in the fridge for the next day. Click on the link above to print or download the recipe. Other featured recipes can be found at “Spud Smarts – About Cooking Potatoes” and in previous installments of “The Common-Tater.” Enjoy!
Outdoor cooking is one of my greatest pleasures, although I must admit I am a fair weather kind of gal. Once it gets cold and snowy I cover up the BBQ until next spring. During the summer I try all kinds of different recipes on the grill. This quick and easy recipe for BBQ baked potatoes is one of my “go-to” recipes when I am in a hurry. It is simple to prepare, easy to clean up and is delicious. The flavour and texture of the potatoes shine through the subtle spicing. Click on the link above to print or download the recipe. The rest of our recipes can be found at “Spud Smarts – About Cooking Potatoes.” Happy cooking!
If your kids are getting bored this summer, drop by the farm to pick up a complimentary colouring poster. Courtesy of Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA), these posters are six feet by three feet and guaranteed to provide hours of colouring excitement. You could save them for a rainy day, but I doubt we will see one of those this summer.
Our nieces Kenzie and Brookie did a fantastic job with banner poster we have mounted at the farm. They even named every person in the poster! We would love to see pictures of your finished product. You can post them at our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy colouring!
You can visit “What We Offer – At The Door” for our location and directions to the farm.
After months of tending the crop, we have finally reached the ultimate reward – new potatoes.
Flowers begin to form once the potato plant is fully grown. Tuber initiation occurs around the same time the potato plant starts to flower. It takes several weeks after flowering for the tubers to grow big enough to eat. As with most living entities, the plants get ready for reproduction as their life cycle comes to completion. Potato reproduction is a very interesting topic as the plants reproduce two ways – but that’s another story for a different day.
This is the only time of year we can harvest potatoes and sell potatoes without a set skin. The lack of set skin makes a big difference in how the potatoes can be stored. During this growing stage they are tender. We only harvest the amount we are planning on packing and selling the next day.
Our early variety of potatoes is called AC Chaleur. It is a popular choice for our restaurants and chip trucks since the potatoes do not have to be peeled. They just need to be lightly washed and cooked. They are a treat to eat whether they are boiled, baked or turned into French fries or home fries. My favourite way to cook them is to simply boil them so the full flavour of the potato can be enjoyed.
To get more information about our potatoes and how we package and sell them, visit “What We Offer – Potatoes.”
Summer is short in Canada so we have learned to savour every moment. And nothing says summer more than fresh sweet corn. It’s a very busy job keeping the corn stand and the corn orders filled. There is no machine harvesting of sweet corn. Every single cob is picked by hand. By the time the season is over, we will have picked over 150,000 cobs of corn! Here are some pictures of Roberto, Cornelio, Alfonso and Eduardo in the field picking the sweet corn.
Our corn stand will be open at the farm seven days a week over the next five to six weeks. We also deliver to local grocery stores if you cannot get out to the farm. For our location and more information about our farm fresh produce for sale at the door please visit “What We Offer – At The Door.”
Our winter wheat was planted late last summer. The crop remained dormant in the field during the winter and reached maturity last week. Harvesting wheat and grain crops is generally referred to as “combining” instead of “harvesting” since the machine used is a combination of a swather and a thresher. The combine takes only the heads of the wheat. Those are shipped to a grain elevator and turned into food products. We never know where our wheat may end up. Perhaps even on your table!
Wheat is an essential element of our sustainable farming practices for many reasons. Crop rotation means we plant different crops on our fields in successive years. This practice ensures that nutrients are not depleted in the soil. It also increases crop yield and prevents soil erosion. Through crop rotation we can decrease our reliance on pesticides since insects and disease attack crops differently.
Once the grain is combined, we work the stalks into the land. While the stalks can be baled into straw and sold for animal bedding, we prefer to take advantage of the organic matter left by working it into the land and bumping up the nutrients in our soil.
You can visit “Spud Smarts – About Growing Potatoes” to find out more about how we grow our crops.
We had two combines here last weekend harvesting our winter wheat. They are impressive machines to watch. A combine is a time-saving and efficient piece of farming equipment since it performs several functions at once. And trust me when I say they are also somewhat noisy! To learn more about combines and why we grow winter wheat be sure to read the portion of The Common-Tater entitled “Farewell Winter Wheat.”
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!