We are pleased to announce our Russet potatoes are now for sale at the farm door and on our delivery routes. What better way to celebrate the arrival of the Russets than with this Nacho Delight Potato Skins Recipe created in my kitchen with Chef Derek Roberts. This is the perfect snack to serve while you’re watching the big game whether your sport of pleasure is football, baseball, or hockey. Baked Russet potatoes are hollowed out and filled with peppers, onions, salsa and cheese. The potato skins are garnished with jalapeno peppers and served with sour cream and Chef Derek’s homemade guacamole sauce. Click on the PDF file above to download or print the recipe. Tips for cooking perfect baked potatoes can be found at “Cooking Potatoes 101.” Bon Appétit!
If our tractors could talk…what a tale their thoughts could tell (to borrow a line from a famous Canadian songwriter.) Fortunately there’s someone driving the tractor that has eyes and opposable thumbs to take pictures to show us what sights are out there! It’s not easy to grab a phone to snap a quick picture while towing an implement down a bumpy farm lane while you’re in a hurry to get to the fields. This slideshow is a compilation of snapshots RJ took while he was out and about over the last few months. From unexpected encounters with wildlife to beautiful pictures of the potato fields, it’s easy to see how much he appreciates the scenery around him. And I think you will agree that the artistic side of the farmer shines through with his stunning sunset and trillium photos. If you would like to see more pictures of some of the animals that live here at the farm with us you can visit “Pond Life Part II.”
So what’s REALLY like to work on a farm during the harvest? Here’s a 10 second video of our crew unloading a bulk truck full of potatoes. They are hard at working making sure that any rocks and weeds picked up by the harvester are not put into our storage. If you watch this video 100 times you will see how long it takes to unload one truck. Multiply that by 10 trucks per day and then multiply that by 7 days a week for 6 weeks and you will have a good idea of what we have been up to! (Give or take a few rain days and this year even extreme heat days.) To learn more about the function of the bin filler is you can visit “Journey From The Underground Part III” or watch a video at “The Potato Bin Filler.”
Happy Thanksgiving Canada! We hope you have a special day as you celebrate the bounty of the harvest this Thanksgiving weekend. While we are not quite finished the harvest this year, we took a well-deserved afternoon off to host our annual family Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. The weather was spectacular, the food was delicious and the company was outstanding. As for the wild turkey that was wandering up our driveway, he certainly seems confident that pork will be on most menus this year! You can visit our “Gallery” for more photos of the wildlife that lives here on the farm with us.
They say it takes an entire village to raise a child. In our case, it takes an entire dedicated team to raise potatoes. Here is a closer look at some of the people who have been working hard at #harvest17 (although we are missing a few key players who were busy at other jobs off the farm when I took the pictures yesterday.) After his morning job of delivering potatoes to our customers, Curtis keeps the bulk trucks rotating so there is always one truck getting unloaded and one truck getting loaded in the field. John and RJ have logged hundreds of hours operating the windrower and the harvester (with a little help yesterday from our office assistant Shelby!) Alfonso works beside the harvester all fall driving the bulk truck. The crew back at the storage run the bin filler which keeps the potatoes moving out of the trucks into the storage. Every once in a while I escape the office and the accounting to travel around on a photo shoot. And as for Murray, he keeps a watchful eye over the whole process! With a little luck and some decent weather we hope to finish the harvest by the end of next week. If you would like to learn more about the potato harvest process you can visit “Journey From The Underground Part I” “Journey From The Underground Part II” and “Journey From The Underground Part III.”
Last weekend’s Farm To Fork Tour was quite a success here at our farm. Many people came out to enjoy the beautiful fall day and collect food for their upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. The mini potato dig and nature Q&A board were big hits with the kids. My education board about potato farming sparked many intelligent questions from interested people. If you missed the tour feel free to drop into the farm anytime to view the education board, pick up your free recipes and your fall décor. We are still offering fresh produce from local farms such as squash, turnips, carrots, onions, cabbages and of course potatoes. You can visit “What We Offer – At The Door” for more information and directions to the farm.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!