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
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.”
Russet potatoes anyone? We’ve got you covered whether you’re a consumer looking for a fresh product for your home, a chip truck looking for a potato supplier for the upcoming summer season or a restaurant looking for a year round quality potato. John and Shelby are standing in front of one pile of our popular Russet potatoes in one of our storages. Russet potatoes are extremely versatile. Their shape is ideal for chipping into french fries, the flesh is outstanding as a baked potato, and as you can see from the slideshow, they can be used in many other recipes to create delicious food. All of the dishes featured in this slideshow were created in my kitchen. The recipes can be found on this website in “Spud Smarts – About Cooking Potatoes” and in the recipe category of The Common-Tater. You can watch a video of our potatoes travelling into the storage for the winter by visiting “The Potato Bin Filler.”
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.
As summer begins to wind down and we begin to plan for back to school and back to work, our produce stand is at the peak of its season here at the farm. This is the first weekend we have our brand new Yukon Gold potatoes for sale in addition to our mini white potatoes. The sweet corn is picked fresh daily and is simply divine. To tease your taste buds a little bit more, we have some of Ontario’s finest field tomatoes, carrots and onions available. If you have never tasted the difference that #eatlocal produce makes in your dinner, we invite you to stop in at the farm. We also have free recipes and giant colouring posters for the kids. You can visit “What We Offer – At The Door” for more information and directions to the farm. Have a great weekend!
Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight? How about some sweet corn? We are pleased to let you know our sweet corn stand is up and running today! Whether you are planning a trip to the cottage, heading off on a road trip or enjoying a “stay-cation” for this August long weekend, be sure to stop in at the farm to pick up some of the first sweet corn of the season. We also have free giant colouring posters for the kids available at the door, which could come in handy if it rains this weekend. (And it’s quite possible it will during this rainy summer.) Enjoy your weekend! You can visit “What We Offer – At The Door” for more information 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.”
Nothing can compare to farm fresh sweet corn. Our corn is picked daily and is absolutely bursting with flavour. Drop by the farm anytime to pick up your sweet corn and see what other vegetables we have to offer from local farms. You can visit “What We Offer – At The Door” for more information and directions to the farm.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!