Today is Weedy Wednesday here at the farm. Even though weeds are something we normally work to eradicate, and even though most of us are quite tired of winter, at a certain point we need to take a few minutes to appreciate what we’re given. So I present my slideshow of glittering weeds covered in ice and snow sparkling in the brilliant sunlight. The photos were taken in the bitter cold early one frosty morning. Although I ended up with frozen fingers and burrs on my boot, I believe the end result was worth it. If you’re hungry for signs of spring, I invite you to take a look at “Buds & Blossoms” for a preview of spring flora and fauna.
All is quiet on the potato farm front. The last of the field work and the fall chores have been completed. And anything that wasn’t finished will have to wait for the spring since Old Man Winter has visited us with minor snowfall and wild, blustery winds. Hopefully this selection of photos will warm you up! These pictures of natural circles were taken during my travels this past year as I was collecting footage for The Common-Tater. From a brilliant moonrise to a perfect circle bored into a felled tree to a gentle circle of moss, the photos highlight some of the simple beauty we can enjoy if we can find the time to slow down and look as we race along in our busy lives. You can visit “Picturesque Patterns” to see a collection of photos highlighting patterns found in nature on the farm.
Happy Anniversary to us! One year ago we launched our website and it has been successful beyond our expectations. Over the past year we have had more than 14,000 unique visitors and an incredible 40,000 page views.
We have written 53 blogs in our “Common-Tater” section covering a wide variety of topics ranging from farming equipment, how we grow potatoes, new recipes, animal visitors and life on the farm. The slide show above features the top ten blogs that got the biggest reaction from our audience. Have a look to see what you may have missed!
We are thrilled to release our brand new “Production Gallery” today. You can see all new photos of our tractors, implements, equipment and the people who operate them. The newly revamped “Spud Smarts – About Potatoes” is an interactive slide show full of fun and interesting information about the potato.
In the midst of all these changes and updates, we would like to assure you that the one thing that will never change is our commitment to growing a quality product that is delivered on time to our growing base of customers. We hope you enjoy the new sections of our website. Thank you for a fantastic first year!
Vibrant colours are abundant at the farm in both large and small scale. Here are a few of my favourite pictures highlighting colours that I have captured over the past year. You can visit our “Abstract Gallery” to view similar photographs.
Here at the farm we are surrounded by the sky. I am fascinated with the ever changing view that Mother Nature offers when I look out the window. While it is impossible to capture the entire range of moods and colours I have seen in the sky, here are a few sample pictures of the beauty we see every day. You can see more photos of the farm by visiting our “Gallery.”
We welcome 2017 with a fun and whimsical poem written about the Thompson Potato by Jim Payne. Not every potato farm has a poem written about its’ product! Jim was an acquaintance of Don’s. He wrote this poem in 1992 in appreciation for all the potatoes donated over the years to the Mount Albert United Church suppers. Enjoy!
All is quiet in our fields right now thanks to the early arrival of what looks to become a classic Canadian winter. Therefore it’s the perfect time for something completely different – artistic photography featuring shapes found around the farm! From the wonders of nature to manmade shapes this is an unusual perspective of our farm. You can visit our “Abstract Gallery” to view similar photographs.
During the last six months I have been busy documenting the process of growing potatoes. In my journey from field to field, naturally I found many other interesting items to photograph. Enjoy this compilation of artistic photos taken around the farm that I have entitled “Picturesque Patterns.”
Some would say this addition to The Common-Tater should be called “Weeds & Pests” but I beg to differ. Whether we like it or not, every plant and insect has its place here in our ecosystem on the farm. This collection of photos celebrates entities that are usually ignored, stomped on, swatted at or ripped out of the ground. You be the judge! If you enjoy this slide show, be sure to check out our “Photo Gallery – Abstract Gallery” for more pictures of flora and fauna around the farm.
I had the pleasure of taking almost all the photos for our website. This was a job I tackled with great pleasure since amateur photography is one of my passions. I certainly had challenging moments. What’s the best background to showcase our bags of potatoes? How can I get rid of the sheen on our poly bags of potatoes? How DO you make carrots and lemons look interesting? Will both my sons ever smile in the same picture at the same time? And the list goes on!
I have crawled on my hands and knees through ice and snow to take macro pictures of blades of grass after an ice storm, balanced somewhat precariously on the top of bulk trucks to shoot different angles of potato equipment, almost gotten squashed by tractors as I tried to film an extreme close-up of planting equipment and of course I got very, very dirty sometimes wallowing through mucky fields. (Thank you to my yellow rubber boots!)
But by far the most exciting photo shoot was when I was offered a helicopter ride to take these aerial pictures of our farm! Helicopter door came off, camera came out and off I went! It was absolutely thrilling to see the farm from the air. It was a whole new perspective of the land we have farmed for so many years and I was delighted to have this unique opportunity.
Be sure to visit Our Story to find out more about our farm and the people who work here.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!