Sweet corn anyone?! This weekend we will be opening our sweet corn stand with Norfolk County corn while we wait for our own crop to be ready. We are also pleased to offer a selection of new potatoes hand dug by Johnny & Curtis to complement the first Ontario field tomatoes of the season. Come and enjoy the bounty of fresh, local food! To have a peek at one of my most popular recipes featuring sweet corn you can visit “Mexicana Sweet Corn Salad Recipe.”
The past month found us struggling with intense Internet and Wi-Fi issues here at the farm (which is something most of you can probably relate to!) Many frustrating issues have been completely resolved and I am back on track to keep you interested and informed about what’s going on here at the farm. This blog is simply called “What’s Growing.” This past weekend we had beautiful weather and all our crops benefited from it. The potatoes are just coming into flower which means tiny spuds are forming underground. The sweet corn seems to be recovering from a rather rocky start with the cold, wet spring we had. The pumpkins and squash have been planted and are forming some really nice looking seedlings. And the winter wheat is tall and beautiful. To have a look at what was growing at our farm two years ago you can visit “Tater Tales July 18th What’s Growing.”
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.”
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!”
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.
To quote a famous author “A River Runs Through It.” And let me tell you, there is NOT supposed to be a river running through our sweet corn fields. Our fields here are generally very sandy and drain quite well. But this summer there has been too much rain for our fields to handle. As you can see from these pictures, water is rushing from the forests and pooling in the fields. Hopefully the rain will cease, the fields will dry up and the little sweet corn plants won’t drown. To see a video of RJ planting sweet corn in the extremely dry conditions of the summer of 2016 you can visit “Sweet Corn – Coming Soon!”
Potato #plant17 is complete! John planted the last of the Russet seed potatoes yesterday, the planting equipment is all moved back to the farm and we can retire the potato planter for another season. Tiny potato plants have started to poke through the earth which is always exciting. As for Sweet Corn #plant17, RJ won’t be finished for about a month. While he has already planted several sections of sweet corn and little stalks are pushing up, the job stretches out over two months. You can see a video of RJ planting sweet corn by visiting “Sweet Corn- Coming Soon!”
Earlier this week we celebrated the first day of spring with the arrival of our first box of sweet corn seed. It’s hard to image that the taste of summer can come from what’s inside that plain, unassuming, little brown box. Now we wait impatiently for the weather to warm up enough to get out into the fields to start preparing them for planting. Only 140 more days to go until it’s ready! You can learn more about the men who pick our sweet corn by visiting "Out-Standing In Their Field."
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.”
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!