We have sad news from our farm today. Our Murray has now begun his final adventure in the great beyond. We have buried him where he has a great view of his kingdom that he ruled for almost 16 years. He brought us great joy every day, and we enjoyed sharing his adventures with all of you. Rest easy #IAmMurray. You were a special dog and will always have place in our hearts. You can visit “The Conversation” to see a video of Murray laying down the rules to the swans in our irrigation pond.
While we are always #AgProud here at the farm, today is a special day. Canada’s Agriculture Day was created to recognize the work of all those who help produce the food that Canadians and people around the world eat. Every year on this day I release a new recipe to get you excited about eating locally grown food. This year I settled on potato skins filled with vegetables that you can buy from local farmers in your grocery store all winter.
Roasted vegetables including carrots, sweet potato, turnips, cremini mushrooms and frozen broccoli are tossed in a Sesame Thai dressing and piled high in crispy, seasoned potato skins. The potato flesh in turned into garlic mashed potatoes topped with diced chives. My vegetarian followers can enjoy this as a complete meal, or you can add a meat of your choice.
Click on the PDF document above to print or download the recipe file. You can visit “Chili Loaded Potato Skins” for another delicious potato skin recipe. Bon Appétit!
This is us! Here we are working, pausing work for a quick photo opportunity, having fun and just plain goofing around. You can visit “The Faces Of Our Farm Part V” to see some more photos of all of us in action.
Is this a recap of 2023 or a preview of what we’ll be doing in 2024? I leave it up to you to decide. (And whatever you decide you will be right, since both options are actually true!) Enjoy this montage of some of the work we do here around the farm from early spring to late fall. You can visit “The Compelling Combine” and “The Hypnotic Harvester” to see more videos of our farm equipment in action.
I think it’s time for a photo gallery featuring some feathered friends that frequent our farm. Capturing a great photo of a bird is never easy, but with a little patience and time it can be done. These photos I took are all of common birds that can be found in Southern Ontario.
We have trumpeter swans that frequent our irrigation pond in the spring, and mallard ducks that return every year to nest beside our house. The northern flicker makes the most obnoxious noise while it hunts in our grass, while the merlin on my back porch never made a peep. The snow buntings fly in large flocks around our house during the winter, as does the common redpoll. The belted kingfisher and northern shrike were lucky shots of hunting birds that perched for a minute to rest. And what farm doesn’t have a flock of wild turkeys, a gaggle of Canadian geese and a few killdeer living in the back 40?!
You can visit “Pond Life Part II” to see some more birds and animals that hang around the farm.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!