Earlier this week I managed to escape the office and catch our as he planted our very last field of potatoes for 2023. This is the 5th crop of potatoes John has planted since RJ’s dad “retired.” (Of course, everyone knows farmers never really retire!) Our 4 row planter is loaded with Yukon Gold seed potatoes in these photos. You can visit “Tater Tales Potato Planter” to see a video of the planter.
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” Since we don’t grow oak trees here at the farm, I’ll modify this English proverb to read “Mighty crops from little seed potatoes grow!”
Every humble seed potato is cut in half. One plant should grow from each half. One plant should yield 8-10 potatoes depending on the variety, growing conditions and weather conditions. So each little seed potato can turn into 16-20 beautiful new potatoes. And this is all the proof I need to confirm that great things can and do come from small beginnings.
We have been busy planting our seed potatoes for about a week and a half after a sluggish start to our season due to excessive rain and cold temperatures in late April and early May. You can expect to see our new potatoes available for sale in late July or early August. You can visit “Seed Potatoes” to find out how many seed potatoes we need every season.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!