If you’ve ever been curious what a crop looks like as it grows over a season, then this is the post for you. I have spent the summer documenting one field of AC Chaleur potatoes throughout the growing season. The photos were taken from early June just after the field was planted up to last weekend when we were digging some spuds. It’s an interesting perspective showing the growth and development of the potato plants as they move through their life cycle. To have a closer look at how potatoes grow you can visit “One Potato, New Potato!”
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!
Things really start hopping here at the farm once August rolls around. The harvester has been dusted off and we are digging new potatoes almost every day. (I often mull over the point of cleaning off the harvester since it immediately gets covered in dust again as soon as it hits the fields!) Picking enough sweet corn to meet our orders is a daily job. The corn stand is super busy as our at-the-door-customers come back time and time again to pick up fresh produce for dinner. All the winter wheat has now been combined and trucked to the grain elevator much to the relief of our combine operator. He had been dreading the combining job due to all the wheat knocked down during the numerous storms this summer. So from now until the harvest is completed in mid-October we will all be moving at top speed. Who needs to sleep anyways?! To see a video of the wheat being combined you can visit "A Combine In Action.”
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year here at the farm! Our little new potatoes are for sale at the door for a limited time only so be sure to get some while you can. They lack a set skin so there is minimal work required to prepare them for cooking. They just need to be lightly washed and then cooked. This new recipe for grilling the potatoes is simple to prepare, simple to cook and simply yummy! Click on the PDF file above to download or print the recipe. To learn more about new potatoes and why they are different, you can visit “One Potato, New Potato!”
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Farming is fascinating!