Happy Halloween from all of us here at the farm! Do you recognize the design in this jack-o-lantern? Artistic credits completely belong to Christina who designed and carved this pumpkin. We still have a great selection of pumpkins of all sizes for anyone who waited for the last minute to get ready for Halloween. You can visit “Jack-O’-Lanterns” for some fun carving inspiration.
We have a great selection of awesome pumpkins here at the farm. They’re waiting for you to take them home and turn them into your Halloween masterpieces. I skipped off work early to carve these ones to get you inspired. Since I was working on a blog, I was technically still working…right?? Right! We are open to the general public seven days a week. You can visit “At The Door” for pricing and our hours of operation.
Now that we’re finished the potato harvest, we can turn our attention to another crop. These beautiful, extra-large pumpkins were grown by our sons, John and Curtis. The pumpkins had a bit of a tough growing season this year. Cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and too much rain slowed down the ripening process. But now they are ready and waiting to be your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern! You can visit “At The Door” for pricing and our hours of operation.
As we approach the very end of our potato harvest, I wanted to share an aerial video of our bin filler that I took earlier this season. This gives you a great overview of how our potatoes travel from the bulk truck to the potato storage. You can easily see the field debris dropping into the garbage box, the teeny tiny potatoes being sorted out as well as our crew pulling out all weeds, clumps of grass and small stones that we don’t want taking up valuable space in our potato storage. The building is now so full that I doubt we could cram one more potato in!
Our son Curtis operates the bin filler here at our farm. It means keeping the machine operational when there are breakdowns, moving it to different bins and buildings as we harvest different varieties and running empty trucks to the fields to be filled up with more potatoes. You can visit “The Wonderful Windrower” and “The Hypnotic Harvester” to see more aerial videos of our potato harvesting equipment in action.
Today is National Farmers Day so I interrupted the harvest process to capture my three farmers on film. I got this fabulous photo after all the grumbling was over about turning off the bin filler for a picture, wondering where their sunglasses were and wishing I had given them some advance notice. (Which I did. For two weeks. Every day.) And what exactly does this day mean to us?
F feeding the world
A adaptability and accountability
R responsibility for our crops
M maintaining our land
E enthusiastic and sometimes exhausted
R ready for anything
S steadfast and strong
Today would be a great day to thank a farmer. (It doesn’t have to be us!) Sometimes an unexpected thank you to a perfect stranger can make all the difference in the world. You can visit “Our Story” to learn a little bit more about who we are and where we came from.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!