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.
Brilliant sunshine and vivid colours seem to be a distant memory for those of us living in dreary, gloomy, gray Southern Ontario. I can’t remember the last time we had some sunshine. These photos of the beautiful, sunny days we had last summer should cheer you up. Here’s hoping the sun will come out again one day soon! You can visit “Buds & Blossoms” to see some colourful spring flowers I found when I was out and about here at the farm.
Yes. We need rain. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time it rained. This video of Curtis preparing land to plant a cover crop makes me feel like I’m living through the famous Dust Bowl of the 1930’s in the USA. Our next job is going to be irrigation if it doesn’t rain soon. And since everyone hates irrigating, please do us a favour and do a little rain dance today! You can visit “Baby It’s Dry Outside” to learn more about how irrigation works at our farm.
Whenever I hear the words pumpkin patch, the image of Linus waiting patiently for “The Great Pumpkin” to arrive comes to my mind. Welcome to our pumpkin patch! John and Curtis are planting this field using our corn planter that has been adjusted with a few modifications. The video pans out to show our entire pumpkin patch where they will plant 5 different varieties of pumpkins as well as butternut squash, pepper squash and spaghetti squash. You can visit “Pumpkins & Squash” to learn more about how John & Curtis figured out how to modify the corn planter in the first year they grew fall produce.
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.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!