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.
Have you ever thought about how perfect sweet corn gets to your dinner table? We start planting sweet corn in May and continue weekly plantings for roughly 2 months. This staggered planting ensures that we always have a section of ripe corn. When it’s time to pick the corn, every cob is handpicked by our team of migrant workers. They’re experts at selecting the best quality corn.
This aerial video clearly shows our different sections of sweet corn and gives you an insight into how much sweet corn we grow annually. (I promise I’ll get better at using my new drone for future videos!) Don’t miss out on our September sweet corn – it’s usually the best of the season.
You can visit “Summer Sweet Corn Salad Recipe” for a truly tasty salad made from fresh local produce that’s available this time of year in Ontario.
What’s growing at the farm today? Plenty! All our potatoes plants are in flower which means tubers are forming (which means potatoes are growing.) Did you know that potato plants have different colours flowers depending on the variety of potato that has been planted? The plants with white flowers are our early crop AC Chaleur round white potatoes and the plants with pink flowers are our very popular Yukon Gem potatoes.
The sweet corn got off to a slow start due to very cool ground temperatures this spring, but I think you can see it’s really taking off now. Acres and acres and acres of sweetness coming soon! And last (but never least) the pumpkin seeds have germinated and the plants getting bigger every day. They take some time to get established, but soon they will be enormous plants sprawled all over the field.
So all in all, our crops are growing nicely. You can visit “The Flowers Of Our Farm” to see more pictures of our crops in flower during the summer months.
Hidden inside the yellow buckets of this planter are one of the most anticipated items we grow here at the farm. Sweet corn seeds! Our phones are already starting to ring with anxious customers calling in to find out if our corn is ready. Not yet. Curtis has been planting our sweet corn for many weeks now. He staggers the planting so we always have one patch of super fresh sweet corn to pick for our customers. Looking forward to seeing you at the produce stand in August! You can visit “Out-Standing In Their Field” to learn more about the men who hand pick all our corn.
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!