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…And the Best Potatoes Are…Norwis Chefs!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in News | 4 comments

Some people dance around the maypole when the merry month of May comes around. Some only think about dancing around the maypole! At Green Thumb Farms, we don’t need a maypole. We’re more likely to dance around the farm machinery because we mark the start of May by planting the world’s most delicious potato – the Norwis. Weird name, I know. But this is a name for potato lovers to remember. In fact, it’s the potato that has made us famous with potato connoisseurs. In these days of farm to table and sourcing for the best ingredients, our Norwis...

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You Don’t Need To Ask Me Twice…

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Around the Farm | 0 comments

I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite perks of working at Green Thumb Farms is taste testing! Whether it is taste testing fries for quality assurance, testing new varieties, or sampling a new recipe you can bet I will be the first to show up with fork in hand! We are lucky enough to have a trained chef on staff that is always willing to work out a new recipe for any situation. Today’s project was two-fold, a little research and development for an exciting new product line and sample recipes to accompany it. We are...

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April Showers Bring May…Turf Grass!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in News | 0 comments

I was looking over my turf grass fields today and I got to thinking… I feel so lucky to be farming here in Fryeburg, Maine. We’re right near the Saco River, smack-dab in the Saco River Valley and blessed with nutrient-rich soil. Soil is everything in farming and I don’t take my responsibility lightly. In fact, I focus on it. A customer asked me what set my sod farm apart from other farms. After thinking about it for a minute, the answer was clear. “Attention to detail.” I answered. Attention to Detail Sets Us Apart You may be thinking that...

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2016 The International Year of the Pulses

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in News, Recipes | 0 comments

The UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulses. What is a pulse? Pulses include crops that are harvested for their dry seed. Red Kidney beans, Soldier beans, Jacob’s Cattle beans, and Yellow Eye beans are the first few examples that come to my mind. Amazingly, we grow them! Why is this significant to you? Simply put, you cannot find a better addition to your diet! Beans are a nutrient dense food packed with different vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C and more! They are also high in...

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Stamping Fun!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Around the Farm | 0 comments

I have to admit there may have been a time or two when I let my potatoes spout, shameful I know. Either they got buried in the closet, I didn’t take the time to store them properly or life just got in the way and I never got around to cooking them. If you’re anything like me it pains you throw out food, especially produce. Well, have no fear there is still a fun use for those potatoes…potato stamps! This is not just for kids either, I have seen some pretty neat projects made by adults with the help of our little tubers! Supplies Needed: Large...

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Full Steam Ahead!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Around the Farm, News | 2 comments

A little snow and rain didn’t slow us down! Yesterday’s weather certainly left a little something to be desired, but the crew pushed forward on an exciting new project! To better accommodate our crop and provide storage throughout the year we’ve decided to add a fourth storage building to our facility. The new building will have a state-of-the-art temperature control system.   This system will allow us to constantly monitor and adjust the storage environment and make sure the potatoes remain in optimum storage conditions. To us, the...

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Potato Cookies

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

Potatoes and cookies are certainly two of my favorite foods though I don’t believe I’ve ever tried a potato cookie. When I was shown this recipe, my interest was peaked, to say the least! I do believe this recipe will be on the docket for my son and I this weekend. Ingredients: ½ C Butter 1 C Packed Brown Sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 Lg. Egg 2 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate, melted ½ C Mashed Potatoes ½ C Nuts 1 ½ C Flour ½ tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Baking Powder ¾ C Buttermilk Directions: Cream butter and sugar; add egg and vanilla. Blend in chocolate, potatoes...

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Dry Beans: An Easy Recipe For Healthy Eating

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Around the Farm | 0 comments

One of my little pleasures here at Green Thumb Farms is strolling down to our bean-packing facility. It’s amazing to see the transformation from dried plants in the field (yep! This is a field-dried product, check out our video here.) into one of nature’s artistic and nutritious creations, Jacob’s Cattle Beans.

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Maine Baked Beans

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Recipes | 2 comments

Ingredients: 2 lbs. of State of Maine Dry Beans (any variety) 1/2 Salt Pork 1/4 C Sugar 1/2 – 2/3 C Molasses 2 tsp. Dry Mustard 1/2 tsp. Pepper Dash of Salt 1 Medium Onion (optional) Directions: Pick over the beans and soak them overnight in cold water.  In the morning, parboil the beans in fresh water until the skins crack when blown upon.  If an onion is used, cut in quarters and put in the bottom of bean pot.  Drain and add the parboiled beans.  Cut through the rind of the salt pork to a depth of 1/2 inch, and place the pork on top...

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A Smashing Side!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

I’m not a very inventive cook, so I often look to Pinterest when I need something new to try. The other day I was browsing for a new potato recipe and came across a blog titled, The Comfort of Cooking. She had a recipe called “Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes” that caught my attention. Since malt salt and vinegar chips are practically a staple in our house I figured this was a must try recipe, and what better recipe to let my 2-year-old son help with! I of course, started by placing a bag of our Side Delights® Gourmet Petite Real Red...

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