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…And the Best Potatoes Are…Norwis Chefs!

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 is the go-to potato! The Norwis was bred and...

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April Showers Bring May…Turf Grass!

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 everyone says that. I agree that “attention to...

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2016 The International Year of the Pulses

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 lignans and flavonoids which play a role in...

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Full Steam Ahead!

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 building represents more than just another place to...

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These Are So Beautiful, You’ll Want to Eat Them!

I can’t help it. I love potatoes. A high-school friend from Aroostook County, Maine, once told me she didn’t like potatoes. She admitted that it was peculiar that a County girl didn’t like potatoes. I had to agree. That’s mighty peculiar. Even crazy, if you ask me. As a kid, I used to rub freshly-dug potatoes on my jeans until I got all the dirt off and ate them raw. That’s true potato love! Our special Green Thumb Farms potato packs are, however, much better than straight out of the field. Have You Tried Our Steamables? We use our most beautiful petite potatoes to produce a consistently...

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5 Brilliant Ways to Go Native

I was staring off into space during a quiet moment at a recent trade show. A woman appeared, laden with bags, and addressed me with a smile.  We chatted for a moment, and I invited her to have a seat.  As she settled herself into the chair, she said, “I’m of no use to you.” Well now…that was an odd thing to say.  “Yes you are,” I answered.  “You are keeping me company!” “What I mean,” she said, “is that I don’t buy sod.  I’m of no use to your company.  I’m just taking up space here in your booth!” She was quick to admit that she had laid sod before and didn’t much enjoy it.  She was a...

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