Late Fall Means….

Corn

As we step into November and corn harvesting is upon us it is a sure sign that snow is soon to follow.  This week we are in full swing corn mode, with three combines stripping the dry husks from their stalks the 600+ acres are making their way to the dryer quickly!  These pictures show a combine emptying corn into a truck that will take the corn to a centralized location where we dry and store it to be purchased later.  After the combine gathers the corn from the stalk the remaining stalks are mowed down and then tilled into the ground.  The stalks provide valuable nutrients to the soil and future crops.   The corn itself is tested for moisture content, each load can have a little different reading and require more or less time in the dryer.  The corn is transferred via auger to the computer controlled drying tank where large propane blowers circulate warm air throughout the tank.  Once the computer system reports that the corn has reached its desired moisture content (around 12%) the corn is then transferred again into large holding tanks.  The corn is eventually shipped by either the truck load, bulk bag (2,000 lbs.) or 50 lb. bag to its desired destination.  This corn serves many purposes, it is often fed to animals, used to heat homes in furnaces (much like pellets), it is also used to make corn meal and corn flour for human consumption.

 

Soldier Beans

The Soldier beans are flying out of our warehouse at an unbelievable rate, we couldn’t be more excited to supply all of the very patient customers that have been missing their beloved Soldier beans since last fall.  As soon as they are packaged they are  then loaded on a truck and headed for a store, church supper or dinner table near you.  Check out this Soldier bean recipe: European Soldier Beans with Gorgonzola and Fresh Sage

Potatoes

The Thanksgiving holiday is in sight and we are preparing for what is traditionally the busiest time of year for the potato packaging world.  We will start to see orders from the major grocery stores that will feature potatoesin their Thanksgiving sale flyer.  Don’t forget that you can tell whether or not your potatoes came from Green Thumb Farmsby looking at both the printing on the bag itself and the Green Thumb Man on the bread tag that holds the poly bags closed. 

Bag tag

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