Posts Tagged "crop rotation"

It’s Harvest Time and We’re on Fire!

The dawn of autumn is the time when our farm comes full circle. That’s because it’s potato time! Our farm crew who work year-round doing everything “potato” kick into full gear, ready and excited to see what our carefully-tended crop yields. It’s so exciting to think about the bounty just under the surface of our fields that stretch across the Saco River valley of Fryeburg, Maine and Conway, New Hampshire. Everybody here gets excited, from our potato-growers to our seasonal employees who man the trucks that move alongside our harvesters, to the warehouse crew, to the salespeople, to those of...

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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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Then and Now, 50 Years of Growth- Planting

As a fairly new member of the Thibodeau Family and Green Thumb Farms I haven’t had the privilege of seeing this farm’s progression over the years. This summer marks my 3rd anniversary at the farm and the 50th Anniversary for the company. This led me to dig into the farm’s history a little to see how much it has changed over the years. Since we are wrapping up our planting season I thought it would be appropriate to start with the planting operation. When Green Thumb Farms began farming in 1965 we started with around 75 acres, all of which were potatoes grown for Frito Lay. This year we will...

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Breaking New Ground….

We mean breaking new ground literally!  A new land purchase has allowed Green Thumb Farms to add more acreage to our crop land.  The previous owner farmed hay for his cattle herd, we are in the process of turning the green hay into the ground in preparation for corn planting.  This is done with a process called disking.  A tractor  tows an apparatus behind it that has several disks that will chop up the grass and turn it back down into the loose soil.  The disk will travel over the land several times to make the surface smooth enough to plant.  After disking if needed a light cultivation may...

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