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Quality Potatoes from the Keenan Family Farm to Your Table

About : The Process





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SEED PREPARATION

Seed potatoes can be cut into pieces, as long as the pieces have at least 1 eye each. An 'eye' is a bud that grows into a new plant. If you decide you want to cut your seed potatoes into pieces, cut them about 2 days before you plan to plant. This allows the pieces to callus or seal and prevents rotting, while the pieces sprout and take root.

PLANTING

Planting includes many aspects. However the biggest part is preparing the land, which includes tilling the soil, performing soil testing to determine pH and other levels of nutrients. Once everything is satisfactory, the fields are furrowed in rows that seem to go on for miles.

CULTIVATION

Potato plants will develop quickly and as they mature will produce broad leaves, which keep the lower part of the plant, shaded. The spacing of the plants allow for airflow in between each vine. As the plants grow, their leaves touch forming a canopy across the field, which serves to keep moisture from evaporating in between watering. The last part of the growing season is keeping the plants healthy as the potatoes will bulk up, with some eventually sizing up to baked potato size while others are smaller and are destined for consumer poly and mesh bags.

HARVEST & STORAGE

Potato plants will develop quickly and as they mature will produce broad leaves, which keep the lower part of the plant, shaded. The spacing of the plants allow for airflow in between each vine. As the plants grow, their leaves touch forming a canopy across the field, which serves to keep moisture from evaporating in between watering. The last part of the growing season is keeping the plants healthy as the potatoes will bulk up, with some eventually sizing up to baked potato size while others are smaller and are destined for consumer poly and mesh bags.

GRADING & SORTING

We bring the potatoes in from the climate-controlled warehouses, which go through dirt and rock eliminators, a washing and drying process then a sizing process. The potatoes will then flow through on conveyors and be sorted based on the size and weight of the potato.

PACKING & SHIPPING

Once the potatoes are graded and sorted they will get packed in to count boxes, poly bags or paper bags depending on the customers order. We ship within Canada as well as internationally for the consumer based and food service industries.

It’s not easy being green! Potatoes that have been stored properly do not turn green. Store your potatoes in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place.