Since moving back to Gippsland, we’re no longer ‘farmers’ in the traditional sense of the word. Do I still call myself a ‘farmers wife’? Yes. Does my (immediate) family’s bread and butter come from primary production? Well, no. But yes…in a round-about kind of way. The bottom line is, we’re always going to be involved in agriculture, that’s not going to change, but farm life seems to have been a bit absent from She Sows Seeds (especially since the arrival of a certain little baby girl!)
Essentially, my family farm potatoes (and lamb) and have done so since 1945 in this district, longer if you go back to Ireland. (Irish Catholic potato farmers – cliched much?!) Our little piece of Gippsland we call home is prime potato growing land, red volcanic soils in the undulating foothills of the Strzlecki Ranges, with high rainfall. Gods country. The humble spud though has had a bit of a bad run in terms of PR in recent years. It’s all quinoa this and no carbs that. Hmph. In the past 30 years potatoes have gone from being on 70% of Australian family’s dinner plates as a sidedish to just 10% in 2014. Reality bites. We grow Delight Potatoes (available at Woolworths), this little film gives you a small insight into our farm, our growers, and my dad!
Spud season is just cranking into full swing (January-June for us). The hum of the harvester I can hear on a nearby hill, the packing shed is staffed and the grader clattering to life, trucks are noticeable on the local roads as they come to collect hundreds of tonnes of our produce to deliver to markets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. It’s a busy time in our little sleepy community, it’s all hands on deck, but with the hard work comes a heck of a lot of pride. Every grower I know in this farming district takes so much pride in their produce, and so they should, it’s delicious!
‘Super foods’ may come and go, but potatoes are forever. On Saturday night I shared a photo on Instagram, preparing our dinner – lamb which we grew in South Australia (and had been in our freezer since Matt butchered it himself), potatoes delivered to my back door by Dad from a grower who sells his produce to us, garlic and rosemary from my garden. People commented that it must feel good. You bet it does.
Yes, we’re farmers and we grow it. And we’re very proud of it. Now, go grab a bag of Delight potatoes at your local Woolies for dinner tonight. A potato farmer like us will thank you for it.
For more information on Delight Potatoes you can visit the website here, where you can view other videos of growers around Australia. You can also like Delight Potatoes on Facebook to get some delicious recipes in your newsfeed.