Bird FeedersDecember 18, 2014
Unfortunately not all of the potatoes were harvested this past season. Although the monetary loss is significant the potatoes that are not harvested do not go to waste entirely. The Skagit Valley is a major migration area for Ducks, Snow Geese, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans in the winter months. The Washington Department of Fish and Game estimate 80,000 Snow Geese and 8,500 Swans make the Skagit Valley their winter feeding grounds. The birds migrate into the valley from Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and British Columbia. The Trumpeter Swans are quite impressive. They are the largest North American waterfowl and weigh between 26 and 35 pounds. They have an average wingspan of 6 to 8 feet although some have been measured to be as much as 10 feet. When a flock of them flies overhead you can hear their huge wingspan whooshing thru the air as one or two of them let out their trumpet like honk. They feed on grains and grasses but especially enjoy potatoes after a freeze as they soften and become much easier to eat and digest. The bird populations have flourished the past decade or so with the help…….and the bad luck of the Skagit Valley potato growers.
Precision Farming via SatelliteJune 09, 2014
For the past few years we have incorporated the John Deere Starfire system into our agriculture practices. The implementation of this system is another way our company is working to "BE MORE GREEN". The system uses GPS signals along with a ground receiver to relay information to the tractor. The tractor pilot aligns the tractor as directed by the Starfire unit. He then puts the tractor in gear and sits back while the tractor drives itself. The tractor steers itself to within 4cm of accuracy. Studies have shown this accuracy to be a savings of 10%. That is 10% less time in the field, 10% less fertilizer, less fuel, less seed, less wages and more. The other benefit is that rows are straight and true. The tractor pilot will also tell you its ok to talk and text while driving as shown in this photo.
Broccoli,Cauliflower and CucumbersAugust 15, 2013
Well we are at the midway point of the broccoli season, the cauliflower has hit its peak, and we're just getting started on the cucumber harvest. Weather has been warm, sunny and DRY ! Mount Vernon experienced only its 2nd month in 20 years of no measurable precipitation...July was that dry.
New crop potatoes just around the cornerAugust 15, 2013
The fields were plowed, prepped and planted in the Spring. We've tended to them over the summer and now we're getting close to harvest. Soon we will be digging, washing and packing up our Red, Yellow, White and Purple potatoes.
Spring has sprung and we have started to turn the dirt !March 29, 2013
Spring is here in the beautiful Skagit Valley ! We have started to prepare the fields for planting Potatoes and Broccoli. A lot goes into the planning and prepping stages on the farm, and as soon as the weather changes it is off to the races. Below we are plowing and tilling a field that will be prepped further before being planted with broccoli in a couple of days.
This field has been plowed, disced, tilled and roto-shaped, and is now being planted with broccoli. A lot of time, effort and resources are required to bring a crop to harvest on the farm. Stay tuned to watch this field grow!
Dale Hayton celebrates 28 years with Valley Pride !March 06, 2013
Dale Hayton, Sales Manager with Valley Pride Sales, Inc celebrates 28 years with the company marketing fresh produce from the Skagit Valley throughout North America. Dale grew up in the Skagit Valley and worked on the family farm before attending Washington State University and receiving his degree in Agricultural Economics. The agricultural landscape has changed as has the way of doing business in many ways, but Dale enjoys the relationships made and the challenges presented in the dynamic ever-changing produce industry. Thank you Dale for your years of service and leadership.
Summer veg deal draws to a closeOctober 30, 2012
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SUMMER VEG SEASON !
Its that time of year again. Time to turn our focus from harvesting broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and berries and on to red, white, yellow and purple potatoes.
We experienced a long, dry summer this year up in the Pacific Northwest. Record days without precipitation (81-100+ depending on where you live) made for interesting times on the farm. Irrigation was used more than ever before to keep our crops thriving and producing the quality our customers have come to expect from Valley Pride.
Quality overall for the season was great. Our farming team worked tirelessly and the experienced harvest crews did a fantastic job selecting only the best for the Valley Pride and Hayton Farms label. A big thanks goes out to them for another successful season.
The potato crop looks great and we will have good supplies well into 2013 so give us a call today for all of your red, white, yellow and purple potato needs.
We'll see you in July 2013
Thanks again ! Sales team at Valley Pride Sales, Inc
Potato HarvestOctober 02, 2012
POTATO HARVEST HAS BEGUN
Our colored potato harvest has begun! September 17th was our first day of harvesting the 2012 crop. We have red, white and gold skinned potatoes available now and they look fantastic. We are very happy with the color and quality. Potatoes are the preferred vegetable in America as the average per capita consumption is 140 pounds per year. We will have supplies for many months to come. Get some.
Cauliflower and Cucumbers in full swingAugust 21, 2012
We are harvesting some beautiful 12 count cauliflower right now. Color is nice and white and heads are good and heavy. Good supplies should prevail through the month of September.
Slicing cucumbers are showing great color and firmness. Picking and packing daily all sizes. Inquire with sales staff.
Harvest updateAugust 01, 2012
Broccoli harvest continues....
We are currently blessed with abundant sunshine and beautiful broccoli. Our crews are busy harvesting crowns and bunched broccoli as we have completed our first month of harvest. Quality continues to be good and supplies will be good through mid October.
Cauliflower and Cucumbers coming soon
We will have 12 count cello wrapped cauliflower available to ship the week of the 6th and slicing cucumbers towards the later part of that week as well. Supplies will be good on both through September and into October.
Did you know..... Broccoli is one of the worlds healthiest foods?