Ayo realized that a trip through Idaho would be woefully incomplete without visiting a potato farm. Some quick googling put us in touch with Wendy from Swore Farms.
Two days later, we pulled into the family’s driveway and parked our RV next to a tractor and some other equipment that looked like it could eat Arvie for breakfast. Wendy greeted us and showed us around the land, rapidly taking two city folks from zero-to-sixty in agriculture knowledge. Okay, maybe zero-to-ten but it’s something!
Here are two interesting things that we learned:
1) Swore Farms’ corn maze is planted with feed corn while their corn field is planted with sweet corn. Wendy told us that the cost of sweet corn seed is tens of times greater than feed corn seed.
2) Something pretty wild and decidedly not big-city: For a few months of the year, Swore Farms’ warehouse stand is unattended. They put out the fruits and veggies, a price list and a scale and buyers are asked to tally their bill and place their payment in a bucket!
We left Swore with a massive zucchini (a gift!), two-dozen eggs from their backyard chickens, and a much greater appreciation of family farming.
An added bonus: they had a trampoline! Go visit!
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