Members of the Thomas and Delforge family farm have been forced to bag more than 160,000 pounds of potatoes — by hand. The family farm located in Coteau-du-Lac, a city 40 minutes west of Montreal, is a major producer for regional food suppliers. Brayden Jagger Haines reports for Global News.
The farm churns out some 2,500 tons of potatoes a year for companies which then transform them into french fries and other delicacies for the restaurant industry.
The economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has lowered demand for potatoes, bringing the industry to a halt. That has left farmers like Jack Thomas with mountains of unsold produce. “This is our profits, ” Thomas said.
Despite the setback, Thomas and his wife Ange-Marie Delforge have adapted their operations to save their produce and their bottom line. The married couple, who has owned the farm for 30 years, have started bagging the potatoes and selling them from their property.
The family produces about 100 to 125 bags a day and sells them for $15 a pouch at a kiosk at the entrance of their farm. So far some 70,000 pounds worth of potatoes have been sold, with another 80,000 remaining.