Hannaford Close to Home - Green Thumb Farms

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Green Thumb Farms, ME

After three generations farming potatoes, the Thibodeau
family has learned a few things. With a state-of-theart
packing facility and a regional market, they choose
varieties, not for long transport or ease of handling, but for
their taste. "We only raise the potatoes," Don Thibodeau
says, "that we would take home and eat ourselves. Our
Yukons, Superiors, Reds, and Norwis - they have what
people want for baking or to make a nice fry or mash."

After three generations farming potatoes, the Thibodeau family has learned a few things. With a state-of-theart packing facility and a regional market, they choose varieties, not for long transport or ease of handling, but for their taste. "We only raise the potatoes," Don Thibodeau says, "that we would take home and eat ourselves. Our Yukons, Superiors, Reds, and Norwis - they have what people want for baking or to make a nice fry or mash."

Because their Mount Washington Valley farm is centrally
located to so many Hannaford markets, "the consumer
knows our potatoes are fresher," Don says, "and we're the
earliest producer of Maine potatoes in the state, too."

Green Thumb Farms is also one of the last in the region to
raise the traditional beans for slow-baking that end up on
so many summer picnic plates. These heirloom varieties -
Jacob's Cattle, Maine Yellow eye, and Soldier - arrived with
the first European settlers. "Some growers were retiring,"
Don explains, "and Hannaford asked us to plant the beans
in volume because of their customers' requests. Today,
we're the largest producer of those beans in the country.
That's the kind of partnership we have."

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