In Thorpdale the spud harvest season commenced recently. It is set to run until mid-May. Everyone will be going full tilt to get the many tonnes of potatoes out of paddocks, into sorting sheds and onto trucks making their way to various destinations across Australia.
Farmer Stuart Jennings on Thorpdale: "It's fairly unique being a small area with a high rate of production. It hasn't really got going yet but another week it will be the silly season."
As Thorpdale is located inside a former volcanic crater, the rich red soil of the area makes it ideal for growing potatoes. The soil has almost become as well known in Thorpdale as the potato itself, and has led to many mothers refusing to let their children wear white shirts or socks.
Jennings is pragmatic on the season ahead: "I'm guessing slow. We've seen a bit of fallout from COVID this year which we weren't expecting to be quite as bad as what it is. Hopefully over the next few months it will pick up a bit and we'll be able to move a bit more stuff and we'll be able to catch up.”
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