Potato Grower

December 2015

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14 Potato Grower |DECEMBER 2015 GROWER OF THE MONTH By Tyrell Marchant | Photos courtesy of Tucker Farms, Inc. I t's a cold, gray, wet mid-October morning in upstate New York, but the dreary weather doesn't dampen the mood a bit at Tucker Farms. "It's raining and about 37 degrees; they're talking snow this weekend," says Tom Tucker in a tone that suggests waiting on the weather is of no more consequence than waiting at the Wendy's drive-through. "We still have a little bit of harvest left and it's been miserable weather, but we'll get it finished." That come-what-may attitude encapsulates what the Tucker family stands for, and it's what has kept them on the same land for a century and a half. WORKING HARD "My father, Donald, always worked form sunup to sundown," says Tom Tucker. "He's 89 now, but he still rules the roost. I remember asking him in high school why he wanted to be a farmer, and he said it's because you get to do what you want on the days you want, depending on Mother Nature." Tucker Farms in Gabriels, N.Y.

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