Grant Award: $3,000
As their potato business has grown throughout the years, Tater Hill Farm moved from hand washing to renting a washing machine located a local food distribution center.
Moving from hand washing to machine washing allowed them to scale up, produce more, and increase the quality of their product. However, they have now they have reached the point where making multiple trips over 25 miles away to use the facility is not feasible and sustainable for the farm.
They will be purchasing their own implement vegetable washer and set up their own on-site system. Costs for hauling and renting at the washing facility would be eliminated. With their own system, they will be more efficient — working anytime of the day/night, regardless of weather.
Having their own washing system would also open up possibilities for future expansion. Tater Hill Farm sells through TRACTOR Food and Farms and at three farmers markets and direct from their farm.