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Potatoes and Vegetables in Manitoba

By: plapman , 12:22 PM GMT on June 14, 2012

Today will be overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain, then thunderstorms in the afternoon. Today's high of will be 75F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.
TonNight will be partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then clear. The overnight low will be 55F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
This morning I'm goung for an MRI to determine if the clot that's been causing my problems is still present.
Mass and Alley do we ever grow potatoes here in Manitoba. There are 2 fry plants in Portage la Prairie, one owned by McCain's and the other by Simplot. Both plants when in full production can process 1 millon lbs. of potatoes a day each. The plants run on a 24/7 basis. The McCain plant ,where the Queen works, is currently on a 2 week shutdown for maintenance. We also have large vegeteble farms here. The rich soil is from repeated flooding of the Assinaboine river, which also provided irrigation when needed, flooding and depositing the soil on the Portage plains. The producers of veggies and potatoes have formed a company to market the production. Here's a link to their site for those who are interested. Peak of the Market. The vegetabe industry was started when Campbell's open a soup plant here. The plant is gone now but the veggies are still being grown.

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4. Ylee
4:42 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
That's a lot of taters! It's a wonder they don't call it Portage La Potato, lol!
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3. masshysteria
3:18 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good Morning, Tony ~

Hope that some positive news emerges from that MRI you're taking this morning. Are you currently on other safe meds that are designed to help break up that peksy clot? In any event, hope that there are great signs of improvement!

Thanks for the information regarding all the wonderful seasonal produce grown in Canada. I had a gut feeling that many parts were quite similar to that in the U.S. State of Maine. My hubby and I used to go Maine, many years ago, for a week of summer vacation. We used to stop at some of the roadside farmstands there to purchase fresh grown potatoes, sweet peas, etc., etc. We would snack on those sweet pea pods like it was candy. So delicious and remains incomparable to those imported from elsewhere and sold in stores today. UGH! So glad that summer's officially just a few days away and hope it's filled with warm sunny days and delicious outdoor grilled delights. I could make a meal out of many grilled summer vegetables. Yum!
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2. unclemush
2:41 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
Hi Tony.How can Alley get here first all the time?:)
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1. Alleyoops
2:23 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good morning Tony. Yes I know about your produce growing area, much the same as here when we had Campbells Soup here too. This is still a big produce area as our soil is much the same as yours and our growing season is a little longer because of our mild temps. Grapes is another big industry here and it supplies us with some of the best wines in the country. I love my Ontario ICE WINES... At one time, just north of me, it use to be a big tobacco farming area but with the restrictions now many have turned to cash crops.

Anyway dear one, looks like I beat MUSH again, he is snoozing so he is loozin' LOL Have a great day dear ones.
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