Quality Control Starts at the Farm Gate


Fallgate Farms - the home of Heartland Potato Chips is located in the heart of New Zealand's South Island - South Canterbury.

Locally grown. Locally made. Locally owned.You can't get more kiwi-made than that!

Fallgate Farms was named over 80 years ago when a previous landowner discovered many farm gates on the property hanging off their hinges - hence fall-gate.

Bought by its present owners, Raymond and Adrienne Bowan the farm has been home to their family, of three children for 35 years. Now the next generation is also living on Fallgate with son James, his wife Jess, and their two small children.

Raymond and Adrienne saw the potential in Fallgate Farms from the start. The soil is naturally perfect for growing potatoes - free draining, little to no stone and land which can be irrigated.

In farming, cropped paddocks need to be continuously rotated to maintain good levels of nutrients. Fallgate Farm grows cereal crops and runs some sheep in addition to the 250ha of potatoes that are planted every year so Raymond is able to look after his land well with generous rotation.

Potato planting begins in late August through to early November. With over 40 years of experience Raymond has trialled numerous varieties of potatoes and has found that out of the many varieties available there is only about five types that produce the perfect colour and crunch required to become a Heartland potato chip.

 


Farmers Diary

June – July     : Work top soil of paddock

July – Sept      : Soil test for nutrients

Sept                : Plough paddock then ridge it

Sept                : Planting begins

Nov                 : Potato plants begin emerging

Nov – Feb       : Monitor crops for moisture - irrigate if necessary

Dec                 : Monitor crops for pests

Jan                  : Early crop is lifted

Mar/June         : Main crop is lifted

 

Grown – Harvested – Transported a short distance – Cooked – Packaged

Heartland Potato Chips look so good and taste so fresh because they are carefully checked every step of the way - from the selection of the ideal potato variety and the quality of the soil it's planted into, through to the careful harvesting and transporting of Heartland potatoes the short distance to the Timaru factory. They are then cooked to perfection in canola and sunflower oil (not the nasty palm oil variety), and flavoured using gluten free flavourings.

The result of all this attention to detail is an outstanding - and 100% Kiwi - potato chip.

 

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