Parkinson Seed Farm is located east of Saint Anthony, Idaho, within view of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming and along the rim of the Teton River canyon, just upriver from the remains of the Teton Dam. We farm approximately 7,200 acres on the home farm with recent expansions into Downey and Salmon for early generation propagation of potatoes. Our location in Downey allows us the isolation required to raise early generation potatoes disease free while also affording the ability to ship from near a major thoroughfare. The Salmon location offers complete isolation to ensure the earliest generation of field potatoes keep to a high standard.
Currently Parkinson Seed Farm raises seed potatoes, hard red and hard white wheat, as well as a small amount of alfalfa (mostly to feed horses for recreational purposes). We raise eleven of what we consider to be more mainstream varieties such as the Russet Burbank, Ranger, three different line selections of Russet Norkotah, white varieties such as Cal Whites and Atlantics, and reds like the Dark Red Norland. Also grown are many different colored varieties with a yellow skin and yellow flesh combination to varieties with red skin and red flesh and many combinations in between.
We have a rapidly growing organic potato program as well that is serving a good market with ‘double certified’ certified seed and certified organic potatoes. We currently grow garden and produce stand favorites such as German Butterball and Banana as well as more mainstream varieties like Russet Burbanks and Dark Red Norlands.
We source most of our irrigation water out of the Teton River, pumping it up the canyon, and then distribute it to our fields via underground mainline. We have a few deep water wells to help supply some of the further fields that happen to be a bit too far from the river to supply adequately as well as numerous booster pumps scattered throughout the mainline system to keep water flowing to where it’s needed.
Overall, our location is ideal for a generational increase farm for seed potatoes. The cold winter temperatures make it great for growing seed potatoes by limiting volunteers from previous years and the mild summers make for a great growing season by ensuring that the plants themselves get plenty of heat for growing without getting so much that it stunts plant growth. Having a centralized operations location ensures great efficiency at harvest by not having to move equipment all season long as well as making for a very streamlined experience in the spring when it comes time to start moving our flagship product out the doors.