Farmer hoping temperatures keep warming up
© Frank Gale
Ernie Romain, seen here at his farm in Port au Port East, is hoping for the weather to warm up soon to get crops planted for this season.
With the weather still a bit cold, Ernie Romain of Romain Farm in Port au Port East is hoping for temperatures to rise soon at least to the double digits.
In an interview last Thursday, he said the farm is about a week or two behind from other years, but he believes it will be OK if it warms up a little.
“It was only days ago in the morning that there was nearly a half an inch of ice in water build up on some of the fields and you can’t plant in that,” he said.
Romain said he and his brother Walter, who co-own the business, have the greenhouse work underway and they anticipate having cabbage plants ready for the last week of June. Meanwhile, they’re getting seed potatoes ready and hopefully this week the fields will be dry enough for them to get on with their equipment.
The farm produces cabbage, turnip, carrots, potatoes, beets, zucchini and pumpkins.
For the first-time ever, the Romain Farm operated a U-pick for pumpkins last fall and Romain said it went so well they’re planning on doing it again this year. In theme with the season, the farm will also be selling small bales of hay for Halloween decorating.
The more than a century-old farm was started by Romain’s great, great, great-grandfather Ernest Romain, who came to the area from Bordeaux, France. The farm contains 200 acres of land with 90 acres of that cleared for planting.
In addition to root crops, the farm is also into forage and supplies a number of horse owners, in addition to a dairy farm in Goose Arm.
While most of the planting is carried out with machinery, the farm usually hires three to four seasonal workers for the fall harvest.