Smallman Farms recognized as Potato Producer of the Year
Fourth generation potato growers Christopher and Derek Smallman, are the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Potato Producers of the Year. The brothers have taken over the potato operation of their father, Avard Smallman, but the farm’s history can be traced back to Avard’s grandfather, Dan Smallman, who started with a 100-acre mixed farm in the 1920s, later growing 30 to 40 acres of potatoes. Dan’s son, Foster, took over the farm in 1946 and was growing 100 acres a year before retiring. His son, Avard joined the operation in 1969 and continued the expansion. Derek started farming with his father in 1990 and Christopher joined in 1996 and, by 2002, they had shifted their potato operation to exclusively growing processing potatoes.