Tucker Farms, Inc.

TUCKER FARMS, Inc. is a family-owned and operated potato farm on the north slope of the Adirondack Mountains twenty miles north of Lake Placid. This relative isolation and high elevation is ideal for growing vigorous, top-quality, disease-free seed potatoes. In season, we also offer hand-picked, farm-fresh vegetables to those who want the highest quality produce possible, a wide variety of squash, pumpkins and gourds for those who know their cucurbits and TuckerTaters™ tablestock potatoes for those who know their potatoes. The general public is invited to our farm to explore the Great Adirondack Corn Maze™ and to learn more about us on a farm tour.

In 2002, Tucker Farms was honored to be recognized as a "Century Farm" by the NYS Agricultural Society for more than 100 years of continuous family farming in Franklin County, Town of Brighton. Actually, our father's great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Hobart started the farm at the present location during the 1870s, before the hamlet of Gabriels was called Gabriels, before it was even called Paul Smith's Station (the railroad did not come until 1892). Back then, it was simply called Brighton. While we do not know exactly, B.F. Hobart's father, William Hobart would seem to have started farming in Brighton during the late 1850s when it was still part of the Town of Duane. It would seem that William and his son, B.F. 'Frank' Hobart, perhaps separately, were farming and raising potatoes in Brighton when the Civil War broke out.

We do know positively that B.F. 'Frank' Hobart and Oren Otis bought land where Tucker Farms is presently located in November of 1875 and where Benjamin Franklin 'Frank' Hobart subsequently built a log cabin. Some year's later, in 1888, B.F. 'Frank' Hobart's son, Henry, built a 'proper' frame house across the road from the log cabin where he raised two children: Franklin Benjamin and Flora.

The farm really got going under Franklin B. Hobart, our father's uncle, during the nineteen teens. He took to growing potatoes as a serious business while a young man because his father, Henry, seemed to have more interest in guiding and drinking than the farm work which he had been neglecting. By 1915, Frank Hobart was growing high quality NYS certified potatoes, one of the first in Franklin County to do so. At this time, only E.C.G. Gagnier and E.C. Gleason were his equals. All were growing Green Mountain potatoes—the Franklin County specialty. By 1920, Frank Hobart had established his reputation.

This was back before nuclear seed was available from any source and when seed growers were responsible for developing their own seed through diligent seed tuber selection at planting time and rigorous rogueing of their fields to remove all diseased plants during the growing season.

Starting around 1913 or so, state inspectors came around to inspect seed growers' potato fields and either passed or failed their crops as 'certified' seed or not. In 1919-21, Frank Hobart built a 'modern' underground potato storage building which allowed him to become one of the largest potato growers in Franklin County, at some 30 acres, specializing in growing the highest quality Green Mountain seed potatoes. Before that time, he stored his potatoes in the cellar of his house which is what most potato growers did at that time.

At the New York State Potato Show between 1930 and 1934 he was four times awarded Grand Champion of Show for his Green Mountain potatoes. Altogether, Frank Hobart won Grand Champion of Show for his Green Mountain potatoes six times. Frank Hobart died in 1966, and having no closer heirs, his farm came to his nephews, sons of his sister Flora who had married Joseph James Tucker, Donald and Mark Tucker, who continued the farm and the seed potato business.

Currently, Steve and Tom Tucker attempt to duplicate the high quality of their predecessors. They were awarded the Empire State Potato Growers/NYS Agriculture & Markets' Eastern Region Grand Champion prize for potato packaging three times between 2004 and 2007 when Empire State Potato Growers (ESPG) discontinued the contest.


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