Golden potato chips

IF you pick up a packet of Smith's Chips anywhere in Queensland you are likely to see local potato farmer, Glenn Zischke, on the back.

This is because the tasty Lockyer spuds which he has been perfecting for the past 56 years have helped put Gatton on the map.

Mr Zischke and his wife Barbara supply potatoes from their farm to the Smith's site that are transformed into crunchy, golden potato chips.

He works hard spraying his potato plants all day, every day, but said he never tires from his work.

“I've been supplying potatoes to Smith's Chips in Tingalpa for more than 18 years altogether,” he said.

The heavy rainfall has also been a blessing for his 60 hectares of potato crops.

“I have been growing potatoes since I was 13 and I learnt it from my dad, who grew other crops as well."

For those that don't know, the potato-growing process involves no routine but planting, fertilising, hilling around the bush, irrigation and adding more fertiliser.

“Every day is strenuous but it is not heavy, back-breaking work because with the machinery these days, it makes it a lot lighter,” he said.

A bulk trailer of 26 tonnes is sent to the potato chip factory from the Zischke Farm, and it can take a lot less time than some may think.

“They say it takes 48 hours but it can be a lot quicker, as they always have potatoes on hand.”

Every Smith's packet in each state is different and showcases different farmers from different areas.

“It is good to show people in the city there is a farmer out there behind it and people are out there doing it.”

He said he is constantly looking for new ideas and “wouldn't do anything else.”


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