Friday, April 9, 2010

Tater Tot Lunch

Tater Tot Hotdish
AdFarm shareholders wrap up 2009 crop: Plan for 2010

AdFarm ND Farm shareholders and prospective shareholders from our US offices participated in a “Go To Meetings” conference call to learn the fate of their 2009 learning investment.
Lunch was served.
 On the menu is a GriggsDakota kitchen favorite. It is a simple meal served often on farms across the midwest:  Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish with either water or milk to drink. 
AdFarm Farm Boss, Les Kahl, who spoke from the St. Louis office, started the call by explaining the unique menu served at this meeting.  “As AdFarm ND Farm shareholders,  we’re like a family.   When we win, we all win.   When we lose, we all lose.   Our pinto bean crop lost money in 2009.   Rather than our traditional fast food sandwiches, chips and drinks, we had volunteers from each officer prepare tater tot hot dish." Kahl noted that because the labor for preparation was donated, the cost of the Tater Tot Hot Dish meal was about one-third the cost of a catered fast food meal.   He said, “Just like any business, when times are tough, we have to manage our costs.“  
Some participants, benefitting from their off farm income, provided their own drinks. 
Shareholder reaction was overwhelmingly postive.  Loyal AdFarm ND Farm shareholder, Jeff Reed said,  “What a great idea. And the truth is, I think nearly all of us would rather eat Tater Tot Hot Dish every year at this meeting.”
Volunteer Tater tot hot dish chefs were:
  Erin Jarmolimek, Susan Hogen, Joni Butterfield, Jason Laqua, and Hillary Winn.
Kahl turned the 2009  and 2010 crop presentations over to participating farmer, Fred Lukens, presenting in the Fargo office.  Lukens began his presentation thanking the shareholders for record participation in 2009.   129 shareholders purchased 567 shares of  the 2009 AdFarm ND Farm educational project. Lukens explained the sequence of weather events and decision making leading to the late harvest of the 2009 pinto bean crop. 
Kahl thanked ND Farm Coordinator Erin Jarolimik for leading the way to 57% total employee participation.
 Each share experienced a $4.62 loss in 2009.  Jarolimek reminded the shareholders that each share returned more than $15 in profit in 2008 saying, “Farming is long term.  Like anything else,  We average the good with the bad.  Our farm profit history is more good than bad.  So we’ll keep moving forward.”
And just in case you need a recipe for never fail comfort food, here is the recipe served at the meetings:

Printed from COOKS.COM

□   1 (16 oz.) bag tater tots
□   1 can green beans and/or corn
□   1 can mushroom soup
□   1/2 to 3/4 c. onion, grated
□   1 lb. hamburger
□   1 c. your favorite cheese
Fry hamburger and onion together, drain.
Mix them with vegetables above and soup 
in a 9x13 inch ungreased pan.
Sprinkle grated cheese over this.
Top with tater tots.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour.

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