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Heartland Potato Chips
Heartland Potato Chips
Fallgate Farm
Timaru
South Canterbury
New Zealand
Phone: 
03 688 7510
Heartland Potato Chips
Locally grown. Locally made. Locally owned.
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You can't get more South Canterbury made than that!

Some days it can be as little as 12 hours for a potato to be dug on the farm in Orari until it is packaged in the factory at Washdyke - how's that for freshness!

Part of the reason for beginning Heartland Potato Chips was to re-ignite a proud heritage in our region for making quality potato chips.

Our factory is state-of-the-art, with the latest machinery to ensure that we maintain maximum quality in our end product.

   Heartland Potato Chips are found throughout NZ at a supermarket near you.



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Fallgate Farms - the home of Heartland Potato Chips is located in the heart of New Zealand's South Island - South Canterbury.

Fallgate Farms was named over 80 years ago when a previous landowner discovered many farm gates on the property hanging off their hinges - hence fall-gate.

Bought by its present owners, Raymond and Adrienne Bowan the farm has been home to their family, of three children for 35 years. Now the next generation is also living on Fallgate with son James, his wife Jess, and their two small children.

Raymond and Adrienne saw the potential in Fallgate Farms from the start. The soil is naturally perfect for growing potatoes - free draining, little to no stone and land which can be irrigated.

In farming, cropped paddocks need to be continuously rotated to maintain good levels of nutrients. Fallgate Farm grows cereal crops and runs some sheep in addition to the 250ha of potatoes that are planted every year so Raymond is able to look after his land well with generous rotation.

Potato planting begins in late August through to early November. With over 40 years of experience Raymond has trialled numerous varieties of potatoes and has found that out of the many varieties available there is only about five types that produce the perfect colour and crunch required to become a Heartland potato chip.
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Images: The Heartland Potato Chips Factory in Washdyke, Timaru
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Please note: just like your typical New Zealander the Bowans are quite shy when it comes to talking about themselves... so the following descriptions are from information gleamed from individuals who know and work with them.

The HEART of Heartland - Raymond Bowan

Raymond is your true kiwi - a hard-working, quiet achiever who has a heart of gold and a generous spirit.

Raymond has farming in his blood - as the second son of a dairy farmer he worked during the school holidays as a teenager carting hay and hand picking potatoes into sugar bags. At 18 years old he started growing his own potatoes and supplying a fish 'n chip shop in Timaru. Now, with over 40 years of farming behind him, and with a passion for a challenge Raymond is finally getting a chance to fulfil a life-held dream - to produce his own potato chips, in his own factory, from his own potatoes. How's that for quality control!
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