chopping down Buckwheat plowdown crop, seven weeks after planting.
This step is followed by plowing under the residue, and then
replanting another plowdown crop of Rapeseed, a member of the Brassica
those of you who have already placed orders - Thank you!
Orders that you continue to place now and which
can ship either sooner or later as you desire,
will significantly help us with this year's cash flow and
expenses. 2010 has been a much improved - hot and now dry -
growing year compared to the last two seasons which were plagued with
serious weather related challenges. Thanks for your help.
We expect to start digging our seed plots next
the main crop after that. As soon as this newsletter goes
Jim and our son Caleb will use the long weekend and work around the
effects of Hurricane Earl. We are 100 miles inland from the
Downeast coast and expect to get rain but not too much wind.
We will chop and plowdown our fields of Buckwheat
plant a Fall biofumigant crop of hardy Rapeseed which will cleanse the
soil (CLICK HERE for an article on
before next year's seed potato crop. Up here in northern
Maine we are nearly ready for Digging. Our Harvest
is in the mail and should be in your mailbox soon.
We hope you have had a good year and that
bountiful harvests lay ahead for you. Jim & Megan
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2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 oz. Cream Cheese (1/4 of an 8 oz. package)
1/4 cup of softened Butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup of Whipping Cream or Half & Half
6 slices of Medium Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 strips of thick Bacon or Pancetta, sliced thin, fried and drained
6 Tbsp Sour Cream
Quarter, salt and boil the potatoes until soft enough to mash, about 25
Mix in Cream Cheese, Butter and Whipping Cream with potatoes
Consistency should be a stiff.
Start broiler in your oven.
Using an ice cream scoop dollop potato into ceramic, oven proof dishes
(makes about 6-8
Top with a slice of Cheddar Cheese and put into broiler.
Carefully watch to see when the cheese melts, bubbles and begins to
Remove from oven and slightly cool.
Top with Sour cream, bacon bits and chives and serve!!
is a recipe every bit as good as it looks. Megan
More recipes on Wood Prairie's
Facebook, including Butternut Squash Chocolate Chip Cookies
and recipe for Potato Sundaes by Wood Prairie friend Jenny de la Cruz:
love Potato Sundaes made with Wood Prairie Farm's
beautiful blue Caribe potatoes (Cream-cheese & butter mashed
topped with Tillamook Cheddar cheese and oven broiled. "Sundae"
toppings: sour cream, pan fried pancetta/bacon and fresh chives from my
2 years ago I "won" 4 lb of your seed potatoes which you donated to the
Organic Farming Association] Vermont
silent auction. They were wonderful and they were wonderful again last
year. In spite of the blight, my potatoes were spared. And I'm growing
some of them again this year
from last year's seed.
I just wanted to thank you for your donation to NOFA Vermont and to
introducing me to 4 delicious varieties of potatoes. - Rose Gold,
Onaway, All Blue, Reddale.
Randolph Center VT
our seed has done well for you. Its always nice to know our
spuds have found a good
The Future of Food
I don't like Monsanto, I appreciate what you guys do.
There's a good movie called The
Future of Food that brings all this to light and exposes Monsanto.
Maybe you could recommend it to your readers.
A. We haven't seen it yet but we've heard good things about "The Future of
Food." We also want to watch "Food, Inc,"
which has been highly recommended as well. Thanks,
to Cure and Store your potatoes
How long should I leave my potatoes sitting in the sun to dry?
Fort Washington PA
you harvest your potatoes what’s the best way to get them
ready for storage?
I grow them in raised beds and dig them by hand – with my
that is. Then I give them a gentle spray to clean the dirt
off. I feel that the gentle spray is less likely to damage
skins than brushing the gritty dirt off by hand. Then I put
on wire racks out of the sun for a couple of days to dry completely
before putting them away. Our soil has some clay in it, and
don’t wash before storage, there is a lot of scrubbing to be
in the winter. I just wondered if the common wisdom about not washing
potatoes before storage was true, or just an old wives tale?
we do on Wood Prairie Farm is kill the vines 2-3 weeks ahead of
harvesting the potatoes. This allows the skins time to thicken
up. Avoiding washing potatoes before storage is no old wives'
tale. They'll keep better without washing. If at all possible
not harvest on a wet day. And you don’t want to put
potatoes into storage. Dirt in the presence of moisture can
over the skin and prevent the tuber from breathing and that can cause
problems. After harvest, store tubers at 55 to 60 degrees for 10 days
to allow the potatoes to heal any wounds that might have occurred in
harvest. During this time we are running a heavy duty
in the potato cellar. The potatoes will heal better if they
high humidity. After this suberizing step, cool the
potatoes down to 38 to 40 degrees as quickly as possible for the
longest storage life
Our practice is always to keep the
potatoes DARK so
they don’t turn green & bitter. Keep to a minimum the
tubers are exposed to light after digging. I would say if you
have to leave tubers out in the sun more than an hour to dry then it's
too wet to dig. Best to wait for drier soil
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Food Sales Rise 5% in 2009
While a weak ecomony last year saw conventional
beverage sales rise a meager 1.6 %, sales of organic food and beverages
rose 5.1% according to a survey by the Organic Trade Assn.
Leading the charge were organic fruits and vegetables (38% of
organic sales) with sales up 11.4%. Overall, 11% of all fruit
vegetable sales are organic, up from just 3% in 2000.
Despite the hard times, 48% of organic purchasers
US said they were buying as much or more organic food than before the
Gates Foundation Supports
years there has been concern that the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation has been inappropriately foisting GMO crops upon
African nations. Now the plot thickens. As we say
Maine: birds of a feather flock together. It's now been
that the Gates Foundation has purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto
stock at a cost of $23.1 million dollars. Click
here for the full story.
A related article on Huffingon Post follows with
excellent comments that you'll want to read. Click here for article and comments.
Want to gain background about why organic farmers
can't stand biotech giant Monsanto? Click here for the expose on Monsanto
published in Vanity Fair.
here for more discussion on the Wood Prairie Blog
& Megan Gerritsen
49 Kinney Road
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
(800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm