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A FAMILIAR UNDERGROUND WINTERTIME SCENE AT WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Here is a …


A FAMILIAR UNDERGROUND WINTERTIME SCENE AT WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Here is a very typical scene to be seen most any Winter’s day in our windowless, heavily-insulated underground potato storage – known universally in Aroostook County as a Potato House.
A Yale forklift powered by a huge electric battery allows pallet boxes of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes to be stacked high to the top of the 14-foot ceiling.
Color-coded pallets of cartons of seed potatoes headed to market farmers across the USA are in the process of being built variety-by-variety.
Beyond the forklift is a red and yellow potato-cleaning Wide Nylon Brusher – built locally by Freddie Haines and crew at the iconic Aroostook institution, potato machinery fabricator ‘Haines F. Haines Manufacturing Inc’ 25 miles away in Presque Isle.
Behind the Brusher lies 40-year-old stonework giving away the fact that this twenty-three-year-old Potato House is a built-on addition to an underground labyrinth of connected potato storage space in every direction.
We grow 20 varieties of potatoes. To be able to fill orders on a daily basis throughout the Winter and Spring, we have to design in ready and immediate access for every variety.
With planting on the way we’re now grading out our own seed in addition to keeping the crew supplied with Seed Potatoes for bagging and shipping. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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