THE MAINE SEASONAL SHIFT: BRIGHT BUT COLD POTATO HARVEST. The last couple of days have been windy, following an inch of rain midweek The winds have brought in much cooler temps in the 40s and low 50s, down from the high 70s last weekend.
In this shot taken Friday morning – breezy and in the low 40s – everyone except Justin (orange T-shirt) is bundled up for the cold. Justin grew up outdoors in Milo, Maine, a small town located between Howland and Moosehead Lake. He is a jack-of-all-trades and besides being a builder and heavy equipment mechanic he is a long-time Maine Registered Guide. To his left is Caleb’s sister, Amy, who comes up from college to help us on weekends. To his right is Kenyon, who grew up without electricity inside the 200,000-acre-wilderness Baxter State Park, where his parents were both Park Rangers.
Three out of four years in our Crop Rotation, our rows run East/West. On this section of the field we’re digging from East to West. So first thing in the morning when the sun is low, it is blinding looking backwards from the tractor which pulls the Potato Harvester. Part of that job is monitoring the flow of soil and potatoes going up the primary bed.
To the right is a harvested section of Potato field already planted down to ‘Aroostook’ Winter Rye and Clover/Timothy the evening before this week’s rain. https://www.woodprairie.com/product/rye-seed-organic-aroostook/
As the morning wore on the winds picked up but so did the temps and it became a perfect day to dig. Caleb, Jim & Megan