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MOVING GRADED ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES TO BAGGING OPERATION ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. In this photo, Ca


MOVING GRADED ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES TO BAGGING OPERATION ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. In this photo, Caleb’s brother Peter is using a Clark forklift to move a pallet of sorted Organic Yukon Gold Certified Seed Potatoes away from the new inside Packing Room access point fed from our underground Potato storage. Tote bags of ‘Fort Vee’ compost-based Organic Potting Soil are in their perch on ‘new’ pallet racks.

The Yukons were graded down cellar into easy to handle fifty-pound units and palletized. They are being taken over to our new bagging area.

We’re fans of color-coding and Green 3”x5” cards are reserved for graded Certified Seed Potatoes ready for bagging up by the crew. We use a modified two-to-five letter abbreviation for each Organic Seed Potato variety which closely follows a system devised decades ago by the ‘Maine Seed Potato Board.’

Some abbreviations are obvious, like YG (‘Yukon Gold’), PB (‘Prairie Blush’) and DRN (‘Dark Red Norland’). Others take a little more thought, like PVIK (‘Purple Viking’) and SMIRA (‘Sarpo Mira’).

And yet other varieties contain curveballs and require secret-handshake-insider knowledge to decipher, such as CC (‘Carola’). The logical ‘CA’ had previously been snapped up decades ago by ‘Castile.’ And ‘BP’ is the abbreviation for ‘All-Blue’ because similarly, ‘AB’ to this day belongs to old-timer ‘Abenaki’.

Caleb, Megan & Jim



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