Won't Let Go of Northern Maine.
Old-time Mainers had a saying “Late Easter Late Spring”
and that seems to be holding true this year. This
week we woke up one morning with a new 8” snowfall.
That morning Megan trudged through the snow to the barn
with two buckets of ground up cull potatoes for our
Irish Dexter cattle and American Guinea Hogs. Both of
these breeds relish and fully digest uncooked
potatoes. Meanwhile, our Great Pyrenees livestock
guard dog, ‘Halle,’ digs into the snow following a
scent. You can learn the scientific answer of how Spring
in your area is proceeding by checking out the National
and inserting your
Despite this April being on the cool side, our snowpack
built from the Winter storm's totaling ten-feet of
, had only been a few days behind schedule
up until this recent snow event.
Inside our Packing Shed we continue to work overtime
trying to keep up with the unprecedented huge flood
of seed orders
experienced by American seed
companies thanks to food security concerns of citizens
heightened by the Covid-19 crisis.
While we are steadily catching up on orders we still
have a turnaround of about a week. We are doing
the best we can and we appreciate your patience and
We have taken inventory of our
supplies and are happy to report improved amounts now
available for sale, including some varieties
available to market growers in full 45-pound carton
Website listings are current,
and if you have the space to grow more potatoes we have
the seed for you.
We are grateful for your support and wish you the best
during these trying times.
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Be well and stay safe!
Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
Wood Prairie Family Farm
Our Best Selling
Wood Prairie Family
our Late April Snowstorm.
photo, looking west over fields of Wood Prairie Family
Farm, was taken not long after the storm’s last
snowflakes arrived sideways in a stiff westerly
wind. All of a sudden the snow stopped falling,
the front’s clouds passed eastward and brilliant
blue sky suddenly appeared
. These home farm
fields grew organic Seed Potatoes last year and were
planted to an organic Winter Rye grain crop immediately
after harvest. The Rye was already beginning to
re-grow in patches bare of snow before this latest
snowfall. We’ll harvest the Rye crop in August.
These fields will be planted back to potatoes in 2023
and will be in soil-building sod cover crop until then.
Snow in Another April Snow Storm.
on April 10th another April storm dropped a foot of snow
on Northern Maine. Normally we’re patient with
April snows and typically will opt to let the sun melt
it, particularly when the ground underneath has thawed
out and is no longer frozen. This time
around, however, we already had one tractor-trailer
drive in at day-break and he quickly got himself stuck
in the deep snow. Caleb plowed a donut around his
semi and then freed the truck up by pulling him
backwards with a logging chain
until his tires
were onto snow-plowed ground. Since the Town plow
truck had not yet come along, Caleb ended up plowing the
entire half-mile section of Kinney Road all the way up
to Bootfoot Road so the trucker could get back on his
Pallet of Potatoes in a March Snow Storm.
Life goes on in Northern Maine throughout the
Winter. Snow or no snow, trucks come and go and
need to be loaded. This shot is of Caleb loading a
pallet of 2500# of our organic Maine Certified Seed
Potatoes onto an awaiting truck. We have customers
in all 50 States and ten months a year we ship seed
potatoes in amounts ranging from one pound to 10,000
pounds. Potatoes are a heavy crop and having
forklifts around help to save backs.
Caleb Working Late in Wood Prairie Packing Shed.
Working late one evening after the day crew had
gone home, Caleb (right) and his sister, Amy, work to
“box up” orders that have been assembled (“tubbed
up”). This time of year each week we ship out
over a thousand orders
to both home gardeners and
market farmers all across the USA. The big surge
of seed orders - thanks to the Covid-19 crisis - have
keep all of the Wood Prairie crew hopping. It was
twenty-nine years ago, back in 1991 that we built this
on-farm packing shed.
Orders on Wood Prairie Family Farm.
works boxing up seed orders beside the Packing Shed’s
one window. Our longtime Postal rural carrier,
Larry, delivers our mail around noon, and then will load
up as many of our out-bound packages as will fit into
his car. At 3pm we take the day's balance of
parcels and haul them into the Bridgewater Post Office
located four miles away. For 30 years we've
been the little Bridgewater Post Office's biggest
Toby from Fedex Ground and Josh
from UPS back up their trucks to this same loading dock
door anywhere between 3:30 pm and 5 pm to haul away the
day’s parcels. This work of "Critical Workers" is
repeated five days a week. On the weekends we
Soaking Up the Rays on a Sunny Morning.
Once April rolls around the packing crew will
validate the occasional sunny, mild day by opening up
the Packing Shed’s south-facing garage door and let in
the outside light and warmth. Cooper the cat also
knows a good thing when he sees it. By April,
everyone in Maine ready for Spring.
Caleb & Jim &
Wood Prairie Family
49 Kinney Road
(207) 429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox