Prairie Seed Piece
January 13th 2016
24 Issue 03
Donate to Our BarnRaiser
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed Piece:
Crowdfunding Campaign Ends Next Week. He Needs YOUR Help NOW!
Outside today, the wind is howling and blowing around the 8” of light,
fluffy snow that fell last night and this morning. Schools
closed early to allow the kids to get home before winds really picked
Firewood is stacked high
adjacent to the wood stove which warms our entire house.
we’re snug and warm taking orders and answering questions over the
phone and downloading orders. Organic seed potatoes are being
sorted and pre-graded daily. Vegetable and cover crop seed is
being cleaned and packaged ahead.
of our seed potatoes bound for early Spring plantings on farms and in
gardens in Georgia, Florida, Texas and Southern California are boxed up
and await pickup by the Fedex Ground truck.
We mentioned in the last
Wood Prairie Seed Piece, that Caleb’s
is designed to help with the generational transition of Wood Prairie
Family Farm over to him and his brother and sisters. His
has been scheduled to be completed
in record time, due to the looming all-consuming seed
shipping season rush just ahead. Please help him reach is
There are some wonderful Rewards
offered to those who contribute to the
Campaign. So far, the Reward most often selected has been a
delicious package of MOFGA
Certified Organic Bacon
- from our friends at Tide Mill Organic Farm – which is set to be
delivered to mailboxes everywhere. Our supply is good so
contribute and secure your Bacon today!
Caleb’s $15,000 Campaign goal
- with a looming deadline
of next Friday night (January 22) - is achievable but Caleb
needs your immediate help to get there.
Please contribute and help assure the successful transition of Wood
Prairie Family Farm down to the next generation. Thanks so
for all your help!
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
Click here for the
Wood Prairie Family Farm Home Page.
Intensive Culture of Vegetables. FREE
download of 1913 classic.
|FREE Book: Intensive Culture of Vegetables.
Here is a classic book from 1913 which you will
enjoy and want to add to your farm library, Intensive
Culture of Vegetables on the French System by Aquatias.
The book’s copyright has expired and it has been
posted on the University of California website. Intensive
Culture of Vegetables is available for downloads (in a
variety of electronic formats) and reading or printing out.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Organic Vegetable Seed.
Offer: FREE Vermont Compost Organic Soil Mix.
Soon it will be time for gardeners to start indoor
seeding of important garden vegetables like Onions
that have a long season. Customarily, in Maine onions are
in February, with tomatoes and peppers following 4-8 weeks later.
Get this year’s transplants off to an excellent start by using the same
mix we use on our organic seeds on Wood Prairie Family Farm. There is nothing better
for this job than our friend Karl Hammer’s Vermont
Compost Fort Vee Organic Soil Mix.
We’ll help you with this year’s seed
sowing. Get a FREE
6-Quart Sack of Vermont Compost Fort Vee Organic Soil Mix
(Value $12.95) when the amount of goods in your next order totals $55
or more. FREE 6-Quart
Sack of Vermont Compost Fort Vee Organic Soil Mix offer
ends Midnight Monday, January 18.
Please use Promo Code WPF 479.
Your order and the FREE 6
Quart Sack of Vermont Compost Fort Vee Organic Soil Mix
must ship by 5/6/16. This offer may not be combined with other offers.
Please call or click today!
Call Wood Prairie Family Farm (207) 429-9765.
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Cover Crop Seed Section.
Compost. The gold standard in organic soil mixes.
Dowden One-Row Digger.
More modern potato harvesters start with the same basic
| NEW Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar Next Week.
Folks are telling us they have been
series of Wood Prairie Potato School Webinars we are running this
Potato Webinars are free, open to the public and allow you
to join in potato chatter from the comfort of your own home via the
internet. Also, our Webinar’s Live Chat
function allows you to ask questions of Jim in real time.
Our next Webinar, Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar #3: ‘Why
All This Hullabaloo About Efficiency at Harvest?’
will be Thursday,
January 21 at 1pm ET/ 10 am PT. Please use the
button at right to Register.
Here are a few of the Comments from our Wood
Prairie Potato School Webinar
#2 ‘So THAT'S How they Multiply Potatoes,’ held last week:
Good Job…Good Information…
Excellent. What a great source
of quality information.
If you would like to watch it again or
for the first time, you may click on this link to watch the You
Tube video (1:15:40) of last week’s Webinar #2.
Our series of Potato Webinars continues
through the Winter. If there is a particular subject you would like to see
covered please email your ideas to us at:
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Family Farm Organic Maine Certified Seed
|Notable Quote: Willie Nelson on Food.
|Recipe: Mini Potato
Unsalted butter for muffin cups
4 medium Carola
potatoes, about 6oz each
Coarse salt and ground pepper
6 T heavy cream
oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. Thinly
slice potatoes. Place 2 slices in each cup and season with salt and
pepper. Continue adding potatoes, trimming as necessary to fit into
muffin cups and season every few slices, until cups are filled. Pour 1
T heavy cream over each. Bake until potatoes are golden brown and
tender when pierced with a knife, 30 to 35 minutes. Run a thin knife or
spatula gently around each gratin. Place a baking sheet or large plate
over pan and invert to release gratins. Flip right side up and serve.
here for our Wood Prairie Organic Seed Potatoes
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Mailbox: Potato Texture Chart & Potato Scab Remedy.
I live in Southern CA (Claremont / near the
Please recommend a couple of waxy
potato types that would grow well here.
Please recommend a couple of good
baking potato types that would grow well here.
Megan created our Potato Texture Chart
and that will help explain the why and the how.
Waxy Potatoes for Southern California
Good Baking potatoes for Southern
Potato Scab Remedy.
I get scab on my potatoes. Seems as though it is
certain varieties. Also seems worse the longer they are left in the
ground. I have been adding organic matter every few years. Our soil is
great Iowa topsoil that was plowed few times.
Also I have been getting Hollow Heart in my Butte Russets and
few other larger potatoes. Too much water?? Anxious to hear your answer.
to hear from you. Hope you are well.
Scab is worse in dry years or with alternating dry and wet soil
conditions. The three important soil factors which can lead to problems
with scab are:
- Shortfall of available Phosphorus.
- Shortfall of soil fungii.
Low level of mychorizea fungus. Arden Andersen has said that
Applications in Oregon has the best product and
what we like and have been using for the last ten years.
Hollow Heart is generally a function of excessive growth, usually
occasioned by too much water (rain or irrigation) during tuber bulking.
It is more prevalent in some varieties (for example, Reddale, Yukon
Gold) than otehrs (like Onaway) but most any variety can suffer from it
in a very wet year. Here in the Northeast - where water soluable Boron
levels tend to run only borderline in our moist climate - insuring the
presence of sufficient Boron in the soil can be a big help in limiting
Hollow Heart. Another trick is to decrease the in-row spacing in order
to crowd tubers and slow down growth.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm