Prairie Seed Piece
February 3rd 2017
25 Issue 03
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed
Cave Apples, Pajaro Valley,
California. Fruit-Crate Label Art. Circa 1920.
With a recent string of mornings below zero it’s feeling more like
Winter these days in Northern Maine. Since early November we
been pre-grading our nice, big crop of organic certified Seed
potatoes. Our target is always the end-of-January to complete
this massive annual winter undertaking. After having graded
over one hundred
one-ton pallet-boxes, we’re virtually done - with just three boxes left
to go. Caleb’s sister, Amy – now thirteen – filmed Jim one
he was grading Rose Gold potatoes. Enjoy the You
Tube video we made of the
grading-potatoes-process later on in this issue.
And please please please Do Not Miss
reading the excellent Keynote Address – linked directly below - given
by our good friend, fellow Maine farmer and organic icon, Eliot Coleman.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Wood Prairie Family Farm Home Page.
.Eliot Coleman Delivers Powerful
Keynote Defending Traditional Organic.
One week ago, at the Mid-America
Organic Association (MOA)
Conference, held in Kansas City,
Missouri, Eliot Coleman, the Agrarian Elder and organic farmer-leader
for the past half-century, offered a rousing endorsement of the
substantial and depthful values behind traditional organic
agriculture. As is typical, Eliot’s brilliant speech was both
direct and piercing. Along with accolades for the
authentic, he rightly criticized the growing number of industry and
governmental sell-outs whose greed-motivated behavior threatens the
very foundation and survival of real organic farming.
powerful speech, The
Adventure of Organic Farming
brought the crowd of farmers and organic advocates to their feet with a
sustained, standing ovation. Please, everyone, consider this
address a MUST
. We are now at an important
crossroads. If you and your family value organic, and want to
see it survive for generations to come, educating yourself to the
issues at hand will best be accomplished by reading Eliot’s speech and
sharing copies with your friends, far and wide.
Jim, Megan & Caleb
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Vegetable Seed.
Offer: FREE Organic
Carola Seed Potatoes.
Many of our customers - when asked which would be
their top three potato varieties in terms of taste and eating quality -
would include Carola
the group. When you combine that great taste with high yields
and pretty much trouble-free growing year-in, year-out, you come to
understand why this German golden-fleshed variety is one of our top
selling varieties. With a discernibly moister and creamier
texture than Yukon Gold, if you have not yet grown Carola
you really should give it a try this year.
We’ll make experimenting with
Carola easy for you today. You may earn yourself a FREE
1 lb. sack of our Organic Maine Certified Carola Seed Potatoes
$11.95) when your next order totals $59 or more. FREE
Organic Maine Certified Carola Seed Potatoes
- offer ends
11:59 PM on Monday, February 6, 2017, so better hurry.
Please use Promo Code WPFF404
. Your order
and FREE Organic Maine
Certified Carola Seed Potatoes
must ship by May 7, 2017.
Offer may not be combined with other offers. Please call or click today!
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Seed Potatoes.
Rose Gold Potatoes on Wood Prairie Family Farm in Maine.
County Potato Grading Line.
How we clean, grade and sort
Timeline of New Katahdin
Woods and Waters National Monument.
Back in August, 2016, the
people of the United States were the recipients of a remarkable
donation of 87,000 acres of forestland from Bert’s Bees dynamo Roxanne
Quimby. The donated Northern Maine forest block is located
just east of Maine’s most famous mountain, Katahdin,
and the 200,000-acre
Baxter State Park which surrounds and protects the
Soon, by Presidential decree, the
beautiful parcel became one of America’s newest additions of the
National Park system. It was designated Katahdin
Woods and Waters National Monument.
Now, our friends at the Natural
Resources Council of Maine have created a valuable National
Monument Timeline which provides good
background. The history of the Katahdin region is really
quite fascinating, so do take a look.
Caleb & Jim
Here to our Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes
Woods and Waters National Monument. Plan your visit now.
Flourless Valentine's Day Chocolate Beet Cake.
9 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
3/4 c (1 1/2
6 eggs, separated
3/4 c granulated
1 c pureed
about 5 medium
Preheat oven to
chocolate and butter in a bowl set over barely simmering water. Stir
until chocolate mixture is melted and smooth. Let cool to room
the egg yolks and sugar until light and well-blended. Whisk yolks and
sugar into chocolate mixture, whisking well. Stir in the pureed beets
and spelt flour.
Beat egg whites
with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently fold egg whites
into chocolate mixture until just combined.
Pour batter into
6 - 8 greased cups. Bake 15 minutes. Centers will jiggle slightly when
done. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to garnish.
Day Chocolate Cake.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Nipping Sprouts and
Kennebec Good, Elba Best.
Question: Yukon Gold potatoes we harvested this summer are already
getting long sprouts. should we rub off the sprouts? Would that help
them last longer through the winter? Or would it cause them to generate
yet more sprouts?
Yes, rub off
the sprouts. And keep rubbing the new sprouts off every couple of weeks
until you use them up.
Kennebec Good, Elba
I've been growing Kennebec potatoes for a few years now and love them!
I am, however, having trouble with storing them washed
without them degrading quickly. Their skins are so thin taht they
bruise up easily when run through the root washer. I'm curious if you
have any insights into storing Kennebecs for wholesale sales in the
It's best not to wash a ny potato prior to
storage. Washing sets off enzyme activity which causes potatoes to
decline in quality. In our organic potato business we take this to the
extreme and never wet-wash potatoes feeling to maintain utmost quality
and nutrition. Potatoes should only be washed immediately prior to
cooking. Instead, we clean our potatoes using motorized rubber and
nylon brushers (Haines Manufacturing, Presque Isle, Maine) which
effectively buff clean the potatoes, leaving a thin patina of soil
which protects the tubers until they are rinsed off right before
We grew Kennebecs for many years and
they have some very good qualities. However, we found that the Kennebec
thin-skin problem is likely to occur when they are grown in any soil
which doesn't have pretty high organic matter. After trialing
side-by-side for several years we opted to drop Kennebec and now
instead grow as organic Maine certified seed the Cornell variety Elba (https://www.woodprairie.com/product/391/certified-organic-seed-potatoes).
Elba not only has thicker-skin, but we believe it tastes at least as
good as Kennebec and is also superior in numerous other production
attributes including higher tuber set, better disease resistance,
avoidance of shoulder greening and overall ruggedness.
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Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox