February 04, 2015
Volume 21 Issue 3
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Three Storms in one
week behind us. The snow and cold of recent weeks is a
far cry from digging potatoes in Northern Maine. However, when you live
in Maine’s Potato Empire of Aroostook County potatoes and potato
harvest are never far from thought. The above picture is from the
harvest of 1916 in the farm town of Perham 35 miles north west as the
crow flies from Wood Prairie Farm. It’s obvious from the photograph
that it was a strong harvest. Note that the potato tops have been
completely removed to better show off the nice crop of bright potatoes.
Also notice the gentleman on the right in the stiff-collared shirt who
is a fertilizer salesman. Reminding us that there is always someone
wanting to sell a farmer something.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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| OSGATA President
Pulls No Punches in New Food Sleuth Interview About Organic Farming.
The best interviews happen when the
interviewer has done her homework and the interviewee is unguarded and
speaks the truth on important matters. You decide whether
Food Sleuth's talented Melinda Hemmelgarn and Wood Prairie Farm's Jim
Gerritsen met the mark in this
nationally-syndicated PRX interview (28:00).
Topics include why Organic Farming is
superior, why genetically engineered crops are a danger and discussion
of the OSGATA et al v.
Monsanto lawsuit. "'The first thing you have to
understand about genetic engineering is that it was not an invention
designed to improve production or agriculture. It was an invention to
take away from the Commons the ownership of seed. That's the express
purpose of genetic engineering.'"
Jim & Megan
For Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Certified Seed Potatoes.
| Special Offer: FREE Organic French
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the wind blowing?
| Real Time Wind Map
of the USA.
We recently came across this
interesting wind map on the Internet. It shows in graphic detail the
intensity and direction of the wind across the United States all in
near real time. Click here to get a look.
Click Here for our Organic Cover Crop Seed.
| Notable Quotes:
Gandhi on Struggle.
Potato Chips and French Onion Dip.
by Angela Wotton
Potato Chips and French Onion Dip.
2 T olive oil
yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise (about 3 cups)
chopped fresh rosemary
2 T white
package cream cheese, cut into 4 pieces and softened
3/4 c sour
cream or yogurt
and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions
and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to
brown, about 15 minutes.
Add the vinegar and cook, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of
the pan, until the vinegar has evaporated, 1 minute. Let the onions
cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a food processor. Add the
cream cheese, sour cream or yogurt, mayonnaise, and cayenne and pulse
until mostly smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let the dip
stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving so the
flavors can develop. If necessary, thin with a little water. The dip
can be made up to one week ahead, covered and refrigerated.
Butte potatoes, well scrubbed
6 c peanut
or canola oil
Fine sea salt
Fill a large bowl with ice water. Slice the potatoes crosswise 1/16
inch thick, preferably using a mandoline; transfer the slices to the
ice water as you work. Let soak for at least 30 minutes and up to 2
Drain the potatoes and discard the ice. Refill the bowl with cold
water, add the potatoes, and stir to release more starch. Drain and
spin the potatoes dry in batches in a salad spinner or blot dry on
Place the potatoes on lengths of paper or cloth towel without
overlapping them. Roll the slices up in the towel (to further dry them)
and keep them rolled up until ready to fry; they can hold for up to 2
Clip a deep-fry thermometer to the side of a heavy-duty 4-quart
saucepan. Add 2-1/2 inches of oil and heat over medium heat to 350 to
360°F. Line a large mixing bowl with a length of paper towel long
enough to drape over the sides. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with
Carefully add about 20 slices of the potatoes to the oil. Fry, stirring
gently and occasionally with a skimmer, until light golden brown to
deep brown in places, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
Remove the potatoes from the oil and transfer the chips to the prepared
bowl, and sprinkle with about 1/2 tsp. salt. Grab the ends of the paper
towel and shimmy it back and forth to gently toss the chips with the
seasoning and absorb excess oil. Transfer the chips to the prepared
baking sheet to cool. Repeat in batches.
Allow the chips to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes
before eating; they’ll crisp more as they cool.
Definitely Superior and Sitting Ducks.
Hi Jim! I enjoy your FB pages very much. Keep up the good
I have a question for you. I have
stopped eating potatoes because it seems to increase arthritis pain
from inflammation in my joints. I recently wondered if the problem is
related to the chemicals used in commercial potato farming, rather than
the potatoes themselves.
If you think that I might be able to
eat organic potatoes without the increased inflammation, could you
suggest varieties that might be less inflammatory? Thank you in advance
for your help.
I appreciate your expression of
Certainly one's intuition would tell us
that applying heavy doses of poisons to our food is likely a big
factor. Of course, chemical potatoes are sprayed in the field - and
increasingly with systemic insecticides and fungicides which
translocate the poison throughout the entire plant including the edible
tuber. However, potato tubers are also
normally sprayed (and/or gassed) - DIRECTLY on the skin, post-harvest,
with both fungicide and diluted herbicide known as 'sprout nip'. So
yes, I think organic potatoes make sense and are worth a try. Our
experience is some organic potatoes are often superior to others which
might be more commonly available in chain supermarkets. Here's
where to find ours. Jim.
exposure to DDT may contribute to obesity, study says. I grew
up in suburbia in Connecticut. The neighbors would all chip in and hire
a spray plane to spray the entire neighborhood each year to kill
mosquitoes. Our parents were so clueless as we would be outside playing
as the planes covered us with DDT. You'd see the birds falling off the
power lines dead...I'm not sure we don't still produce DDT in America
to sell to Third-world countries.
Upon introduction, farm chemicals were
mis-portrayed by industry as being entirely good with no downside.
Years ago, one local old-timer potato farmer told me that back in the
early 1950s farmers were never told that there was any danger with the
chemicals. To illustrate the point, he related he actually used his arm
as a stirring stick to mix buckets of chemicals. Salt of the earth
farmers were trusting individuals and easily deceived.
Almost 40 years ago I worked one Spring
for a local bag company delivering printed paper potato bags to local
farmers putting up loads of potatoes. The company also sold farm
chemicals. Many times I witnessed local farmers come in and get
counseled by my youthful boss about what chemical to use. The big joke
was my boss had NO idea what he was talking about. In
acting-class-fashion he soberly parroted lines he stole from the
salesmen. After the farmer left, the crew would double-over in laughter
in acknowledgment of a spell-binding masquerade performance. The
farmers were sitting ducks.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm