Prairie Seed Piece
February 9th 2018
26 Issue 3
Issue of The Wood
Summer in Winter.
Amy Gerritsen Driving
Tractor While Roguing Potatoes Last Summer.
The snow banks are getting taller even
as our days are getting longer. This morning Ken reported
that as he drove into work just before 8 o’clock the temperature on his
car thermometer read -16oF when in Bridgewater village he turned off US
Route 1 and onto Bootfoot Road, down near the bridge which crosses
Whitney Brook, elevation 400’. Four miles later Ken drove
onto our balmy driveway at 620’ elevation and the temperature was -3ºF,
proving once again that cold settles down into the
Yet on the other hand, in the Fall we’ve
seen it raining in Bridgewater village and snowing on our
farm. And come Spring, we’re the last farm in town to lose
our snow and that means we are usually a week later than the other
farms in having ground dry enough to get going farming.
Pre-grading of our potato crop is now
done and the pace is picking up in shipping out orders.
Florida is done and now the southern tier states west to Texas are
calling for their seed potatoes. Spring marches northward.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
|Lumnah Acres Video Series -
Earlier this winter we took a call from an
enterprising young man in neighboring New Hampshire, Al
Lumnah. Al, along with his wife, Gina, produces an enjoyable
series of how-to homesteader videos under the moniker “Lumnah Acres.
They now have over 20,000 subscribers in their virtual community and
homespun videos are their medium. Al had called wanting
information on which potatoes would grow best in containers.
Jim came up from grading potatoes in the cellar to speak with Al and
handed him over to Frank when he was ready to place his
order. And then Jim went back to work.
This week we saw a spike in requests for
our catalog. When we asked those who called in, many
explained they had just watched Lumnah Acres’ newly released
video on potatoes.
Al has the New Englander part
down pat with his New Hampshire accent and uniform of T-shirt and
Blizzard Cap. Dog and cat lovers - there’s
something in here for you, too!
Watch and then subscribe to
Lumnah Acres and see what all the fuss is about.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Videos. Now 20,000 viewers.
Versitile & effective.
Organic Hull-Less Oat Cover Crop Seed.
Aroostook County has grown oats for a long, long
time. Oats are a well-respected rotation crop for
potatoes. In decades past, horses used in farming, logging
and transportation created a reliable local market for oats.
We like Organic
Hull-Less Oats for two reasons.
Besides being a top notch cover crop which protects soil, if one has a
mind to, one may grow Hull-Less Oats as a food crop with simple milling
Last Summer we grew a
beautiful crop of Organic Hull-Less Oats. We believe every
farm or garden ought to have a sack or two of Organic Hull-Less Oats on
hand so that when a crop is harvested, the ground may immediately be
planted back to a fast growing oat cover crop which will really help
Now you may be our guest and receive a FREE 2.5 Lb. Sack of Organic Hull-Less
Oat Cover Crop Seed (Value $9.95) when your next order
totals $59 or more. FREE
2.5 Lb. Sack
of Organic Hull-Less Oat Cover Crop Seed Offer ends 11:59
PM on Monday, February 12, so please don’t delay!
Please use Promo Code WPFF420. Your order
Organic Hull-Less Oat Cover Crop Seed must ship by May 5,
2018. Offer may not be combined with other offers. Please
Click Here for our Wood
Prairie Organic Vegetable Seed.
(Mostly) Annual Ritual -
Shoveling Snow From Packing Shed Roof Valley.
The lesson we’ll pass on to
those who may end up in snow country is to keep your roof steep
(minimum 6/12 pitch) and avoid valleys. We have
decades of proof that valleys have an uncanny ability to collect deep
Our buildings have metal roofs
and all but this one stubborn valley, pictured here, lose their snow
without any effort on our part. These photos tell the story
of the recent night-time effort by Caleb and his friend Sam Sargent to
battle a five-foot drift in our one deep valley. After the
boys dump the snow, the seven-foot-tractor-mounted snow blower sends
the snow flying forty feet into the nearby woods.
Jim & Megan
Here for our Certified Organic Vegetable Seed.
|Notable Quotes: Chief Joseph
|Recipe: Easy Oat
1 1/4 c warm water (105-115F)
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 T honey
1 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 c whole wheat
1 c rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp fine grain sea
2 T butter, melted, for brushing
In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast onto the warm water and stir until
the yeast dissolves. Stir in the honey and set aside for a few minutes,
until the yeast blooms and swells a bit, 5-10 minutes.
In the meantime, mix the flours, oats, and salt in a large bowl. Add
the wet mixture to the dry and stir very well.
Brush a 8-cup loaf pan generously with some of the melted butter. Turn
the dough into the tin, cover with a clean, slightly damp cloth, and
set in a warm place for 30 minutes, to rise.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. When ready, bake the bread for 35-40
minutes, until golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan. You
can finish things up by leaving the bread under the broiler for just a
heartbeat - to give the top a bit deeper color. Remove from oven, and
turn the bread out of the pan quickly. Let it cool on a rack so it
doesn't steam in the pan. Brush on remaining melted butter on top of
loaf. Serve warm, slathered with butter and your favorite jam.
There is no kneading involved with this bread and it only rises for 30
minutes. Super quick and easy. It is moist with a crispy
crust and very yummy. It's a keeper.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
History of Organic Farming.
I thought organic farming started
many thousands of years ago.
Of course there is a historical link, going back 8,000 - 10,000 years
to the dawn of agriculture, to the superior reform farming system which
has come to be known as "organic farming" (likely named for organic
farming's foundational understanding of the importance of 'organic
matter' in soil). Organic farming had its start 125 years ago. At that
time important soil building elements of successful traditional
agriculture were being left behind by 'modern agriculture' where
purchased inputs-in-a-sack were falsely considered superior over
maintaining a focus on soil health. One farmer I know has called
organic farming "80% good traditional farming practices." I think
that's a fair assessment and provides that historical link. It's that
remaining 20% which makes organic farming a unique, effective
alternative farming system.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox