Wood Prairie Farm
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                       Friday, April 3, 2015
                        Volume 21 Issue 7

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 In This Issue of The Seed Piece:

    No Escaping Potatoes.

     Potato Poetry by Amy Gerritsen.  This week’s English assignment was Couplets.  In Aroostook County, you can never get very far away from potatoes, even in school.
     This year, Amy is in Grade 6 and will be moving into a new building and Junior High School this Fall when school starts up in August this side of ‘Digging.’  We are at peak shipping now and all hands are on deck.  Weekends, Amy runs her crew of her energetic classmates in our packing shed helping us move out hundreds and hundreds of orders to the far reaches of the country.  This week we had packages going out to no less than 42 different states.
     We still have two feet of snow covering the ground.  Because of the Winter’s cold, the Maple sap is late starting in this year.  But there is no holding back Mother Nature and Spring can’t be more than a month away.  We have a new snowstorm forecast for tomorrow.

 Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
 Wood Prairie Farm
 Bridgewater, Maine

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FREE Cover Crops Handbook.
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     Cover crops are grown by wise farmers and gardeners to protect and build your soil.  If fact, so importanbt is this practice, we know excellent farmers who spend as much money on cover crop seed as they spend on seed for crops they will harvest.

     Here is the best deal this month!  You will want to pay a visit – as soon as you can - to your nearest neighbor who has a color-printer hooked up to their computer.  Then you can have them print out a FREE full-color copy of this newly Updated Cover Crop Handbook put together by Dr. Mark Liebig and his crew at the USDA Agricultural Research Service station in Mandan ND. 

     Twelve new crops have been added to this brand new Version 2.0 which runs 67 pages.  Also, check out the Crop Sequence Effects page which outlines “High Risk” crops following a particular crop residue. 

     Every farmer and gardener will want to keep their copy of this excellent Handbook near at hand.  North Dakota is leading the pack when it comes to innovative cover crop cocktails (blends).  Read this handbook and see why.


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Special Offer: FREE Organic Huckleberry Gold Seed Potatoes.

     One of the most beautiful and prolific potatoes in our Organic Varieties Trials last year was the new Huckleberry Gold.  With a purple skin and golden flesh Huckleberry has significantly higher antioxidant levels when compared to Yukon Gold. Plus it resists cracking, Common Scab and Verticillium wilt.

     We have several other interesting selections from our Variety Trials for you to have fun growing this Summer.  They include Caribou Russet, Terra Rosa, Yukon Gem and Goldrush Russet.

     Now here’s your chance to try out Huckleberry Gold. Get a FREE 1lb. Sack of Huckleberry Gold Organic Certified Seed Potatoes (value $11.95) on your next order where the goods total $45 or more.  Please use Promo Code WPF451. Offer may not be combined with other offers.  Offer Expires Midnight, Monday April 6th, so please hurry!

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Huckleberry Gold.
A pretty new variety worth growing.

Open Sesame. The Story of Seed.

Open Sesame Film Available Now For Home Viewing.

    One year ago on Earth Day, we had our first viewing of Open Sesame – The Story of Seed in New York City.  It was the premiere showing and filmmaker Sean Kaminsky was on hand to unveil this wonderful film at the movie complex on Union Square.

   Open Sesame is a rare journey into the fascinating world of seeds and their importance to society and civilization.  The storyline contains extensive footage of the landmark Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto federal lawsuit which we filed four years ago.

   You may purchase and download a copy of Open Sesame here.  It is also available as a DVD.  A FREE trailer (2:55) to Open Sesame is located here.


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Recipe: Potato Pierogi.
Yields 25 to 30 pierogi

For the filling:
1 lb Gold Rush potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 T unsalted butter
2 Dutch Yellow Onions, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

For the dough:
1 lb (3 1/2 c) whole wheat flour; more as needed
2 oz. unsalted butter, softened
1 c warm water

Make the dough:
Put flour in a large bowl. Add the butter and work it into the flour until the mixture has the texture of coarse meal. Add 3/4 c of the warm water and stir with your fingers until the mixture begins to come together. If the dough is too dry, add more warm water until it forms a shaggy yet cohesive mass. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead it just until soft and elastic. Cover with a clean dishtowel and proceed with filling recipe.

Make the filling:
Cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to the pan. Mash with a potato masher until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden-brown and soft, 15 - 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 of the onions for garnish and add the other 3/4 to the potatoes along with 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper and mix until well combined. Let cool to room temperature. 

Divide the dough into 3 orange-size balls and roll out one at a time until dough is 1/8-inch-thick, 10 to 11-inch wide circle. Using a floured 3-inch cookie cutter or inverted glass, cut out circles of dough. Transfer the circles to a baking sheet, dust with a little flour and top with a sheet of parchment so they don't dry out. Repeat with remaining dough, stacking the circles between sheets of parchment. 

Fill each dough circle with 1 T of potato filling and fold it in half. Using your fingers, tightly pinch the edges together to seal and create a border. Filled pierogi can be frozen for up to 6 months or refrigerated for up to 2 hours.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Working in batches of 10 to 12, drop the pierogi into the boiling water and give them a gentle stir so they don't stick together. When they float to the top (1 to 2 minutes for room temperature), use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a platter. 

Before serving, top the pierogi with melted butter and sprinkled with the remaining onions. Serve with sour cream on the side.


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Perfect Pierogi.
Photo by Angela Wotton

 Jim & Megan Gerritsen
 Wood Prairie Farm
 49 Kinney Road
 Bridgewater, Maine 04735
 (800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm