Prairie Seed Piece
April 28th 2017
25 Issue 08
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed
Carts Full of Wood Prairie Family
Farm Organic Seed Potatoes.
With 1 pound bags on the top shelf, 2½-pound bags on the middle shelf
and 5-pound bags on the bottom shelf each one of our twenty varieties
gets their own cart. Some varieties need more than one cart to hold a
At the end of one week we
systematically pull potatoes out of our 38ºF underground storage, fill
and weigh the bags of Organic Seed Potatoes and load them onto the
carts. Then early the next week a co-worker will act as "picker" and
will "tub up" orders for the "boxers" to double-check for accuracy,
then box up and tape closed before they're sent off to the Post Office
or Fedex Ground for delivery in all 50 States.
We repeat this process and push out thousands of bags every
beginning in January. Come May, the orders slow while we shift our
focus over to farming and planting our new organic potato crop.
However, the orders continue to arrive daily and we ship until our
potato supply is finally exhausted on the 4th of July.
With the first newly dug potatoes in September, we'll begin
process anew and once again ship out of our potato storage for the
following nine months.
That's our potato life and a good life
it is. It's good we like potatoes.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Potato Protectors of Peru. Andean
farmers in Peru, Equador and Bolivia developed potatoes into a valuable
food crop beginning 7,000 years ago.
The Potatoes on Mars Project.
the recent Matt Damon science fiction Hollywood movie tells the tale of
a heroic American astronaut, stranded on the planet Mars who – spoiler
alert! - cleverly decides to grow himself a crop of potatoes to prevent
We saw The Martian
at a local big-screen movie theater one memorable Sunday afternoon
during 2015 potato harvest to celebrate Megan’s birthday. Our
family all agreed it’s a good movie and well worth watching.
Now scientists back on earth,
associated with CIP,
the International Potato Center
in Peru, decided
to see if they can succeed at growing potatoes under harsh Mars-like
article from CIP
International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to
discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and
thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth.
This Phase Two effort of CIP’s proof of concept experiment to grow
potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on February 14, 2016
when a tuber was planted in a specially constructed CubeSat contained
environment built by engineers from University of Engineering and
Technology (UTEC) in Lima based upon designs and advice provided by the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Ames Research Center
(NASA ARC), California…
CubeSat houses a container holding soil and the tuber. Inside this
hermetically sealed environment the CubeSat delivers nutrient rich
water, controls the temperature for Mars day and night conditions and
mimics Mars air pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. Sensors
constantly monitor these conditions and live streaming cameras record
the soil in anticipation of the potato sprouting.
Offer: FREE Organic
Huckleberry Gold Seed Potatoes.
is one of our favorite and new potato varieties. Yet sadly,
Spring may be your last chance to get the great new variety Organic
Huckleberry Gold from us for a year or two. Authorities at
Maine Department of Agriculture failed to honor our request for an
exemption to allow us to plant this year an older – but vigorous and
high quality - seed lot of Huck Gold. Other good seed of this
is rare as hen’s teeth! So now it will take us awhile to
up a sufficient supply of potatoes from minitubers before we have
enough Huckleberrys in the future to sell.
Here’s your chance to
experiment and grow out a tasty supply of FREE
Organic Huckleberry Gold Seed Potatoes.
a FREE 1 Lb. sack of our
Organic Huckleberry Gold Seed Potatoes
(Value $11.95) when
your next order totals $49 or more.
Organic Huckleberry Gold Seed Potato Offer
ends 11:59 PM
on Monday, May 1, 2017, so please act today.
Please use Promo Code WPFF408
. Your order
and FREE Organic Huckleberry
Gold Seed Potatoes
must ship by May 26, 2017. Offer may
not be combined with other offers. Please
call or click today!
Here for Our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes
Huckleberry Gold. One of the newest and best
|Notable Quotes: Aldous Huxley
4 c rolled oats
1 1/2 c walnut halves
1/2 tsp sea
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
2/3 c dried currants
dried petals from a dozen or so small roses
1/2 c unsalted butter
1/2 c honey
1 egg white (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 F degrees with racks in the top and bottom thirds
of the oven. Set out two rimmed baking sheets.
the oats, walnuts, salt, pepper, currants and half of the rose petals
in a large mixing bowl. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over low
heat and stir in the honey. When thoroughly combined, pour the honey
mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
If you like clumpier granola, stir in the egg white. Divide the mixture
equally between the two baking sheets and spread into a thin layer.
stirring a couple time along the way, for about 20 - 30 minutes, or
until the granola is toasty and deeply golden. Remove from
oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula - you'll get
more clumps this way. Let cool and sprinkle with remaining dried rose
petals. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 7 cups.
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Photo by Angela Wotton.
Using Organic Trigger.
question...I listened to your potato
podcast on Farmer to Farmer and
got a lot out of it. Thanks for doing it. I ordered some Trigger and I
was wondering how you go about applying it efficiently. We usually get
in about 1000 pounds of seed potatoes
and didn't know
needed to green sprout them or not. I would rather not but, I would
appreciate any suggestions you may have when using it.
We like Organic Triggrr
it increases tuber set, tuber quality and uniformity. It must be
applied after the tubers have broken dormancy and have begun growing.
To use Organic Triggrr
we run our potatoes over an old wooden "roller table" (a manufactured
conveyor-line-like inspection table which has 2.5" diameter 'rolls'
which flip the potatoes over so both sides are repeatedly exposed) and
have two sprayer nozzles applying the Triggrr (plus some other
additions like hydrolyzed fish and powdered kelp).
alternative is a simple belt conveyor to which you attach a
spring-door-spring crossways to the belt (taters hit the spring and
then flip over exposing the former bottoms).
A backpack sprayer - like the Solo
- would do a good job wetting the tubers.
Here's an easy alternative to using roller or belt 'tables.' If you had
two plastic Tulip crates:
1) Pour the seed potatoes (tubers must
have broken dormancy) one layer thick in one crate.
2) Spray until visible skins are wet (3
3) Pour wet tubers into the second
4) Spray again to get the side you
missed the first time.
A final possible alternative to the roller table or the crate technique
would be to build a Hand Grading Table (Here are the plans for
building a Hand Grading Table from our first
issue of the Wood Prairie Seed Piece twenty-two years ago.)
potatoes onto the top half of the table, spray tubers. Roll the tubers
over down to the bottom half of the table, and spray a second time.
Let tubers dry out of strong strong sunlight.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox