Cool Nights. FREE Shipping. Gearing Up For Harvest.
Muddy Fields & Making
the Best of Too Much Rain.After a
month of dry beginning in mid-June, we’ve turned back to wet again and with a
vengeance.We had virtually no rain the
first half of July.Yet because of heavy
rains since July 16, this past July hasbecome the second wettest July on
record with over 7”.The wet pattern has continued into August.Last week we gained another 5” of rain.As a result the river levels are now remarkably
high for August.
We took advantage of the high water this past
Sunday by taking to the water with seven kayaks and one canoe.First we went down the Prestile Stream from
the dam in Robinsons to just shy of where it joins the Whitney Brook at the
Canadian border.Next we went over and
put into the North Branch of the MeduxnekeagRiver at the bridge in Harvey
Siding and paddled in swift current to just before where the river flows under
the US Route 1 bridge in Monticello.
We had a few spills but nobody was injured. It was fast and fun!
Our crops look good but we’d really like some
dry weather and sunshine.Potatoes are
sizing up very nicely and look good.
We have now again begun taking orders for
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our organic Kitchen Potatoes.
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The letter, posted on the Good Food Web
begins, “The demands of our farming in Maine prevent me from being with
you today. We do join you in the belief that justice is necessary for
lasting change, most especially as it relates to seed. We make
our living growing organic seed. We have been farming organically on
our Wood Prairie Farm in Maine for 37 years. We live and follow the
belief that everyone in the organic community has an obligation to help
grow and protect our community.”
then delves into two important developments in the battle against GE
crops and the Biotech industry which Jim has been involved with.
The letter described the important partial victory which
has been secured for American farmers in the landmark organic community
lawsuit,OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. In a ruling on Plaintiff’s Appeal of Dismissal,
the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC,
ordered defendant Monsanto to NOT sue farmers for patent infringement
who through no fault of their own become contaminated by trace amounts
of Monsanto’s patented seed technology. However positive this
Court-ordered protection is, Plaintiffs are not satisfied that the
ruling went far enough. The farmers have until September to decide
whether they will ask the US Supreme Court to review the case.
Maine Writer Causes A National Stir in the Battle Over GE Food.
Shetterly is a Mainer and very careful in her work.When her excellent article,"The Bad
Seed: The Health Effects of Genetically Modified Corn,” appeared
recently in the magazine Elle, it was
a fair guess that controversy might soon follow. Biotech uses patent laws to restrict the
research conducted on their genetically-engineered (GE) crops.They are loathe to have the healthfulness of
their gene-spliced food questioned by anyone. Apparently, most especially a
woman in women’s magazine.
Controversy did swiftly
follow publication of “The Bad Seed.” It came this week in the form of an aggressive
character assassination piece, “No
You Shouldn’t Fear GMO Corn” written by Jon Entine, and aimed squarely at
Shetterly and Elle in Slate magazine,.
Courageously, Elle has examined all the facts and
stands firmly by its story and Ms. Shetterly.And now Elle is fighting back.Elle reveals much in its new article, “Let’s Discuss (again): The GMO Food
Debate,”including"Since we’re setting the record straight, Entine also runs a
consulting business called ESG MediaMetrics...In other words, he’s a hired gun
who, it happens, counts Monsanto—one of the biggest producers of GMO seeds in
the world—as a 'select client.'"
Biotech may have believed they could
intimidate Elle and Shetterly and steamroll
the discussion of the GE safety into oblivion as they have so often done in the
past.In fact, what they have done is to
haplessly draw increased national attention to the grave issue of uncertainty
over the safety of GE food.And they
have directed their inept behavior towards a new and huge audience of mothers
and women who are likely not sympathetic to sexist condescension.
Please make mental
note of these developments because we are now witnessing a sea change in America’s
attitude about GE food.
MOO Milk is a
company primarily made up of our organic dairy farm neighbors in northern and
eastern Maine.It has been a struggle from the outset but
things have vastly improved with significant recent developments.
Writes Eleanor, “This past winter, a member of the Slow
Money Maine network introduced MOOMilk to Norman
Cloutier, founder and former CEO and chairman of United Natural Foods. Cloutier
took a keen interest in MOO and became the primary investor in a $3.9 million
equity round that recently closed. Cloutier brings both capital and experience
to the table. He, along with representatives of the two other major investors,
joined three farmers and MOOMilk CEO Bill Eldridge on a newly reorganized board
of directors. With several years of working capital in hand and the funds to
market itself, MOO can now operate from a stable platform. It is redesigning
its carton, diversifying its milk products and looking to enter new markets,
particularly in southern New
MOO Milk is high
quality and widely available throughout Maine.MOO Milk will undergo further expansion to
grocery store refrigerators in Massachusetts
and beyond. Like them on Face Book
here. You can help the MOO Milk farmers by asking your grocer to carry
their milk and then getting your friends and neighbors to become loyal
customers.This is a wonderful family
farmer saga which you can have a hand in helping succeed.
"You can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few or you can have democracy in this country, but you can not have both." - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis 1856-1941
Justice Louis Brandeis. Telling it like it is.
Fresh New Potatoes With Mint. Photo by Angela Wotton.
Recipe: New Potatoes With Mint
2 pounds small new potatoes, fresh out of the ground
Wash and put in a medium saucepan with lid
Cover with water, add a tsp sea salt and boil until tender (about 20 minutes).
off the boiling water and toss the potatoes with plenty of butter, salt
to taste and plenty of fresh black pepper. One friend adds chopped
mint: "my British husband's favorite herb for boiled new potatoes...gorgeous! Yum!"
Do try this recipe!
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Our Mailbox: Delicious & VERY Popular Potatoes, Friends in Europe
Delicious Potatoes. Dear WPF.
You guys have THE BEST potatoes I have ever had the
opportunity to come across! I see now why you guys have so many good
reviews! We just harvested 60 pounds worth yesterday, I had them for
lunch and man they were the most delicious potatoes I've ever eaten! So
much different from the kind you get at the supermarket...Eating your
potatoes rechared my batteries and gave me a full, satisfied
feeling...then I went back to work and pulled weeds for the rest of the
afternoon. This morning I could not help but eat more of those potatoes
Thank you for the most delicious potatoes I've ever had,
we will make sure to order from you again next year, and I will tell
all my gardener friends about you guys! I love your potatoes!
RT Fallon NV
Thanks. Very grateful for your kind words and your support of our family's seed business.
Jim & Megan
Friends in Europe. Dear WPF.
I saw your link on the GMO Free USA website from a very good friend of mine. We're spreading the video of your interview
about Monsanto and it's "unhealthy" practices here in Europe so my
friends and the friends of my friends can spread it further. One of the
good things about the internet, people get connected and informed much
easier and can respond to it quicker. Hopefully we all will succeed
soon in making Monsanto close it's books permanently. I wish you and
your family a very good week, sending blessings from Belgium. JR Leuven, Belgium
Thanks so much for your support. It's important for Europeans to
know that there is strong and growing resistance for GE crops and GE
food in the USA. We are grateful that Europe has so ably and
effectively fought for many years against Monsanto and its Biotech
cronies. Here is a link to an address I gave in Turin at Slow Food's Terra Madre seven years ago and that last paragraph about our allies abroad is still apt. Thank you.
VERY Popular Potatoes. Dear WPF.
Just letting you know we have been selling potatoes grown
from your seed at our local farmers market for the past 2 weeks and
they are VERY popular!! They are sooooo good!!! I will be growing A LOT
more of them next year and I will make sure to get my order in early.
Thank you for all you do!!
JL Ashland, WI
Great to get your report. Always good to hear our seed is
doing well for you. Hope you are not too wet but still getting all the
moisture you need.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen Wood
Prairie Farm 49
Kinney Road Bridgewater,
Maine 04735 (800)829-9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm www.woodprairie.com