Prairie Seed Piece
September 22nd 2017
25 Issue 14
Issue of The Wood
Maine Potato Harvest.
Potatoes This Week on Wood Prairie Family Farm.
It takes a team of six of us to harvest potatoes with our Juko Potato
Harvester. One to drive the Oliver 1850 tractor (In
this case Jim who trades with Caleb). Four on the Juko itself
– Megan & Amy and Scott & Nate. Nate's
brother, Seth, is barely in view on the trailer picking up smalls which
evade the Juko.
Other harvest-time jobs are
logging in and putting away pallet boxes of potatoes, repairing
equipment and pallet boxes, answering the phone, downloading, keeping
up with and shipping out orders.
September Potato-Samplers-of-the-Month go out
next week. Rain is now in the forecast for the middle of next
week – we'll push hard until then. In order to dig potatoes,
farmers need dry weather and soil that is not too wet. We've
had great conditions so far.
Katie took most of the
harvest photos you see in this issue.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
|Harvesting This Year's Wood
Prairie Potato Crop.
One recent sunny day this week, our
neighbor Katie took a break from working on the Juko Potato Harvester,
took off her work gloves and brought her camera into our potato field.
Her photos reveal the process of how we harvest our organic potatoes.
The red potatoes are Reddale
Finnish Juko Potato Harvester. Our Potatoes
going up the "Primary" Lagbed.
Harvester From Behind. Neighbor Seth is lying
on the "Ironing Board" trailer picking up small potatoes which drop
through the cracks.
Sorting Reddale. Megan working the "Hedgehog,"
Amy beside her and Scott and Nate across from them working on the
Engineering. Mechanical Rubber Fingers working
in unison with the Hedgehog Belt separate potatoes from rocks. Mostly.
The crew perfects the machine's effort.
Katie and Amy
on Juko. A rare stand-still-moment while
A Pallet Box
of Field Run Reddale Potatoes. A four foot box
holds 2000 lbs of potatoes.
the OK Sign. Mid-field after removing a pallet
box full of Potatoes, Jim loads another empty hardwood pallet box.
Blush Tuber. Sarah (left) & Amy check
out this year's biggest spud so far - a 2-pounder Prairie Blush which
measures 6" x 5" x 4".
Rocks Left By Potato Harvester. Creating a dust
storm during our dry Fall conditions, Caleb follows the harvester with
a Lockwood Rockpicker removing from the field the work left by twenty
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|Notable Quotes: Groucho Marx
Apple Cranberry Drop Cookies.
1 cup grated raw potato
(use fine blade on grater)
1 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup apple, peeled and chopped or grated finely
1 ½ tsp grated orange rind
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare first 4 ingredients and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars; beat in egg and milk. Sift flour and dry
ingredients, stir into butter mixture until well-blended. Stir in
potato and fruit mixture. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake 12-15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
A Tasty Treat
for Harvest Time.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox