Prairie Seed Piece
October 14th 2016
24 Issue 18
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed Piece:
of Wood Prairie Harvest Now in Sight. Above, a
circa 1906 photograph of another successful Aroostook County potato
our solid streak of dry weather in October, we were able to finish up
potatoes last week which is on the early side for us. 2016
go down as one of the two best Falls for digging we’ve had in Northern
Maine over the last ten years.
Reports we’ve heard from up and down Aroostook County are that most
everybody has grown an excellent potato crop with very good
quality. County potatoes are now for the most part harvested
safely under cover. While it has turned dry, of Maine’s
counties, only Aroostook has escaped designation as suffering from some
level of drought.
goes right we should just about finish with harvest this
We hope things have gone well for you as well. We are now
caught up shipping out your orders – so please do us know if there is
something you need that we can send out to you.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Travels with Quigley.
The Great American Journey.
Powered by Quigley's high
is an ambitious and talented young New
England photographer and writer. Traveling with her
personable – and high energy – dog, Quigley, she
has embarked on a cross-country journey closely re-tracing the path
trod by John Steinbeck in his cross-country expedition during fall of
1960. The tales from that journey were recounted in his
best-selling 1962 book, Travels
Beginning in Long
Island, New York, Steinbeck first hurdled his three-quarter
ton GMC pickup and camper
Maine. His traveling companion for the long journey was,
famously, Charley – his wife’s poodle.
of Steinbeck’s early stops was here in Aroostook County during that
Fall’s potato harvest. With shades of The Grapes of
he spent the night beside a potato field with a family of
French-speaking potato pickers who had come over from Canada to work
the potato harvest.
After traversing Maine, Steinbeck headed to the American
His book remains a classic and memorable travel log. Jim is a
of Steinbeck’s writing - and has read Travels with
though it’s been forty years.
With a well-thought-through design and with meticulous execution,
Briana decided to closely replicate Steinbeck’s trip. So it
was no mere coincidence
that she and Quigley came up to visit our farm during our last week of
The duo’s plan is to savor the places, people and flavor of our
country, take loads of photographs, share the trip on social media (Facebook
and then write a book about her long-trailblazed-journey
summer, Briana held a successful Kickstarter
to help pay for gas and other expenses. Her mechanic-husband
helped her secure a reliable pickup truck (a Toyota similar to one we
run on our farm) and wedded camper.
Arriving in Aroostook County after Acadia National Park, they spent the
night parked beside our Big Pond. By noon the next day
and Briana were on the road again and headed for wide open spaces out
accompanying this article were taken by Briana during their stay in
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
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Wood Prairie Harvest.
Chantenay Carrots come last as the
frosty nights sweeten them up.
Harvesting French Chantenay Carrots on Wood Prairie Family Farm.
With potato harvest finished as of last week, our
attention has now turned towards our hand-harvest of organic
. For this job we use
our twenty-year-old homemade “Carrot Bed Lifter”. The Bed
Lifter is attached to the 3-point hitch of one of our Oliver
tractors. It is loaded heavily with weights for good down
pressure so it will glide underneath the carrots.
neighbor, Katie Finemore was helping us pick carrots that cold (low
40s), gray and windy morning. She offered to use her phone to
film (YouTube 2:48) the process of ‘lifting’ the carrots.
Since the Bed Lifter is run deep in the soil we always drive in low
first-gear with our foot near the left clutch pedal should the blade
ever meet up with a large hidden rock or ‘ledge’ (bedrock) and we need
to stop forward travel immediately
Once lifted, the
carrots are then topped manually and tossed into a pallet box where
they are stored - and then shipped out - over the course of the
winter. This year’s Chantenay Carrots
grew into a very beautiful and sweet
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Fresh Vegetables.
|Jefferson on Citizenship.
and Potato Gratin.
1/2 lb waxy potatoes such as Prairie Blush
sliced transparently thin
3/4 lb summer
cut into 1/16" slices
1/2 tsp fine
grain sea salt
1/4 c fresh oregano leaves
1/4 fresh Italian
1 large garlic
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c unsalted butter
2 c fresh whole wheat
3/4 c grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated on a box grater
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Rub a 9x9" baking dish with a bit olive
Place the zucchini slices into a colander placed over a sink, toss with
the sea salt and set aside for 10-15 minutes to let them drain a bit
and go on to prepare the oregano sauce and bread crumbs.
Make the sauce by pureeing the oregano, parsley, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt,
red pepper flakes, and olive oil in a food processor or using a hand
blender. Set aside.
Make the breadcrumbs by melting the butter in a small saucepan over
medium heat. Cook for a few minutes until the butter is fragrant and
has turned brown. Wait two minutes, then stir the breadcrumbs into the
Transfer the squash to a large mixing bowl. Add the potatoes and
two-thirds of the oregano sauce. Toss until everything is well coated.
Add the cheese and half the bread crumbs and toss again.
Transfer the squash and potatoes to the baking pan, top with the
remaining bread crumbs, and bake for 40 - 50 minutes - it will depend
on how thinly sliced the squash and potatoes are. Remove from oven and
drizzle with the remaining oregano sauce.
Serves about 8 as a side. Megan.
Here For Our Specialty Organic Kitchen Potatoes.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Monsanto Behind the Lies and When To Dig.
Monsanto Behind the
Involved in a debate...is the following accurate:
Truly 100% organic produce farms would have their crops mostly
decimated by insects.
Healthy soils = healthy plants = naturally resistant to insect and
disease pressure. Agriculture has been successfully practiced by our
ancestors for 10,00 years. The chemical industry has been around for
100 years. Miraculously, we were able to feed ourselves for 9,900 years
before monopolistic multinational chemical corporations arrived on the
scene. It has been documented Monsanto is behind the war of vitriol
being waged against organic farming.
When to Dig.
Most of my potato plants have been taken down by Colorado Potato
Beetles and leafhoppers and I'm wondering if I should dig them all now,
before the root cellar is cool enough, or leave them in the ground
until October? I see pros and cons to each, but would appreciate your
Thanks and I hope all is well up north.
Probably best to leave them in soil for cellar to
cool down, assuming you want to store them for the better part of the
winter. However, two possible cosmetic risks to consider (most
especially an important consideration if they are being grown for
1. Wet weather between now and harvest could increase Black Scurf
(Rhizoctonia) on the skin.
2. Wireworm tunneling in the tubers could occur if wireworms have been
a problem for you in the past.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm