Wood Prairie Farm                            In This Issue of The Seed Piece: 
 Seed Piece Newsletter             Speaking on Good Food Issues in NYC
      Organic News and Commentary
                          Last Metal Arches Up On Farm Repair Shop
          Friday October 26, 2012                                        Recipe: Traditional Potato Doughnuts
                                                                                                        Special Offer: FREE Organic Dark Red Norland Kitchen Potatoes
                                                                                                        Mailbox: Love, Wonderful 'Harvest', Hero, Thinking Farmers, Florida Spuds
        End Of Fall. End Of Outside Season.
       Moose After Rapeseed Breakfast. Megan took this photograph this morning after Sarah and Amy called back from the school bus to report that there were a big bull and cow moose chowing down on our lush crop of plowdown Rapeseed. By the time Megan got up to the field, the moose had enough to eat and were crossing Kinney Road heading back into the woods. Bringing disappointment to all the moose in the neighborhood, tomorrow, Caleb and Peter will chop and plow under our field of biofumigant Rapeseed. This cover crop has been growing since August in order to cleanse the soil for next year's organic seed potato crop. We've had seven inches of rain since late September. The ground has dried out some this week and so as to be ahead of any more rain Hurricane Sandy may bring our way next week we've decided to plow now. Having finished harvest two weeks ago, this last plowing task will mark the end of our Fall field work for the year.

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

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Wood Prairie Farmer Speaks. Jim Gerritsen in NYC.
Speaking on Good Food Issues in NYC

     Early this week Jim was in New York City discussing with citizens such things as our Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto lawsuit, the growing problem with genetically engineered crops and the Proposition 37 Right-To-Know GMO labeling initiative in California.

     All venues were filled to capacity.  Consistently, the folks in attendance were very supportive to learn of the growing momentum in turning the food movement into effective food political action.

     Here is a short video taken by Janet Nash (7:48) of  a portion of Jim’s presentation at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.

Jim & Megan


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Last Metal Arches Up On Farm Repair Shop.

     After having been interrupted for nearly a month in order to get the harvest in, recently we have been working on our 30’ x 70’ Indiegogo Farm Equipment Repair Shop.  Tonight, we lifted up the last of the metal arches into place and bolted them home.  We still have the end walls and doors to install.  Also, we need to hook up our wood-fired boiler which will warm the non-toxic antifreeze in the  radiant-heat-tube-lined concrete floor. However, today’s placing-the-last-arch was a major milestone.  Much of the remaining work can now be done ‘inside’ regardless of whether it is raining or snowing outside.
     Here’s a short video (0:18) taken today of how we went about lifting the metal arches into place using our pond-digging excavator and a twenty-foot channel iron spreader.

Click Here to View Our Indiegogo Crowdfunded Farm Repair Shop Project.

Case Excavator Lifts Arch into Place. By removing the bucket we gained a valuable three feet in height. The roof peak is twenty feet high.

Traditional Potato Doughnuts. Photo by Angela Wotton.
Recipe: Traditional Potato Doughnuts

3 T shortening or lard
3/4 c sugar
3 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 c cooked, mashed potatoes
1/2 c milk
1 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp mace
1/2 tsp nutmeg
shortening or cooking oil for deep frying

Combine shortening or lard and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg yolks and egg white and beat until thick, about 1 minute. Add mashed potato and mix to combine. Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, mace and nutmeg. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to batter, beating after each addition until combined. 

Cover dough and chill for 2 hours.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough until 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter. Reroll as necessary.

Fry doughnuts, 2 or 3 at a time, in deep, hot fat, (365 F), about 1 minute on each side or until golden, turning once with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnut and doughnut holes.

Good with milk or tea.

Special Offer: FREE  Organic Dark Red Norland
                                                                    Kitchen Potatoes

    Organic Dark Red Norland is a good red-skin, white-flesh potato which we have begun growing here on Wood Prairie Farm.  It has a lot of fans because of its earliness, reliability and nice appearance.  We have been enjoying Dark Red Norlands this Fall as a quick harvest meal: simply baked and with butter, salt and pepper added.

     Now here's your chance to see for yourself just how good Dark Reds taste.  Earn a FREE 2 lbs. sack of Wood Prairie Farm Organic Dark Red Norland Potatoes ($12.95 value) for use in your kitchen with your next purchase of $50 or more. FREE Organic Dark Red Norland Potato offer ends Monday, October 29.

     Please use Promo Code WPF1131. Your order and FREE Wood Prairie Farm Organic Dark Red Norland potatoes must ship by 12/5/12. Offer may not be combined with other offers. Please call or click today!

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Our Mailbox: Seed Piece Love, Wonderful 'Harvest', American Hero, Thinking Farmers, Florida Spuds

Seed Piece Lover.

Dear WPF.
     Thank you. I love this newsletter.

Pasadena MD

WPF Replies.

     We're glad to hear that. Thank you for your support.

Jim & Megan

Wonderful 'Harvest'.

Dear WPF.
     Great Read! Thanks for the Moo Milk and 'Betting The Farm' Movie info. Will look for it on Netflix in the new year. Just wanted you to know that I received my copy of 'Harvest' and I highly recommend it to everyone! What a great read...and what an adventure. Thanks for being a part of it and allowing Richard Horan the opportunity of creating such a great work. It will be a great tool for spreading the light of truth about organic farming and its supreme importance.

Whitefish MT

WPF Replies.

     We agree. Everyone will enjoy reading Harvest An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms. It's in our Wood Prairie Essential Books Section.

Jim & Megan

Dr. Donald Huber, American Hero.

Dear WPF.
     Watch this short video. It's really scary, a new organism with no name has been discovered which is raising havoc within our soils. The issue with GMO's isn't a political issue....its a matter of survival!!!

Greenville NC

WPF Replies.

     Yes, this newly discovered organism - which thrives in GE crops where there has been an overuse of glyposate - chief ingredient in Roundup herbicide - causes mammalian reproductive problems and is an extremely serious threat to our national food security. The public became aware of this matter in January 2011 when it was disclosed that Dr. Donald Huber, who has been a plant pathologist for 40 years, had warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack of the discovery and urged that USDA research resources be deployed to get a handle on it. While Secretary Vilsack refused to take action, independent scientists are continuing the research. I am told that the problem is worse than originally believed and that you can add humans to the list of species affected. Dr. Huber is courageous and a true American hero. He has been subjected to character assassination by Biotech because of his work. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army and is one of America's top experts on germ warfare. As you characterize, this discovery is explosive territory.


Farmers Support Prop 37.

Dear WPF.
     The ads in CA opposing Prop 37 say that the farmers are against this but they don't say why. Prop 37 sounds like a good thing, but is there a down side to this bill? If so, what is it and why would farmers be against it? I've been trying to research this online but with no success.

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.
     I am an American farmer, here in Maine, and I believe that all thinking people - including farmers - support GMO labeling. This is why national polls consistently show 90% support for GMO labeling. Americans deserve the Right-To-Know. The Biotech, Big Ag and Big Food corporations opposing Prop 37 - the Right-To-Know GMO Labeling initiative - are not the farmers' or the peoples' friends. They are lying and trying to fool California voters into voting against their own best interests. Please vote Yes on Prop 37 and get your friends to vote Yes as well. America is counting on you to see the truth.


Fall Potatoes in Florida.

Dear WPF.
     Hi there---
     Just wondering if you have any seed spuds suitable for mid-southwest Florida? We would like to order some for a school garden project. Many thanks.

Tampa FL

WPF Replies.

     We would recommend Rose Gold or Russian Banana as short dormancy varieties that will break dormancy more easily for Fall growing.

Jim & Megan

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