bug deflector on our neighbor's log truck hints at a popular Maine
winter pastime: "I MISS BACK WHEN"
January 15, 2010
Prairie Farm Newsletter
Recipe: Pan Fried Potatoes
Q & A :
Monsanto - Free
Tales. Winter Hot Spot.
doubt about it,
a lot of time here in northern Maine is spent thinking and talking
past. The past may not have been too
awful good but after all we did get through it and who knows about the
future? Truth be told we have very
little hard experience with the future and that
powerful scary to just about anybody, most especially a Mainer.
one thing you
can say about the past is that it has a tendency to get better as time
pains of hardship
seem to lessen with
the passage of time as the mind dulls and glosses over events that some
just as soon have everybody forget, like remember the time that wet
digging when Linnwood just barely missed that bridge and drove
full of potatoes clear into Whitney Brook?
past is chockful of goodness through and through and here's one
example. One of the popular features in our local
(well, about twenty miles away) weekly paper, the Houlton Pioneer Times
Only Newspaper in the World Interested in Houlton, Maine”) is
– News From 100 Years Ago where
are lifted verbatim from an issue
exactly one century before and brought to the attention of us modern
raw and untainted by the rewriters of history. Now some
might quibble with the usage of that
term “news.” A neighbor once allowed
that he liked to read the Houlton Hen – the Houlton paper's
other less than
complimentary name - every night before bed so that he could fall
nothing on his mind.
week's paper this little nugget from January 7, 1910 caught the
most everybody here in our little farming town of Bridgewater
“Miss Adelle Burpee, teacher at the grammar school
returned from a
week of vacation
no longer has a railroad station, no more jewelry store nor hotel
House” (named because it
was halfway on the rough state road between Houlton to the south and
Isle to the north).
here was indisputable prima
facie evidence that in the eyes
of one young adoring
school marm that our town was a rare pearl that conjured up the fun and
excitement evoked by a vacation. And
in the depths of subzero snowy January in
Maine, no less!
is we have been left speechless for nigh
onto a week, full of civic pride and and the contentment that comes
that before folks discovered
of sunny Florida, our humble little frontier potato town was a winter
spot for light-hearted frivolity. Bridgewater
well have a future, but for now we'll just keep enjoying our past. Jim
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slice 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes such as Prairie
Blush or Butte
a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the potatoes until just cooked
through and tender but not falling apart. Drain the potatoes and let
dry and cool for a few minutes.
1/2 cup olive oil in a cast iron pan and add the potatoes when when oil
is hot. Cook over medium heat, stirring and tossing regulary until
golden, about 15 minutes.
with salt, fresh herbs such as rosemary, dried tomatoes or crispy bacon.
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Received your catalog.
I'm interested in ordering. Before I order, I'd like to confirm you're
seeds are "non Monsanto /Seminis". I'm trying to find a seed source
that I can rely on to "stay clear" of Monsanto / Seminis or any of the
other GMO companies.
place my order I have a question on your beet seed. I've
lot with my Oregon Tilth inspectors, and they seem to feel that organic
certification is not sufficient to guarantee a lack of GMO
contamination. Nor is signing on to the safe seed pledge by itself a
guarantee. What can you tell me about your beet and chard seed?
showed your catalog around my area in Washington, and it is generating
a good deal of interest as we form our own "neighborhood" seed network.
Thank you for your good work.
Monsanto has been on a buying spree of seed companies and
is one of their latest victims, which is sad because Seminis has some
really popular vegetable varieties in their line.
We have been signatories to the Safe Seed Pledge
over ten years: “We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or
genetically engineered seed or plants.” Our
section in our Catalog (p.22) states our policy:
“We do not
support Monsanto and we do not offer any seed or crop varieties under
We are very conscious of the potential GMO
or genetically modified organisms) contamination in organic seeds
issue. At our cost we are testing at risk varieties for GMO
content (10,000 seed PCR test - the industry's best). We do
sell seed that tests hot (threshold 0.01% or 1 seed out of 10,000
threshold) - Our policy is that test results must be zero or we will
not sell a seed lot as organic seed.
While there is a long freight train of pending GMO
and vegetable applications at the door of commercialization the
vegetable families focused for concern now are beets and
1) Our Organic Rainbow Chard seed has
2) Our Organic Sweet Red Bliss
Beet seed was
grown before the introduction of GMO sugar beets, hence free from
3) Our Organic Dorinny Sweet Corn seed is
on our isolated Wood Prairie Farm and our crops have always tested
I believe it is a basic
right for a farmer (gardener) to be secure on their own farm, to be
free from the threat of farm invasion by biotech's uncontrolled GMO
pollen. And I believe customers like you have a right of
to good clean organic seed free of GMO contamination.
This is a real David and Goliath battle.
I serve on
the Board of Directors of two grassroots organizations (OSA /
Organic Seed Alliance - seedalliance.org & OSGATA / Organic
Growers and Trade Assn - osgata.org) on the cutting edge of this work
and financial support is urgently needed.
Thanks for your interest. Your caution
is justified and commendable.
& Megan Gerritsen
49 Kinney Road
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
(800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm