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 Winter Blows In.

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You: Our New 2023 Wood Prairie Catalog!

     Our new and rare potato superstar, Organic Sarpo Mira from Hungary, adorns the front cover of our brand new catalog. Our catalog dodged the recent paper shortage owing to supply-chain-disruption and has been printed and will be arriving in your hands shortly. In it you’ll find many new items including for the first time Organic Sweet Potato Slips, and new varieties of Organic Vegetable Seed, Organic Herb Seed, Organic Flower Seed, Organic Cover Crop Seed and Organic Tools & Supplies.

     After a great Fall which had turned unusually sunny, warm and dry, we have very quickly crossed over from the outdoor season to our inside Winter work. We’re almost caught up on orders and we’re beginning to pre-grade our beautiful crop of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.

     We hope that you are holding up under this blast of cold weather and are settling in to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

     Stay safe and stay warm!


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



     Enjoy wonderful fresh Organic Sweet Potatoes in your Summer garden! We offer three fantastic varieties – especially good performers for Northern gardeners. As is the case with with Andean Potatoes, it is wise to grow more than one variety to see which type does best in your garden’s micro-climate. Sweet Potatoes like it hot! We ship out all orders of Sweet Potato Slips at the end of May. Complete Organic Growing Instructions sent with each order.
     For the first time we are offering to you in our new Catalog Organic Sweet Potato Slips so you may now grow and enjoy delicious Organic Sweet Potatoes in your Home Garden!
     Three outstanding Organic Sweet Potato varieties are available, in varying quantities plus we’ve got some Special Deals designed to save you money! Orders will include Complete Organic Growing Instructions to help propel you to success.

     Sweet Potatoes like it HOT and all orders will be shipped separately at the end of May 2023. LIMITED SUPPLY. ORDER EARLY!



Megan's Kitchen Recipes: Potato Buttermilk Rolls.

These call for buttermilk but since I can't find any without additives I substituted 1/2 milk and 1/2 yogurt. They turned out great!  Megan

1 large dry textured potato (I used Elba), about 1/2 pound, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 c buttermilk or 3/4 c milk with 3/4 c yogurt
2 packages active dry yeast
6 c all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 T sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature

In a small saucepan, combine the potato and water and bring to a boil. Cook until potato is soft - about 10 minutes.
Pour the cooked potato cubes and water into a large bowl and mash the potato cubes with a fork. Stir in the buttermilk and let cool to warm (110 degrees F). Dissolve the yeast in the potato mixture and let stand 5 minutes. Add the flour, sugar, salt and butter and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy mass forms. Scrape the dough out onto a floured work surface. Invert the bowl over the dough and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Uncover the dough and knead until it is smooth and elastic, dusting the work surface with flour to keep the dough from sticking, about 5 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to a lightly buttered bowl, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a clean work surface. Cut it in half with a sharp knife. Cut each half into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough against the work surface into a ball. Place the balls on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cover the rolls with a kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 15-20 minutes.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 375 F. Lightly dust the tops of the rolls with a little flour. Bake until they are puffed and lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.

Makes about 16 rolls.


Wood Prairie Family Farm Photos.

What a Difference a Week Makes in Maine. We've been seeing these three-amigos Moose off and on for the last month. Even when we don't see them we know they're around because in a display of Bovine solidarity they regularly knock down the electric fence keeping our cattle in. At first light one morning last week, Caleb’s wife, Lizzi, took this shot from the kitchen window of their home up by the Big Pond. It's looking west towards our stream, a tributary to the South Branch of Whitney Brook, which is just beyond the treeline. Those Moose are eating a sweet plowdown crop of the Biofumigant Rapeseed. Next year on these same home farm fields we will be growing our 2023 crop of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes. Rapeseed is a Brassica family member and is akin to Organic Tillage Radish. Rapeseed is especially rich in natural 'glucosinolates' (GSLs) which researchers have proven - including after a multi-year study performed by University of Maine and USDA scientists on our farm - reduce soil borne pests such as pathogenic nematodes, and funguses, plus it inhibiting weed seed germination. Biofumigant crops make for higher quality cash crops, and this is most especially important for those of us who grow Organic Seed. On our farm we see Moose a lot. One Fall about 15 years ago at exactly this same time of year, we had a dozen Moose grazing our Rapeseed just as we drove over before daybreak to plow it down. It’s our belief that our frosty Fall Maine nights sweeten up the Rape to the point where Moose can't resist raiding the candy store.

Last Day of 2022 Farming Season on Wood Prairie Family Farm. The weather forecast had warned Mainers that we were situated in the crosshairs of two major wet weather systems which would merge right on top of us over the weekend. Since Veteran's Day would be the last dry day, it was clear it was finally time to plowdown our last Organic Cover Crop and put away the tractors for the year. Just hours after we finished this tractor work that evening it began to rain and eventually dropped 2.5” of rain over a couple of days. Jim took this shot looking north on Veteran's Day, the day after Lizzi caught the three moose on camera. In fact, Caleb, driving the silver White 105 tractor, is in the very same spot the Moose were grazing the day before. He is pulling a 7-foot Woods Bushhog Mower which chops up the knee-high crop of soil biofumigant Rapeseed allowing better incorporation. Jim is driving the green Oliver 1850 Diesel which is pulling the red International Harvester 7-tooth Chisel Plow. The teeth have 'twisted shank' feet which not only rip into the soil 12 inches deep but turn under 90% of the crop top residue. As that residue decomposes in the soil it gives off the natural cleansing gas which science has proved is as effective as conventional-farm-toxin Methyl Bromide, a perennial candidate for getting banned and a known deadly Ozone depleter. Almost 50 years of organic farming has taught us that there's usually a good organic solution for challenges faced by farmers. A good solution benefits the environment and doesn't poison the soil, or the food we eat or the seed we sell. So, this good solution is win-win for everybody except the chemical companies.

Here We Go Again: Winter Snow Arrives in Maine. We follow the weather closely during Winter so we can keep a handle on where it’s safe to ship our perishable Organic Certified Seed Potatoes. Almost always there’s only enough cold for one side of one country or the other. However, the pattern following Veteran’s Day was a rare one in which all of the Lower 48 States were unseasonably cold from coast to coast. Our cold, heavy weekend rainfall shifted over to snow Sunday night. This shot, taken Monday morning, shows additional Home Farm fields which had their Rapeseed cover crop chisel-plowed in just days before. It was +30ºF, still spitting snow and the northwest wind was strong and blowing in the flakes from Canada horizontally. Since that morning this photo was taken, we’re had another six inches of snow and with the steady cold temperatures the ground is frozen over solid. All of a sudden the outside work season in Maine is done. Now our work shifts over to the inside, grading Organic Seed Potatoes and packing and shipping bags of Organic Seed. It’s a safe bet we’ll thaw out and lose our snow by May.


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Caleb & Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Family Farm
49 Kinney Road
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
(207) 429 - 9765 / 207 (429) - 9682
Certified Organic From Farm to Mailbox