Friday August 08, 2014
Issue of The Seed Piece:
(Maine State Museum photo by Billy
Hathorn). We commonly
see moose on Wood Prairie Farm in the Spring and then again as the
weather cools down in the Fall. Conditions here in Northern
Maine have turned dry. We’re grateful to have the two
irrigation ponds we dug in the years before it turned so wet this last
decade. We have begun irrigating our crops.
Even with our dry soil, while out
rouging potatoes this morning, we came across fresh moose tracks – but
no moose to be seen - crossing our potato field.
Yesterday morning we had a cool start
at 49ºF. Once we slip into August, we get hints of the cooler
weather that is around the corner. Crops are doing
well and growing fast. Potatoes have lost their blossoms and
tubers are bulking up nicely. Wheat and oats are drying
down. Ears on seed corn are filling out. Carrots
and parsnips are newly weeded and look good. The hay field
now has nice white clover regrowth and our Dexter cows are enjoying
School starts up in a week –
yes, early up here by design so that the students can get off the three
weeks to help farmers during the Potato Harvest Break which begins
year just past mid-September.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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| New Gallup Poll
Says Almost Half of Americans Seek Out Organic Food.
poll released yesterday by the Gallup organization for the
first time detailed American
attitudes towards eating organic food. This is
the first organic polling data Gallup has ever pursued in its
“Consumption Habits” survey.
less than half of all Americans – 45% - actively try to include organic
foods in their diets. These numbers are very
significant and lie substantially higher than past
assumptions. Patterns emerged in the polling which showed
organic food’s greatest strengths are among the young, those in the
West and residents of big or small cities.
concise Gallup polling report makes for very
interesting reading. Contrary to the dismissive propaganda of
self-serving partisans from Industrial Ag and Big Food, organic food is growing in
importance to more and more Americans. As we
gain a better understanding of food and its impact on the wellness of
our families, to a steadily increasing segment of our citizenry, organic is understood as the gold
standard for good eating.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Specialty Potatoes For
Seeking Organic Food. Nearly half of Americans search out organic.
Standing up for the people.
| The Courageous and
Inspiring Scientist Dr. Tyrone Hayes.
Back in February Dr. Tyrone Hayes gained wide
spread and well-deserved notoriety in a powerful
article in The New Yorker magazine. Dr. Hayes is
the scientist with remarkable integrity who has stood up to Biotech
giant Syngenta which launched a vicious character assassination
campaign - one fully documented - against him because of his damning
research on their herbicide, Atrazine, and his refusal to bow to their
Recently, Carol Grieve of Food Integrity Now conducted a must
listen interview (33:20) with Dr. Hayes.
The inspiring and modest Dr. Hayes provides first-person insight into
base corruption within Industrial Ag and the gross collusion and
dysfunction of revolving-door 'regulatory' agencies like EPA. This
interview is not to be missed!
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Seed Potatoes.
| Notable Quotes:
The Dalai Lama on Aspiration.
with Lemon and Chives.
by Angela Wotton
New Potatoes with Lemon and Chives.
to 12 whole new potatoes
(about 1 pound)
2 T butter
1 T snipped fresh chives
1 T lemon juice
1/8 tsp sea
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Scrub potatoes thoroughly. Cut potatoes in halves or quarters. In a
large saucepan cook potatoes in a small amount of boiling, lightly
salted water for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Add butter, chives, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the potatoes and
toss gently to coat.
Makes 4 servings
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Here for Our Maine Potato Sampler of the Month Club Section.
Our Mailbox: Little
Seed Balls and Sticky Dough.
Little Seed Balls.
Hi folks, I'm hoping you can
tell me something about the little seed balls that are now growing on
my potato plants. Is there any way to use them? Last year
I squeezed the little seeds out of the balls and dried them. This
spring I planted those little things and nothing happened; there must
be a way to use them, is there one you'd care to share?
each of those seed balls contains 80-100 tiny true potato seeds which
are a cross between the mother plant bearing the seed balls and pollen
from a father plant. If properly dried and stored, the seeds may be
started indoors late winter then planted outside in the garden akin to
tomatoes. Do note they are very slow growing so start them early .
I received my box of wheat
bread, yum! I'm curious though, I made a batch tonight and it was
really sticky. Is the 16 oz. water direction correct? It seemed like
Yes if using a Bread Machine 15oz or 16oz is the
correct amount of water to use with our bread mixes. Some modern
measuring cups are not very precise, so you might find an alternate and
see if your results vary.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm