October 26th, 2018
27 Issue 21
Issue of The Wood
Firewood Effort on Wood
Prairie Family Farm Snowed Out.
photo looking west towards the mountains was taken this morning, two
days after Wednesday’s snowstorm. Since the end of harvest -
as time has allowed - we have been working on getting in
firewood. By the time this week’s snow, we had already split
& stacked 15 pallet boxes worth of firewood, most of what we’ll
need to get us through the next Winter a year from now.
Thankfully, we had completed all of our harvests and Fall field work
just before the snowfall. In this issue of the Wood Prairie
we use photographs - mostly taken by Sarah
Gerritsen - to tell tales of farm activity in the weeks since the end
of our Potato Harvest.
Locally, most all
potato farmers completed their wet and drawn-out harvest over the last
weekend. A few farmers still have potatoes out in the field,
undug and under the snow. Time will tell but it may be
impossible for them to dig what remains. The forecast for
tonight is again in the mid-teens. With the cold weather
we’ve been experiencing, frost-damage in the remaining undug potatoes
has passed from possibility to likelihood.
We hope wherever you are that
you have enjoyed a good year and that your harvests have been
abundant. We have been shipping organic seed
potatoes every day over the past six weeks to folks in the South and
other mild areas, wanting to get a head start with Fall potato planting.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Wood Prairie Family Farm
|Wood Prairie Family Farm Photos.
Enjoying Pasture on Wood Prairie Family Farm. Earlier
month, while the leaves were still turning color, Lawrence (left) and
Petunia enjoy a crisp Fall day. Petunia is a Irish Dexter x
Low-Line Angus cross born here on our farm. We bought
Lawrence from another Aroostook County organic farmer. He is
a Hereford x Jersey cross. These two calves have become great
friends and are now inseparable.
Herd of Irish Dexter Cattle. This shot was taken on the
same day as the two calves above. Dexters excel in
converting grass into both meat and milk. With Maine’s
reliable rain we can grow a lot of grass. This field was cut
for hay back in July. Six weeks later our cows were fenced
here in order to transform grass (solar energy) into protein.
Pasture Having a Drink. Everyone’s snug, warm
and dry on a thick pile of organic hay bedding in their A-Frame pasture
shelter. This shot is of one of our heritage American Guinea
Hog sows nursing her Fall litter of piglets. Most of the time
our two Guinea hog families are outside foraging but as seen here,
there’s always time for a drink and a nap.
Ranger. This brave and curious piglet wanted to
investigate Sarah as she positioned herself to take this
photo. While it’s not easy to grasp this piglet’s size from
the photo, in reality he is only about the size of a loaf of Banana
Bread. His family was not far away and soon he quickly ran to
the safety of Mom. Three days later this shot was taken, he
and his siblings would
have their first experience with snow.
Manure on 2019 Potato Fields on Wood Prairie Family Farm. We
usually do this barnyard manure-spreading job in June.
However, this year we couldn’t get to it until just last weekend, after
the completion of potato harvest. Here, Caleb is using the
Skidsteer to load a mixture of manure and bedding into our
International 530 Manure Spreader.
Spreader at Work. We finished spreading manure
in the evening last Sunday. The day had been cloudy, windy
and brisk in the mid to high 30s. Jim is bundled up
with layers, turned around and watching the PTO (power take off)
powered manure spreader to make sure the “bed chain” is properly
feeding the load of manure into the “beaters” which evenly
spread the manure backwards and a little bit sideways.
Under Manure. Following the spreading of manure, the next
day, Monday, Caleb used our John Deere Disc Harrow to incorporate the
manure into the soil. Halee our livestock guard dogis on high ground
supervising operations. This disking was the final task in
Fall’s field work. Next year, these manured home farm fields
will be planted to Organic Certified Seed Potatoes.
Snowfall on Wood Prairie Family Farm. After a
pretty mild September, our October has been cold. This 4”
snowfall began falling Wednesday at daylight and that snow is still
with us. We had spent Tuesday putting away firewood, farm
equipment and pallet boxes. We had a nearby neighbor, Doss Morse, who
was born in 1899. His birthday was October 6. Doss
once related to us that one year - long ago- it snowed during Potato
Harvest on his birthday and that snow didn’t leave until the next
April. Now, every year when we get to October, we always
think of Doss and we always keep one eye on the calendar.
Organic Caribou Russet Certified Seed Potatoes.
is a handsome and promising new potato
release from the University of Maine. It was named after the
Aroostook County town of Caribou - heavily steeped in potato history -
and located about 30 miles north of Wood Prairie Family Farm.
As well, “Caribou” is the name soil scientists gave to the world-class
Aroostook potato soil, famously known in potato circles as “Caribou
is rated as having very good culinary
quality, and is especially good for mashing or baking.
Unusual for russets, it is a Mid-Season variety. That
early-maturing quality combined with its moderate set of tubers per
plant earns Caribou
the recommendation of shorter in-row spacing
that other russets, such as Butte
(which is unavailable this year as we
multiply up our seed stock) require.
We think you’ll want to give
this new variety a try. We’ll make it easy! Earn
yourself a FREE
1 Lb. Sack of
Organic Caribou Russet Certified Seed Potatoes
$11.95) when your next order totals $49 or more. FREE Organic Caribou Russet Certified
Seed Potatoes Offer
ends 11:59 PM on Monday October
29. Please use Promo
. Your order and FREE Sack of Organic Caribou Russet
Certified Seed Potatoes
must ship by May 5, 2019. Offer
may not be combined with other offers. Please order TODAY!
Here for Our Organic Wood Prairie Certifiede Maine Seed Potatoes.
|Elie Wiesel on Injustice.
and Potato Gratin.
1/2 lb waxy potatoes
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.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox