Hard day at school, and after hopping of the bus, I enter the Maine farm house met by the smell of mom cooking fresh chocolate donuts.
This is one of many fond childhood memories. No doubt your mom made some dishes like no other since. Potato salad, baked beans we grew, and home made bread was another family crowd pleaser. To dine on after working hard on the Maine farm land. Or repairing buildings or working in the potato house loading trailer trucks.The spud loads headed to produce centers in the winter destined for markets in Boston, Hartford or New York City.
Growing up on a Maine farm meant I saw my parents a lot thru the day, and worked hand in hand with my three older brothers.
In addition to raising potatoes, grain, dry bean and sugar beets, we planted a very large truck garden and sold produce at a farm stand. This income helped get us thru the summer when most of the household dollars are planted in the ground, waiting on fall harvest to get the crop into potato storage. Now local Aroostook County farmers also grow peas and broccoli. Lots of grains.
We were never hungry, had mittens /hats knit by mom, used our imaginations and had fun as a Maine farm family.
We learned about mechanics, carpentry, work ethic in addition to farming. Back in the 1800’s, 96 percent of us were living on family farms. Now less than 3% of the population raises food or critters. Northern Maine is well know for spud production, Washington County and Down East for blueberries. We sold lots of corn, squash and strawberries at the farm stand too. With Canada roughly two miles away, we crossed the border to pick apples and strawberries to resell too.
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