5-Star Customer Service from Woods Prairie Farms

Today I received a personalized phone call from Megan at Wood Prairie Farms www.woodprairie.com who had read my blog post while doing an Internet search. Owners, Jim and Megan Gerritson are pioneering the practice of organically grown potatoes.

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Apparently my blog review of their company and my 2015 sampler sweet potatoes order gave them pause to reconsider their shipping methods and costs. Megan said, “Your blog post caused us to reconfigure our shipping costs and I wanted you to be the first person to know this. And I hope that you will reconsider ordering from us again this coming year.” Thank you Megan!

I use to be in the public relations and marketing business and owned my own company so I know good business practices when I see them. And this is what I call five-star customer service!

Seed Potato sampler

If you follow my blog you know that I ordered the “Organic Experimenters” Special” sampler of organic sweet potatoes from Wood Prairie Farms last season. I was thrilled to find Monsanto free potatoes and was willing to pay the $19.95 advertised price for 12 potatoes of four varieties but I was shock in the costs of their shipping and handling fees.

Yes, the potatoes arrived in a top drawer custom printed  box, with a four-color Maine Potato Catalog and four-color postcards describing  each of the potato varieties s I ordered , but I was, quite frankly, dismayed at the cost of the shipping. Yes, I should have asked while I had them on the phone but in all honestly I was so excited to have finally found organic, non-GMO sweet potatoes, I failed to ask. See the entry here: https://smallhousebigskyhomestead.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/potato-plantin…-the-homestead/

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Wood Prairies Farms is family owned, just the kind of company I prefer to do business with. And they certainly make good on what they promise. But as a senior citizen on a fixed income costs are always on top of my mind. I have to be sure that the produce grown is worth the outlay of costs involved.

I am not being paid for this post. This entry is just being written from my heart. I am impressed with their customer service and follow though. And this year when you plan your garden, I hope you will give them a try.  To order toll-free call 1-800-829-9765 and ask for Megan. And, please tell her you read my post.

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Feel free to check out their site and their products on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/woodprairiefarm/

Small House homestead, Donna

Whole Lotta Cooking Going on!

While Gene was outside this weekend building the covered chicken enclosure this weekend, I was doing a lot of cooking.

Baked sweet potatoe

I roasted an organic Amish chicken in a galvanized roasting pan filled with onions, garden tomatoes and organic carrots. The sides for that meal were Fruit stuffed sweet potatoes. YUM! And, did you know that sweet potatoes are a super food?

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Shssss. don’t tell anyone but I think I am having an affair with sweet potatoes right now…

Baked sweet potatoe

Then I took the chicken bones and boiled them up and made my famous kale, sweet potato, sausage and fennel soup. This soup has a couple of culinary surprises too and they are a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. On a cold winter day this soup is to die for. This recipe is one I adapted from RecipeKeys.com

Fruit Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

(Adapted from www.recipekeys.com) by Donna Allgaier-Lamberti

This is Gene absolute favorite!!

INGREDIENTS:

½ half cup half and half (I do not use this)

2 sticks of butter (I do not use butter but sub. maple syrup)

12 Sweet Potatoes (I use 6 for the two of us)

3 Granny Smith Apples finely chopped (I use 2 apples of whatever type I have on hand)

½ cup Macadamia Nuts finely chopped (I use one small bag of Pecan nuts finely chopped)

½ cup finely chopped dried apricots

2 handfuls of craisin’s

½ cup (or more) of maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:

  1. On day one (the day before I am serving) I bake the potatoes in a glass casserole dish at 350 for one hour. Refrigerate.
  2. Slit potatoes length wise and then crosswise to make it easier to scoop out a section of potato to later stuff.
  3. Take sweet potatoes pieces remove skinned and chop up small to add to fruit mixture.
  4. Cut apples in half, core, skin and dice.
  5. Chop up rest of the fruit and mix fruit and removed potatoes in a bowl.
  6. Spoon the fruit mixture back into the opening in the potatoes.
  7. Heat oven to 325.
  8. Pour the maple syrup over the top of the potatoes and fruit mix.
  9. Sprinkle nuts over the potatoes and mixture.
  10. Cook for one hour or slightly more.

I’m sorry I don’t have a photograph of the soup to share. My camera card is full to the brim and I have to go to town to buy another card, but not today.

We ate like kings and queens this weekend. I hope your holidays were full of healthy and delicious culinary surprises as well!

Small House Homesteader, Donna