Wood Prairie Family Farm in Aroostook County, Maine, has won a 2018 Green Thumb Award for The Organic Potato Plant Detective, named one of the two best new edible plant introductions in the United States.
Honored in the Edible Plants Division, the Award was presented by the Direct Gardening Association.
Winners of the 2018 Green Thumb Awards were selected by an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning product was selected based on its uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners.
Wood Prairie Family Farm is a second-generation organic farm which has seen members of the Gerritsen family growing organic crops for over 40 years. Two years ago Caleb Gerritsen took over the operation from his parents, Megan and Jim Gerritsen, who started the farm in the mid-1970s. The farm continues to be centered on the production and direct-marketing of MOFGA-Certified Organic seed potatoes and vegetable and grain seed.
"We're thrilled to have won this Green Thumb Award from the DGA," said Caleb Gerritsen. "This marks the fifth time our family has been recognized by the DGA for introducing exceptional plants into the national marketplace."
The Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the eighty-three-year-old Direct Gardening Association (DGA), a nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers via
catalogs and websites.