Warren and Eloise Falk of rural Stockholm say, “This spud’s for you!” The Falks harvested an estimated 4,000 pounds of potatoes from their farm this fall. The potatoes are given to friends and family, but most are destined for those in need and go to the Grant County Food Pantry, Central United Methodist and American Lutheran churches, and similar organizations. The Falk family also says they feel fortunate to be able to grow a bountiful garden and share it with others.
Several years ago, they partnered with the Boy Scouts – their grandsons, Andrew and Noah, are members of Troop 45 of Milbank – and it was a mash made in heaven!
At harvest time, Warren and his son, Wade, use an antique one-row potato lifter that is pulled behind a tractor to bring the spuds out of the ground. The Boy Scouts are the facili-taters, and they pick up the potatoes, load them in buckets, and then transfer them into a trailer. This year, the Scouts spent close to eight hours harvesting, sorting, loading, and bagging or boxing the potatoes. Troop 45 has fondly nicknamed this community service mission “The Potato Project.”
One of the highlights of the project comes after the job has been completed. The group gathers at the Falk residence to enjoy a family-style meal and hash over the events of the day.
If you or someone you know is in need, the potatoes remain available until they are gone. Contact Jeanne Ziegler in the ICAP office at the Grant County Courthouse.