Local Students Could Hit “Pay Dirt” With New Recipe
Beau Baker and Andrew Haarsager Talk About
Their Organic “Skordalia”
KLEW-TV, Lewiston, Idaho
October 25, 2002
By Greg Meyer
At the end of the road is a little bit of paradise. In fact, the sign
still says "Paradise Farm Organics." But Mary Jane Butters says a metamorphosis
of sorts is taking place, and the sign will soon read "MaryJanesFarm."
Most of the crops are in, but there's always plenty to keep everybody
busy. On this day, Moscow High School juniors Beau Baker and Andrew
Haarsager are busy perfecting an original recipe in Mary Jane's new
Pay Dirt Farm School Experimental Kitchen. The pair have been working
on a traditional Greek dish called "skordalia," a type of garlic
mashed potato spread.
"We both worked for Mary Jane at Paradise Farm Organics," Haarsager
said. "One day we went to lunch at a local Greek restaurant and had
this food and told Mary Jane about it, and she suggested we invent a
recipe for it."
"At the time she was making a garlic cookbook," Baker said. "So we
figured this might be a good entry for the cookbook. It was a food that
involved a lot of garlic."
Butters said the kitchen, located in a nicely remodeled shed at MaryJanesFarm, is fully equipped with appliances on long-term loan from the Clearwater Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. It includes a fruit press, food dryer, pressure cookers and food processors. It's available for testing and development of processed food and herbal products by local entrepreneurs and can be rented for only $5 per hour.
Butters, CEO of MaryJanesFarm, said putting the kitchen together fit
into her way of thinking about food and developing organic food markets.
"When you are a cook, you often have someone saying 'this sauce is the
best I've ever tasted, you should sell it'," Butters said. "And that's
the purpose of the experimental Pay Dirt Farm School kitchen."
With her experience as an organic grower and businessperson, Mary Jane Butters is guiding Beau and Andrew through the process of fine-tuning their new product, so it can be formulated and used as a quick and easy, tasty, dried, organic backpacking food.
As far as the organic part of preparing healthy food, it's a way of life Beau and Andrew were introduced to when they started working for Butters.
Only time will tell how successful Beau and Andrew will be with their
Organic Skordalia. But with Mary Jane Butter's help, there's a good
chance the yummy garlic spread will be making it's way into backpacks
all over the world in no time.
Editor's Note: Read more about our Pay
Dirt Farm School.