Crosswinds residents harvest memories during potato farm visit
FORT KENT, Maine — A visit to G and S Farms in Fort Kent yielded barrels full of memories and potatoes for ten Crosswinds residents on Sept. 28.
This is the ninth year in a row that residents of the residential care facility have visited the potato farm owned by Gil Caron.
“Mr. Caron lets us drive right into his barn so the residents can walk safely to watch while they rack sort their potatoes. Some of the residents are given the opportunity to help out or they prefer to watch as the employees do their work,” Crosswinds activities director Patti Voisine said. “Then (the residents) can put some big potatoes in a bucket to bring back home. They can also pick from the potatoes that are piled up in the potato house.”
The most recent visit elicited memories for the residents of potato harvests past.
“We hear lots of stories, plus (the residents recall) how many barrels they picked,” Voisine said.
Then, activities coordinator Diana Sylvain and Voisine helped the residents enjoy the rewards of the farm visit back at Crosswinds.
“Diana and myself fry up the potatoes in the dining room,” Voisine said. “The smells just make their mouths water and they share stories about cooking as well.”
Crosswinds kitchen staff later baked the remaining potatoes for the residents.
“Mr. Caron‘s hospitality to our residents should be praised,” Voisine said.