November 27, 2017
Sue McCrum of County Super Spuds in Northeastern Maine is a FarmHer through and through. Sue didn’t grow up on a farm, but she married Jay, a farmer and her life story changed from there. About 45 years ago Sue and Jay planted their first potato crop as the fourth generation on his family’s farm. Over the years they built their family, built a business and the couple, who have always worked together side by side, grew with it. Eventually, it made the most business sense for Sue to leave her full-time job in the medical field to be on the farm and raise her family. She then jumped in with both feet, raising kids, making food, driving tractors and helping at harvest. Over the years she has done just about every job on the farm at some point or another.
Today, the sizable farming operation is still very much a family business, with many different parts of their family involved. From Sue’s sons Darrell ad to cousins, nieces, siblings and more, it seems like everyone in the family has a role on the farm. On my trip to the small town up in the tip-top of Maine, Presque Isle, Sue met me at the airport and we quickly drove to a nearby potato field where harvesters were running. While it was late September, the weather in the Northeast was unseasonably warm and they could only harvest during the cooler morning hours. I learned that temperature is everything for potatoes. We caught the harvester on its last trip down the field before shutting down for the day. We then followed the trucks back to the processing facility where I was able to see the sorting and cleaning process up close. From there, the potatoes are stored in temperature controlled buildings, where they can stay until they are sold. In the McCrum’s instance the potatoes often go on to become McDonald’s french fries, Lays or Cape Cod potato chips…all close friends of my palate!
As Sue introduced me to her family, showed me the years of photos and told me about the operation, it was easy to see that her family and agriculture are her life. Everything she does builds a brighter future for her children and grandchildren, one of which was at her Grandma’s side throughout the day. Over the past years, Sue’s role on the farm has changed and evolved. Today she is very involved in organizations that support agriculture, one of which being the Agri-Women organization. She was part of the start of that organization in Maine and went on to become the President of the national organization. Sue even completed a trip across the U.S. as the President.
It is easy to see Sue’s passion on her face and hear it in her voice as she talks about her family and farm. Sue is the perfect example of a strong FarmHer. Over time she has played many different roles on the farm, but they are all important to the health of their operation and the success of her family. She has given so much to her family, community and to the greater ag industry through her service and that is the mark of a FarmHer - Caring for her community, whether that community is in your own house, down the street or across the country.
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