Welcome to Aroostook County Maine, better known as “The County”. When you’re up in The County, you’re way up north. Take a tour of the Northern Maine potato harvest with Tim Sample in this 1990s Post Card From Maine that appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.
Traditionaly, schools in Aroostook County would let out for a few weeks in the Fall so students could help out with the harvest and earn some extra money, money that was essential for them to buy necessities like new clothes for school. While most farms had upgraded to modern harvesting equipment (even in the early 1990s) negating the need for hand pickers, a handful of small farms still employed kids to do the work.
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