Fort Minor sang it best:
This is 10% luck
15% concentrated power of will
100% reason to remember the name
Leptinotarsa decemlineata…..aka the potato bug
I haven’t decided if we should be “remembering the name” of the potato bug or the name of the fantastic farmers who have fought bravely in the fight to protect the potatoes. Nevertheless, perhaps all names should be considered.
This summer our farm crew has been fighting the good fight. So that we all may enjoy potatoes, not just in a week or two but through the long cold winter months.
Some interesting facts brought to you by the University of Minnesota Extension Office:
- Potato bugs feed off of leaves; if left alone they will likely completely defoliate a potato plant
- They spend the winter 5-10 inches underground, plotting their mischievous plans for the spring
- They prefer temperatures in the mid 80s, allowing the larva to complete metamorphosis in 10 short days
Potato bug removal is 10% luck-because sometimes they can be sneaky and hide in the leaves. It is also 20% skill because we are trained experts in our profession. It is 15% concentrated power of will because the good fight has been a never ending story. It is 5% pleasure because there is satisfaction in a 5 gallon bucket of bugs. There is also 50% pain because it’s difficult to be hunched over for many hours.
I believe I speak for everyone who works and volunteers on the Food Farm when I say we are happy to do whatever it takes to protect these veggies. You deserve the best produce in a CSA box.
Speaking of protecting veggies, the fencing is going up across the road! Janaki, Garrett and I started to unroll fencing on Friday. The season of bounty is upon up; plenty of vegetables, plenty to do, and plenty of irrigating.
From a beautiful busy farm crew-
In your CSA box:
Basil – Green Cabbage – Carrots – Cilantro – Cucumbers – Kale – Lettuce – Green Onion – Snap Peas – Green pepper – Hot pepper – Tomatoes – Zucchini
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Snap Peas
- 3 cups sugar snap peas
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp finely minced garlic
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss peas in olive oil to evenly coat. In separate bowl combine bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic. Add the panko bread crumb mixture to the peas and toss until evenly covered.
Arrange peas on greased baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Lemon Zucchini Bread
- 1-1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- Zest of one large lemon
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cup grated zucchini
For the glaze!
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 tsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bread pan and set aside.
In large bowl whisk together dry ingredients; flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bow combine sugar and lemon zest. Add olive oil, lemon juice and eggs until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients to wet mixture. Fold in Zucchini last. Add mixture to bread pan. Bake 40-45 minutes.