There are a couple pests in particular that are a problem for northeastern farmers. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is high on the most wanted list. In fact the Stop BMSB website created by the BMSB Integrated Pest Management Working Group reads like an FBI crime bulletin. From the website: “The brown marmorated stink bug is a voracious eater that damages fruit and vegetable crops. Our team of more than 50 researchers is uncovering the pest’s secrets to find management solutions that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.” Note the wording around “management solutions,” which means bug-zapping solutions without pesticides!
You’ve probably noticed the stink bug in your house and said “what the heck?!” You too can become a soldier in the war against the stink bug; fill a foil roasting pan with water and dish soap and put a light over the pan to attract the bugs in a dark room.
This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Celery root (aka celeriac) is gloriously ugly, earthy and beautifully fragrant, and much easier to cook with than it appears. A starchy, versatile root vegetable with a more mild taste than celery. NPR calls it “the vegetable world’s ugly duckling”, but we like to think its looks add to its charm…