About a month and a half into my furlough after COVID-19 sent us all into our homes, I started a garden on my porch. For the first time ever, I wanted to grow food. The easiest thing I could think of on my little wooden second story porch was a pepper plant, so during my trip to start my second annual herb pot, I bought a sweet pepper plant and a pot with no holes in the bottom to give it a go. Little did I know that this was a trend starting all across not just the city of Green Bay, but the whole country.
Every day I drive to work now, I drive past homes where I saw exactly zero evidence of any kind of garden in the previous growing season now full of plants. Front yards, once a barren wasteland of suburban grass, have been turned into growing patches for peppers and tomatoes and onions. I look out my window and see every other porch has become home to a similar menagerie of little potted plants, giving it their all in the summer sun to grow food for an insecure and afraid people.
The Great Potato Test
Saturday, August 1st was a day of celebration. We welcomed friends of the blog and friends the person behind it, Matt and Jill Cox, for a day of board games and feasting to celebrate Matt’s birthday during their visit to Green Bay. It’s only a slight exaggeration when I say that I slaved over a bubbling vat of oil to create for them the closest thing I could to the perfect Taco Bell potato. I went so far as to test four different varieties, both battered and fried straight.
Even in commercial supermarkets, a wide variety of potatoes are open to consumers. I had the great pleasure of acquiring German Butterball potatoes from the Farmers market last week, and the grocery store had the usual suspects: Yukon Golds, Russets, and our wildcard, fingerlings. Of them all, german butterball potatoes are the hardest to find in a grocery store, so I knew from the moment I bought them that I would only call for them if they blew the other varieties out of the water.
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