Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Late Blight Hits Us Too

In Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review section, Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns wrote a lengthy op-ed piece about late blight as it pertains to tomatoes, which included our role as home gardeners. What a shame I thought as I read the article, glad that I had purchased our little plant from a reputable organic farmer at our local farmer’s market. Then tonight, I told the kids they could harvest their little bounty off our tomato plant on the patio and lo and behold, we’ve been struck as well. Bummer. The article hits home. Our tomatoes aren’t ruined—yet, but only some look appetizing. And so, it is a little ironic that the next recipe I was going to share with you was meant to take advantage of all of the plentiful tomatoes around in August. I’ll share it anyway, but maybe you’d prefer to tuck it away for next summer.

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