Monday, July 20, 2009

No! Not the Tomatoes!

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During our visit to Katchkie, Farmer Bob gave Brownie some of the worst news she's heard in a long time: there is currently a blight spreading amongst the Northeast's tomato crops. While I was amazed she didn't immediately begin praying to St. Urban of Langres, the patron saint of blight, we both did give each other the "we'll be hoarding tomatoes" look. Luckily, Katchkie's crop hasn't been affected yet-Brownie's gazpacho is still safe.

Katchkie Farms Gazpacho
Last week, this blight hit the public consciousness via The New York Times, Newsday, and my daily read, Gothamist. The fungus itself is the same one that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, and is characterized by white mold encircling gray spots. Like many recent food supply problems, the global economy may be to blame as the disease appears to have come from shipments to major corporate retailers. Many farms, including Stone Barns, have had to destroy some or all of their crops. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate as fungus prefers wet and cold over dry and hot, and we won't have a run on Bloody Marys.

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