Losing the fight against the blight

12 Aug

What some had said was inevitable happened. It sounds like the tomatoes at our farm have succumbed to the late blight epidemic. So very sad. Some of my happiest moments each summer have been out in the fields at Brookfield picking cherry tomatoes. Intoxicated by the fragrant herby smell of tomato vines. Listening to kids heeding their parents’ advice about picking the right ones. “Red, red, ripe!” is their mantra as they march down the rows. Warm cherry tomatoes popping with a juicy little burst as I sample a few while picking. The sun beating down and in the stillness I can can almost feel my freckles multiplying. There may be other things to pick this season but it won’t be quite the same.

Here’s a post from two years ago that Josh wrote about tomato season:



2 Responses to “Losing the fight against the blight”

  1. Annie B August 13, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Last night we defrosted the last batch of tomato sauce from last year’s crop and ate it with gusto to memorialize of this year’s not-crop. I’m gonna miss that tomato picking, too.

  2. Mary Alice Crim August 13, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    We’re remembering tomatoes from last year too! And sad that we won’t have an overflowing saucey and salsa filled month.

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