Drowned Tomatoes and Exploding Cabbages

Slow Food Connecticuts Tomato Tasting 2008, Courtesy Urban Oaks Organic Farm
Slow Food Connecticut's Tomato Tasting 2008, Courtesy Urban Oaks Organic Farm

Extreme weather is wreaking havoc with our crops. My organic CSA reported exploding cabbages in the field from excessive rain and recent summer squash harvests bore the scars of a hail storm. I am also very sad and disappointed to inform you that the annual Slow Food Connecticut’s Tomato To-mah-to 2009: Heirloom Tasting Feast scheduled for Sunday, August 23rd has been canceled, for the first time in eight years, due to the tomato crop loss suffered by hosting farms.

According to Slow Food CT: “Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain and Upper Forty Farm in Cromwell are suffering greatly from circumstances related to this unseasonably cool and wet weather.  It is unclear if there will be any field grown tomato plants surviving in four weeks.  Flooding and blight are taking an enormous toll on everything.  At this point, the areas at Upper Forty where we normally set up the tents and park are saturated with rain to the point that they have been swamp-like for weeks.”

Slow Food Connecticut has established a Tomato Fund in support of the farmers who have generously hosted this event for eight years. Proceeds will be equally divided between Upper Forty Farm and Urban Oaks Organic Farm. Please send a check with your tax-deductible contribution made out to “Slow Food Connecticut” and mail to Susan Chandler, 1870 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06117.   Note “Tomato Fund” on the memo line.

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