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July 30, 2009


I planted tomatoes for the first time this year on my apartment balcony. Two of them were hit hard by blight, one's showing signs and I'm counting the days until my fourth goes too. All that work down the drain. It's disheartening.

Thank you for sharing this excerpt with us. I keep hearing about blight, but reading a first hand experience really brings things into perspective. We've got a few containers of tomatoes growing that are still green so time will tell if ours will have the same fate.

News like this is always so tragic. So much blood, sweat, and tears that goes into farming..all wiped out, just like that.

I used to make weekend trips to my local farmer's market, but in recent years I've been going during the week, as well. Anything to support them, instead of the giant commercial markets.

Thank you! I've been wanting to write something on my local food blog about this...I ended up just linking to your post :)

I keep wondering if I'll run into you at the pick up some time this summer. I think I'd recognize you from pictures on your blog, so if some crazy, gigantically enormous pregnant woman trying desperately to keep her 4 year old twins from swimming in the mud puddles ever approaches you, well, don't be overly alarmed. That's me.

I think of you often, and hope all is going well with your treatment.

While this is sad, it makes me very happy to be part of CSA and know that I am supporting a fram throughout a tough time like this. And it makes me even more committed to joining again next year. I feel much more connected to my food and the hard work that foes into making it. I am also more grateful knowing how fragile this work can be.

Thank you for this post.

Want to know how lame I am? When I started researching images based on this post, I literally became nauseated. Apparently I can't handle any level of blightedness or grossness, whether in human or plant.

And now I'm going to go cry.

Crap. No local tomatoes at all? I was looking forward to heirlooms at the farmer's market upon my return to Boston. :(

The blight has spread as far south as Maryland. My CSA was definitely hit. The greenhouse plants are the only ones to survive it.


I live in upstate NY, and with our wet summers I am constantly battling septoria leaf spot on my tomatoes. I hadn't heard anything about a blight until now.

Oh dear. I have found my tomatoes withering and rotting too. I was afraid it might be the blight, now I am pretty positive.

I was hoping to make and can tons of cheap salsa this summer buying tomatoes from the Union Square Farmer's Market. Can you help me map out exactly where late blight is occurring by adding your outbreak at http://gardenobserver.com/report/late-blight ?

It's funny a few weeks ago I go a e-mail from the U-Mass Extension program about the tomato blight. Here's the link if anyone is interested

Another great bit of information Tammy. I LOVE tomatoes and look forward to them in August. It's hard to imagine that they may not be around.

On the plus side I've been driving by Verrill Farm in Concord on the way to my mom's and their plants look pretty good so far.

Update: It's confirmed...all four of my heirloom plants have late blight. Now I'm serious about crying.

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