Check out Dan Barber’s op-ed You
Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster.
A depressing quote from it:
Here’s the unhappy twist: the explosion of home
gardeners — the very people most conscious of buying local food and opting out
of the conventional food chain — has paradoxically set the stage for the worst
local tomato harvest in memory.
Does Barber have answers? Somewhat. More diverse
plantings, working with cooperative extensions, looking at tomatoes bred for
resistance. There’s no question that the incredibly wet weather the Northeast
has been under for months now isn’t helping. We have had hurricane-level rain accumulation in Western New York for the last couple days. I don't grow many vegetables (just a couple heirloom cherry tomato plants) but my friends who do are not happy. I have not yet checked in on our local farmers. But the sun is coming this week!