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"Late blight" forces substitution for tomatoes

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August is typically the month where tomato enthusiasts can count on an abundance of their beloved juicy, red gems. This year, however, a "late blight" is devastating tomato crops across the Northeast. Farmers and consumers alike are mourning a scarcity of summer’s favorite fruit. For a look at what’s behind this year’s blight and what to substitute for tomatoes in the kitchen, we are joined by Dan Barber. He is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We are also joined by our friend and tomato-lover Melissa Clark. She’s a food writer for the New York Times, and brought a "BLP" (that's bacon, lettuce, and plum) sandwich to share with us. (Check out the recipe for the BLP at the New York Times.)

For more, read Melissa Clark's article, Plums Rescue a Seasonal Favorite, in the New York Times.

Melissa Clark's "BLP" sandwich


Dan Barber and Melissa Clark

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Amy Holmes and Lynn Sherr

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Aug. 24 2009 04:43 PM

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During the 5 minutes I opted to suffer through the show before switching to ME on the AM station, I thought I'd hear an interesting discussion on tomatos. Instead I heard people talking over each other, one host repeatedly asking "what kind of blight?" [...] when the guest had clearly said "late blight" about 5 times, and then the supposedly "expert" guest telling everyone that "all available tomatoes are either sprayed with fungicide or grown in greenhouses" this season. We have at least 40 tomato plants in the garden with no blight, no hothouse, and no fungicide, and there are plenty of fresh, organic NJ tomatos available at local farmer's markets and Stop & Shop. What a waste of time! Please WNYC, take this awful show off the air.

Aug. 19 2009 03:41 PM

Just returned from the Union Sq. market where the tomatoes are beautiful and plentiful. I talked with Tim Stark, the Heirloom Tomato guy -he's having a great tomato year. His tomatoes smell great, taste great, and no, he is not spraying to ward off late blight.
I recommend everyone go out, buy some tomatoes, and see for yourself. It's August - you've got to have tomatoes with your corn, or just by themselves.
BlP sounds good, but I'm sticking with the "t".

Aug. 19 2009 10:31 AM

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