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Posted on 28 August 2009 by

Stop the Tomato Slander!

Tomato CasualBy Kira Hamman

Let’s get this cleared up right now: the late blight is not the fault of the tomatoes, heirloom or hybrid.

Nor is it the fault of the home gardeners who are trying to distance themselves, even just a little, from the corporate food grid.

It’s not the fault of potatoes, or the recession, or Michelle Obama.

And it’s only kind of the fault of the big box plant brokers who sold the infected plants.

No, the bulk of the blame for the epidemic of late blight this growing season belongs squarely where the blame for epidemics nearly always belongs: Mama Nature. We had a cool, wet spring and early summer, and the blight just loved it. Hey, it happens.

It’s all part of a little process Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14 September 2008 by

Tomato Jam and You

By Michelle Fabio

If everything has gone according to plan, and I hope it has, you’re swimming in tomatoes right now.

There are plenty of ideas for what to do with your crop here on Tomato Casual from freezing to canning to homemade tomato juice, but have you thought about tomato jam?

Before you crinkle your nose (not that you would, tomato lover that you are), this fabulous concoction was recently featured in no less than the New York Times when writer Mark Bittman shared Read the rest of this entry »


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