As the NUMBER ONE agriculture county in New York State due to the large number of grape growers and wineries, Suffolk County has a lot to lose if we don't get more heat and sun to sweeten up those grapes and help along the tomatoes and corn and a lot less rain. According to Newsday, Senator Schumer agrees and is rallying behind farmers by declaring a crop disaster on Long Island.
Last week, a farmer told me that due to the lack of sun, her corn would be several weeks late. This weekend, I had some delicious "imported" "local" corn that was brought in from Western Suffolk county for sale at the Bridgehampton farm stand -- apparently there was more sun up island. They expect Bridgehampton grown corn in the next couple of weeks.
Two weeks ago, I got a note from my Chubby Bunny CSA farmer in CT letting me know that there would be no fruit delivery due to the heavy rains which caused the cherries to split open and burst -- this is the first time in the several years I've been a CSA member that there was no fruit delivery. Of course, this is a risk that you take with a Community Supported Agriculture subscription -- when there is an abundant harvest I know that I will get more fruits and vegetables and when there is crop failure I get less. A risk, of course, that I'm willing to take for great tasting veggies.
Over the weekend, New York Senator Chuck Schumer asked the USDA to grant "disaster declaration" to Long Island Farmers to compensate them for lost crops -- specifically soggy spinach, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, potatoes and grapes.
From Newsday: "Schumer Backs LI Farmers Seeking Federal Loans"by Keith Herbert (7/11/09)"Sen. Charles Schumer is adding some political muscle to Long Island armers seeking low-interest loans from the federal government because of crop losses. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Schumer requested that the agency swiftly grant disaster declaration status to farmers whose crops have been devastated by higher-than-normal rain recently.It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for the Agriculture Department to make a disaster declaration."Sometimes it takes a little too long, particularly when you're in the middle of growing season," Schumer said Saturday. "The loss time could matter a great deal.".... MORE