Drought Dispatch: The Drought Tests The Results Of Dry-farming
Dirty Girl’s famous dry-farmed tomatoes are almost gone, two months early. Photo: Good Eggs/Colin Price
Drought Dispatch is an ongoing series tracking how the California drought is affecting food in the Bay Area in both expected and unexpected ways.
A week ago, Dirty Girl Produce sent out an email to customers that set many on edge: Thanks to the drought, the Santa Cruz farm’s famous dry-farmed tomatoes were going to be in short supply. “We are looking at only 2-3 more weeks of tomato season with a little trickle of fruit after that,” the message warned.
Owner Joe Schirmer confirmed via telephone that the growing season for his eight acres of tomatoes, which normally stretches into November, was just about over. Schirmer planted in two waves: One. . .