It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

The late blight has really been rough Northeast tomato producers and back yard gardeners, but Tomato Casual wants people to stop playing the blame game and understand that Mother Nature has her reasons.

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.

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My friends over at Sustainablog are letting us know about robotic farming and its ability to enhance sustainable farming.

If you picture a grain farmer out tending a field, you might imagine someone sitting on the metal seat of a tractor like the one in the picture above, moving slowly across a field - perhaps the farmer has a straw hat.  That image seems attractive as long as you are not the farmer.  Fortunately, this isn’t the real situation in the developed world or we wouldn’t get anyone in our rapidly aging population to do full-time farming on the multiple thousand-acre farms that are typical of a modern, Midwestern family farm.
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Last year, I wrote about Lorna Sass’ Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen, an early ‘90’s cookbook that seemed ahead of its time. I’ve been surprised that I haven’t read more about Sass. The Green Fork hopes that more people become familiar with her cookbooks.
Meet Lorna Sass, one of America’s foremost experts on pressure cookers and whole grains. Think of her as the Ed Begley Jr. of the cookbook world–a pioneer in the art of low-carbon cooking. She’s been showing us how to eat low on the food chain for decades with a series of cookbooks that provide all the techniques you need to prepare fast, simple, and satisfying plant-based meals.
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The Good Human has a pictorial of front yards that have been turned into edible gardens. These yards put my one little tomato plant in a barrel by my front door to shame.

What good does all that grass really do anyway? Wouldn’t a front yard covered with edible plants make a lot more sense than just a big expanse of grass that needs mowing but serves no purpose? Well, these people have discovered the art of planting edible gardens in their front yards, which simultaneously saves them money on buying vegetables and contributes to better health. This is truly using your land to your advantage! I would love to pick tomatoes from my front yard instead of spend time mowing it, so I am pretty jealous of what they have been able to do. Take a look:
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Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Friday food news roundup 8/28/2009
Food news from around the web for your weekend reading.