Yesterday at the Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, signs told customers that it was the last day of the season for Albert Wilklow’s famous heirloom tomatoes.
Storm water from Hurricane Irene completely flooded the tomato fields of his 156-year-old farm in Ulster County for two days, Mr. Wilklow said. He lost all the tomatoes that had not yet been harvested, a major part of Wilklow Orchards’ summer yield.
“It’s the nature of the game,” Mr. Wilklow said. “You’re always gonna lose something.”
He declined to comment on the total financial impact of the loss of this crop, and said that in some respects he feels fortunate.
“Some people lost their whole farm,” he said.