Allan from the Steering Committee checked in on my plot while I was away; the rainy weather last week as well as the pathetic harvest alleviated him from much responsibility. In an email to me today, he indicated that "a lot of tomato plants in the garden are looking rough." Then he upheld his reputation as a thorough web sleuth by forwarding some useful links. One, a brochure about tomato diseases and disorders, provides clear descriptions and photos.
The photos on pages 9-10 of tomatoes afflicted with physiological disorders could have been taken from my previous harvests. However, I should stop beating myself up over fruits that have succumbed to blossom-end rot, cracking, and catfacing (those funny bulges that develop on beefsteak varieties), since they are usually the result of environmental stresses such as fluctuations in temperature and are therefore beyond my control. Also, these conditions usually damage part of the tomato and can be cut away.